Harry L Englebright Lake

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Harry L Englebright Lake


(530) 432-6427

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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.

Map of Harry L Englebright Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 39.240171, -121.270237



  • Boating

    There are boat-in campsites, and boat ramps at Joe Miller Recreation Area and Narrows Recreation Area.

  • Camping

    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.

  • 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.

  • Hiking

    There is a good trailhead at Narrows Recreation Area.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnicking area at Rice's Crossing.

  • Water Sports

    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.



Located between Grass Valley and Yuba City off State Route 20.

Phone Numbers


(530) 432-6427