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image - houseboats on Englebright Lake

Boat launch facilities and day-use recreation areas are open. Use of campgrounds and group picnic shelters is prohibited and the project office remains closed to visitors.

image - Englebright Lake water level today

Welcome to Englebright Lake

Englebright Lake is nestled in the scenic Sierra foothills on Highway 20 between the cities of Marysville and Grass Valley. Constructed for the storage of hydraulic gold mining debris, Englebright Dam is a concrete arch structure which 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


21 miles east of Marysville on State Highway 20. 

15 miles west of Grass Valley on State Highway 20. 

Mailing Address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Englebright Lake

PO Box 6

Smartville, CA 95977-0006



FAX 530-432-6418


Office Hours: (subject to change)
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 Englebright Lake roadside signs. Turn left on Mooney Flat Road and travel 2.5 miles to the park entrance on the left. 

From Grass Valley, travel west of State Highway 20 for 15 miles. Watch for Englebright Lake roadside signs. Turn right on Mooney Flat Road and travel 2.5 miles to the park entrance on the left. 

For more information:
Call 530-432-6427

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 in designated campsites only.
  • Overnight mooring in designated areas 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.

Useful Links:

Rules and Regulations:

Title 36 - Parks, Forests, and Public Property Chapter III - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Part 327 - Rules and regulations governing public use of Water Resources Development Projects administered by the Chief of Engineers.


Every Kid in a Park: 4th graders can get free parks access.

Bobber the Water Safety Dog: Information on water safety for children.

Operation Dry Water: Learn about the dangers of BUI - Boating Under the Influence of alcohol.

National Water Safety Program: Information that could help save your life or the life of someone you care about.



Recreation at Englebright Lake

Day Use:

Picnic facilities are available at the Narrows Recreation Area. Each site has a picnic table and barbecue grill. Enjoy a short scenic hike to the dam overlook area or along the less strenuous fishing access trail.

Boat-in Camping: (Open year-round on a 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. We have a total of 18 campgrounds and 100 campsites available for your use. For more information about camping, please check out our Englebright Lake Recreation Guide or contact the Park Office. 

 Englebright Campground and Mooring Map revised July 2017.pdf



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 water-skiing 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.


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 *Please note: Park fees can only be paid using credit card or debit card.

Day Use - $5

Boat-in Camping - $20

Group Picnic Area - $50-$75 per day (reservation required)


The Corps of Engineers participates in the America the Beautiful-Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series. The series includes the; Annual Pass, Annual 4th Grade Pass, Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass, Lifetime Access Pass, Volunteer Pass, and Military Pass. Be sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass at any of our Corps parks as the money is directly invested back into the facilities to improve your recreational experience. Get more details about the pass series here

The Annual Pass is a onetime purchase of $80. You will have access to all of your favorite Corps parks, and participating federal agencies public lands. The Annual Pass is good for one year from the date of purchase.

Individuals 62 years and older have the choice of purchasing an Annual Senior Pass for $20 which is good for one year from the date of purchase, or a Lifetime Senior Pass for $80, which does not expire. Senior and Access Pass holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also sells their Corps Annual Pass for $40. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year at the date of purchase.


Englebright Views

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


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