Schoolhouse Campground

New Bullards Bar Reservoir


New Bullards Bar Reservoir


Schoolhouse Campground, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA

Schoolhouse Campground

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 Schoolhouse Campground enjoy nicely shaded campsites. Many interesting places to explore are nearby.

  • 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 Schoolhouse 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.

Schoolhouse Campground

Schoolhouse Campground sits on a ridge above the south shore of New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest. Campgrounds at Bullards Bar are operated by Emerald Cove Marina. Visitors to the campground enjoy boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, and hiking. The campground is about ½ mile from Dark Day Boat Ramp and 3 miles from Cottage Creek Boat Ramp. A ⅔-mile trail leads to the water's edge.

Schoolhouse Campground has 56 campsites. Twelve of them are double sites. All can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. A minimum two-night stay is required for weekends and 3 nights on major summer holiday weekends.

Schoolhouse Campground Basics
Schoolhouse Campground Location: south shore of New Bullards Bar Reservoir, off Marysville Rd.
Elevation: 2,250 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 94 miles, 2:11 minutes
Oroville - 53 miles, 1:39
Number of Sites: 56
Open - Closed: Mid-April through mid-October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (fee for additional vehicles)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Emerald Cove Marina: 877-692-3201

Reservations for Schoolhouse Campground
Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations for the current year begin February 1
Maximum RV/trailer Length: most sizes accepted; check website as you make your reservation
Accessible Sites: None designated, accessible restrooms
Fees: $24 per night
Reservations: Schoolhouse Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Schoolhouse Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, food storage box; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: N0
Attractions near Schoolhouse Campground: Head down to the lake for swimming, wakeboarding, waterskiing, or just cruising. Take advantage of the nearby Dark Day Launch Ramp. Fish for Kokanee salmon and bass. Hike the Bullards Bar Trail. Stop at the Emerald Cove Marina for boat rentals. Visit historic Camptonville. Try mountain biking the Bullards Bar Loop.

Emerald Cove Marina, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA

Emerald Cove Marina

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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