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New Bullard's Bar Reservoir  

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New Bullards Bar Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

TKayaking New Bullards Bar Reservoirhis spellbinding large reservoir provides excellent paddling opportunities. It is a superb destinations for a two-day outing and boat-in camping along the shoreline. A special feature of this pretty reservoir is the boat-in campsites set in an unspoiled wooded area of oak, pine and dogwood.  If nature hikes don't quench your thirst for some one-on-one times with the great outdoors, consider spending a night or two under the constellations, camping at one of the New Bullards Bar Reservoir's five campgrounds:

The campgrounds are suitable for tents, trailers, group camping, or RV's. Dark Day, Garden Point, Hornswoggle, Madrone, and Schoolhouse. Enjoy primitive campsites with onsite toilets, fire pits, and thousands of little night lights dancing above your head. A permit is required to boat-in camp.

There are a variety of scenic coves to explore on this good-sized sixty miles of shoreline reservoir located in Tahoe and Plumas National Forests. The upper northern arms provide awesome views if granite cliffs in the North Yuba Canyon.

New Bullards Bar Reservoir is open to all types of boating. Two boat launches are located on the western and eastern shore, which allow novices to paddle the reservoir sections at a time. Abundant wildlife can be seen in the area.

Bullards Bar Reservoir is located 35 miles east of Marysville in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest at an elevation of 2,005 feet. Bullards has 55 miles of rugged shoreline with 4,700 surface acres of water. 

 New Bullards Bar Reservoir supports a wide variety of fish, including, rainbow and brown trout, redear, catfish, spotted, small and largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, mackinaw and kokanee salmon. Its known by local anglers for its excellent summer largemouth bite.

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The best time to fish is after the reservoirs water level is drawn down beginning midsummer. Fishing is allowed year-round and has both warm and cold water species, with kokanee salmon the primary cold water target. The best time of year for catching kokanee salmon is from spring through early fall by trolling.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 57 60 62 69 76 86 93 93 87 77 63 57
Low 33 36 38 40 46 52 56 54 51 44 37 32

Fees: There is a fee to camp but not to launch.

 Open: The reservoir is open all year seven days a week for camping and boating.The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Book

Facilities: The facilities include fishing, swimming, power boating, jet and waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, two boat launches, a marina and boat rentals.


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