Englebright Lake is nestled in the scenic Sierra foothills east of Marysville. Constructed for the storage of hydraulic gold mining debris, Englebright Dam is a concrete arch structure. It spans 1,142 feet across and is 260 feet high.
The dam is in the steep Yuba River gorge known as the Narrows, holding back a 9-mile long lake with a surface area of 815 acres. The lake is unique in that it offers boat-in camping only.
Englebright Lake recreation guide
21 miles east of Marysville on State Highway 20.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
PO Box 6
Smartville, CA 95977-0006
FAX (530) 432-6418
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The park is open all year.
From Marysville, travel east on State Highway 20 for 21 miles. Watch for roadside signs. Turn left on Mooney Flat Road and travel 2.5 miles to the park entrance.
Group tours and ranger programs can be scheduled by calling 530-432-6427.
Picnic facilities are available at the Narrows Recreation Area. Each site has a picnic table, barbeque grill and lawn area. Enjoy a short scenic hike to the dam overlook area or along the less strenuous fishing access trail.
Please help us make everyone's visit enjoyable by:
- Keeping your pets leashed at all times and cleaning up after them.
- Building campfires in designated grills and not on beaches.
- Being quiet, especially between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Operating and parking all vehicles in designated areas only.
- Camping and mooring overnight in designated campsites only.
- Being a good neighbor and keeping a clean campsite.
- Reporting safety hazards to park personnel.
- Watching children closely when around water.
- Reading the park rules, copies of which are posted throughout the park.
All areas are patrolled by Corps of Engineers park rangers and deputies of the Yuba and Nevada County Sheriff's Departments. If you need help, contact a park ranger or deputy sheriff or dial 9-1-1.