Yuba Water Agency provides many recreational opportunities near New Bullards Bar Reservoir as part of its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license. On average, each year over 112,000 visitors from throughout California recreate in this area. Enjoyable recreation opportunities include boating, water-skiing, wake boarding, swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and camping.

New Bullards Bar Reservoir has 55 miles of shoreline with more than 20 miles of trails, most of which are located in the Plumas and Tahoe national forests.

Some of the main recreational areas include the Emerald Cove Marina, boat launch and picnic area; a dam overlook; Dark Day campground, day-use area and boat launch; Vista Point day-use area; Schoolhouse and Hornswoggle campgrounds, and Madrone Cove and Garden Point boat-in campgrounds.

Yuba Water Agency works closely with the Emerald Cove Marina, located near Bullards Bar Dam, and the U.S. Forest Service Tahoe Ranger District near Camptonville. The marina can provide additional information about local recreation options and offers a wide array of services to visitors, including a general store, fuel, boat moorage, camping reservations, and houseboat, ski, patio and fishing boat rentals.

*Due to the high lake elevation, shoreline camping is currently prohibited.