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

New Bullards Bar Area
Attractions and Activities

New Bullards Bar Reservoir is known a quieter and more scenic alternative to the bigger neighboring lakes such as Oroville and Folsom. Campers at Boat-in Campgrounds enjoy more rustic camping away from the crowds and yet close to their boats. A quick boat trip carries campers to many of the lake's attractions.

  • Visit Emerald Cove Marina for small boat and houseboat rentals.
  • Set out on the lake for a day of wakeboarding, cruising, jet skiing, or waterskiing.
  • Fish from shore or boat for Kokanee salmon, bass, crappie, and bluegill.
  • Pick up bait and tackle at the Emerald Cove general store.
  • Hike on a number of local trails.
  • Visit nearby communities such as Camptonville and historic Nevada City.
  • Spend a day at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
  • Head downstream to various spots along the scenic Yuba River, including the old Bridgeport Covered Bridge.

Key Boat-in Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.
  2. Avoid problems with bears. Use bear-proof storage lockers for food and similar items.
  3. Fires are only permitted in the provided fire rings.

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.

Boat-in Campground Basics
Boat-in Campground 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 for Boat-in Campgrounds
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: Enjoy New Bullards Bar Reservoir for swimming, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. Fish from shore or boat for Kokanee salmon, bass, crappie, and bluegill. Visit Dark Day Launch Ramp and Day Use Area. Hike along the Bullards Bar Trail. Head to Emerald Cove Marina with boat rentals. Tour historic Camptonville. Try mountain biking the Bullards Bar Loop.

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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