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Lake Englebright offers a special type of camping and fishing experience. All 100 plus campsites are scattered along the 9 mile long, narrow lake, and can only be reached by boat.

Granted the campsites are on the primitive side, for example, there are no flush toilets. But in exchange, you get closer to nature.

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Sites are all near the water, on shelves or sand banks, offering lake views and bank fishing at your doorstep. An added bonus is that the campsites, launching and day use, are free.

And in the upper reaches of the lake waterskiing is not permitted, so noise and wakes are not a problem. Surprisingly, for a lake only an hour or so from Sacramento, the facilities are not overrun.

Some say it’s because of its awkward location, off Hwy. 20 between Marysville and Grass Valley. But rest assured, it’s not because of the fishing. Trout and bass fishing at Lake Englebright is good in this clean, green, winding, flooded Yuba River basin.

And the water level is usually up near full even in the fall. Facilities include 2 launch ramps, small marina, store and cafe.

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