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Territorial Dispatch

New Emerald Cove Marina Gate 10 Feet Wider

May 08, 2024 04:26PM ● By MPG Staff
Visiting Emerald Cove Marina will be easier this spring and summer, as a new, wider marina gate was installed on April 30. Photo courtesy of Yuba Water Agency

MARYSVILLE, CA (MPG) - New Bullards Bar Reservoir recreators will enjoy easier access in and out of Emerald Cove Marina, thanks to a new gate placed by Yuba Water Agency on Apil 30 that is 10 feet wider than the previous gate. The upgrade will also secure the floating barrier that runs across the water to keep recreators at a safe distance from the dam.

New Bullards Bar Reservoir is on the North Yuba River at 12571 Marysville Road, Dobbins. It is located about 45 minutes from the Marysville on Marysville Road, has 55 miles of shoreline with more than 20 miles of trails, most of which are located in the Plumas and Tahoe national forests. A rather shallow lake, New Bullards Bar is known for warmer water and for its great fishing.

The gate was designed by a former mechanical intern who was supervised by Yuba Water Senior Hydro Engineer Aaron Esselman. One of the design challenges was ensuring the 7,000-pound gate would float at just the right elevation. 

“This project really underscores the valuable, hands-on experience that interns can expect when coming to work for Yuba Water,” Esselman said. “It’s awesome seeing their work move from paper to design and now, out there in the world improving the recreation experience at Bullards.” 

Yuba Water Agency placed the new gate via helicopter with the help of Siller Brothers and plans to swap out the old gate during the upcoming recreation season once it’s outfitted with safety lights and signage. The total cost of the recreation upgrade is approximately $40,000. 

Visit to learn more about recreation at New Bullards Bar.