Boat-in Campgrounds

Garden Point and Madrone Cove

New Bullards Bar Reservoir

New Bullards Bar Reservoir

New Bullards Bar lake, CA

New Bullards Bar Reservoir

Lake Oroville
Attractions and Activities

Lake Oroville is very popular with anglers seeking bass, with boaters and water skiers, hikers, horseback riders, and anyone looking for outdoor recreation.

  • Lake Oroville water skiing, jet boating, sailing, boating, wake boarding, and swimming
  • Horse camps and floating and boat-in camps
  • Lake Oroville Visitor Center with museum and exhibits
  • Marinas with boat rentals, launch ramps
  • Spend a week on a houseboat cruising all the inlets and coves.
  • Hike the trails around the lake, including the popular Feather Falls trail
  • Bicycle on the many roads and paths open to cycling.
  • In Oroville visit the Feather River Nature Center, the Pioneer History Museum, and the Feather River Fish Hatchery.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Use bear-proof storage lockers for food and similar items.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.

Garden Point & Madrone Cove Campgrounds

New Bullards Bar Reservoir has two boat-in campgrounds - Garden Point and Madrone Cove. Garden Point Campground is on the tip of a narrow peninsula between the Willow Creek arm and the main North Yuba River arm of the reservoir. Madrone Cove Campground is 6 miles up the North Yuba River arm from Dark Day Launch Ramp. Both campgrounds are only accessible by boat.

Garden Point Campground has 20 campsites, a number of which can be combined to form double sites. Madrone Cove has 10 campsites. There is no potable water at either campground. Garbage must be packed out.

Campgrounds at Bullards Bar are operated by Emerald Cove Marina. A minimum two-night stay is required for weekends and 3 nights on major summer holiday weekends.

Campground Basics
Location: New Bullards Bar Reservoir shoreline
Elevation: 1,900 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 95 miles, 2:12 minutes
Oroville - 54 miles, 1:40
Number of Sites: Garden Point - 20
Madrone Cove - 10
Open - Closed: Mid-April through mid-October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 for single sites, more for doubles and triples
Pets: on leash, always attended
Emerald Cove Marina: 877-692-3201

Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations for the current year begin February 1
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $24 per night for single site
Reservations: Garden Point and Madrone Cove Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Garden Point and Madrone Cove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, food storage box; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Swimming, water skiing, fishing, boating, Dark Day Launch Ramp, Bullards Bar Trail, Emerald Cove Marina with boat rentals, Camptonville, mountain biking

New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA

New Bullards Bar Reservoir

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 locally.

Accessible Sites

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

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