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Welcome to Englebright Lake

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


Location:
21 miles east of Marysville on State Highway 20.

Mailing Address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Englebright Lake
PO Box 6
Smartville, CA 95977-0006
Telephone:
(530) 432-6427
FAX (530) 432-6418

E-mail:
englebright-info@usace.army.mil

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The park is open all year.

Directions:
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.

Ranger Programs:
Group tours and ranger programs can be scheduled by calling 530-432-6427.

Day Use:
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.

image - scenic Englebright Lake

Recreation at Englebright Lake

Day Use:
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.

Boat-in Camping: (first-come first-served basis)
Camping at Englebright Lake is unique as all campsites are boat-in only and located along the lake's 24 miles of shoreline. Each campsite consists of a table, fire grill, lantern hanger and level spot for tents. Portable restrooms are centrally located in all campgrounds. Drinking water is available near each launch ramp.

Boating:
The lake provides plenty of space for the boating enthusiast, water skier or angler. Boats can be launched from one of two boat ramps located near the park's entrance. Due to narrow canyons and sharp bends, the upper 4 miles of the lake are not suitable for waterskiing and/or towing any type of inflatable device. Therefore, these activities are restricted to the lower five miles of the lake. A counter-clockwise direction of travel is strictly enforced for the safety of park visitors.

Skippers Cove Marina:
Skippers Cove Marina (530-432-6302) offers boat rentals, mooring, gas, sewage pumping and store facilities.

Fishing:
To the expert or beginning angler, Englebright means fish. Game fish such as rainbow and brown trout, large and smallmouth bass and Kokanee salmon abound in the lake's clear, cool water. Catfish and sunfish can also be caught. Fish may be taken from the shore or boat by bottom fishing or trolling with bright, flashy lures.

Fees:

Boat-in camping (first-come first-served basis) Group picnic Day use
$20 - May 1 thru Sept. 30 $50 - $75 per day (reservations required) $4 per day
$30 annual pass

The Golden Age and Golden Access passport program expired Dec. 31, 2006. However, both passes are still honored as evidence of eligibility for related discounts at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks. Corps parks also honor two of the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes: the Interagency Senior and Interagency Access passes. The Corps does not sell or issue either pass.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sells an annual pass for $30. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year, and is sold at all Corps parks.

Yuba River reconnaisance study

In March 2014, Congress approved $150,000 for a Corps reconnaissance study to determine what more can be done regarding ecosystem restoration in the Yuba. Now underway, this study is a necessary first step to identify the scope of the issue, begin to develop possible solutions, and to identify potential cost-share partners who could participate in the more detailed feasibility study and ultimately assist in implementing the solution.

Englebright and Daguerre Point dams fish habitat

View photos from the study HERE

Conservation

   

 

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