DescriptionMarysville was named for Mary Murphy Covillaud, an early settler and Donner Party survivor. Central to Marysville is Ellis Lake, named for W.T. Ellis, a prosperous town merchant in the early 1900s. John McLaren, the designer of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, converted a swampy area into this popular recreational outlet. The boulevard along the shore testifies to the merchant's efforts to beautify the lake. Paddleboats are available seasonally.
Riverfront Park, along the Feather River, is beneath the 5th and 10th street bridges, which link Marysville and Yuba City. Recreational facilities include a boat-launching dock, picnic area, playgrounds, soccer fields, baseball fields and motorbike trails. The park also has a concert bowl with grassy slopes for seating.
The Toyota Amphitheatre, on Forty Mile Road in nearby Wheatland, features name entertainment during the summer; phone (530) 743-5200 for information.