Englebright Lake
Boat-in Campgrounds

Nevada and Yuba Counties

Englebright Lake

Narrow Day Use Area at Englebright Lake, CA

Narrows Day Use Area at Englebright Lake

Englebright Lake
Attractions and Activities

Only a few miles west of Grass Valley, Englebright Lake offers a variety of recreation opportunities.

  • Water skiing, wake boarding, pleasure boating
  • Explore beaches and coves, hike to waterfalls and meadows
  • Enjoy a family picnic
  • Rent all kinds of boats from houseboats to ski and fishing boats
  • Take advantage of the 24-hour showers and laundry.
  • Cast your line into the lake for trout, bass, crappie, bluegills, and catfish

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Fires: Only permitted in designated grills, not on beaches
  2. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.
  3. Quiet Hours: 10 PM to 6 AM.

Englebright Lake Boat-in Campgrounds

Englebright Lake offers boat-in campsites along its 24 miles of miles of winding shoreline in the foothills of Nevada County. The lake is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Visitors often start their day at Skippers Cove Marina where there are boat rentals, a launch ramp, and other facilities. Popular activities on the lake include fishing, water skiing, and pleasure boating.

Englebright Lake has 16 boat-in campgrounds with a total of 95 campsites. None of the campsites at Englebright Lake are accessible by car. All the campsites are first-come, first served. Some sites are on beaches, others tucked in coves, and some along the river. Potable water is available at the two launch ramps - at the Narrows Day Use Area near the dam and the Joe Miller Ravine Ramp. The Boston Bar Campground has Group Campsites.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Marysville Road, 10 miles north off Highway 20
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Marysville - 24 miles, 31 minutes
Grass Valley - 32 miles, 38 minutes
Number of Sites: more than 95
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 4 (including children) (fee for extra people up to 8)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Information: (530) 432-6427

No Reservations First come, first served
Accessible Sites: None designated, accessible toilets
Fees: $20 per night
Check-in, check-out: Noon

Englebright Lake Boat-in Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire grill, tent pad, lantern hanger, plastic bag for packing out trash
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Englebright Lake with boating, fishing, water skiing; Bridgeport covered bridge, hiking trails, Western Gateway regional Park in Penn Valley, historic Grass Valley and Nevada City, Empire Mine State Park

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood should be obtained from the local area.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

map of campground locations at Englebright Lake, CA

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