Fresno County, Central California

Lake Thomas A. Edison Camping



Picnic Areas Near
Lake Thomas A. Edison


  • Mono Creek
    • 2 miles from Lake Edison on Mono Creek
    • 5 Sites
    • Vault Toilets, No Water
  • Florence Lake
    • On the shore of Florence Lake
    • 7 Sites with Grills
    • Vault Toilets, No Water
    • By Florence Lake Resort

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Camping at Lake Thomas A. Edison

Lake Thomas A. Edison is owned by Southern California Edison and is located within the Sierra National Forest. A single campground - Vermillion Campground - is situated right at the lake, while a number of other campgrounds are scattered around the area between Lake Edison and Florence Lake. Because of the difficulty of driving over the narrow Kaiser Pass Road, large trailers and RVs are not recommended.

Most of the Sierra National Forest is open to Dispersed Camping. Fire Permits are required for building campfires or using a camp stove outside established campgrounds. Wilderness Permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses.

High Sierra Ranger District Office

29688 Auberry Road, Prather, Ca
(559) 855-5355

High Sierra Ranger Station

Kaiser Pass Road near Bosillo Campground

Vermillion Campground

Location: West end of Lake Edison, immediately north of Vermilion Valley Resort
Campground Facilities: 31 Campsites, Vault Toilets, Piped Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills
Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or
Recreation.gov - Vermillion Campground
Note: Open June - October; 2 night minimum on weekends, 3 night minimum on holidays.
Fees: $26 for single site, $48 for double; during holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Nearby Facilities: Vermilion Resort, Launch Ramp, High Sierra Pack Station


Mono Creek Campground

Location: On Mono Creek, 2 miles from Lake Edison
Campground Facilities: 14 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or
Recreation.gov - Mono Creek Campground
Note: Open June - October; 2 night minimum on weekends. 3 night minimum on holidays.
Fees: $26 for single site, during holidays fees increase $2 per site
Nearby Facilities: Vermilion Valley Resort, High Sierra Pack Station, Launch Ramp

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Mono Hot Springs Campground

Location: Adjacent to Mono Hot Springs Resort, on the San Joaquin River, 5 miles from Lake Edison
Campground Facilities: 31 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or
Recreation.gov - Mono Hot Springs Campground
Note: Open June - October: 2 night minimum on weekends. 3 night minimum on holidays.
Fees: $26 for single site, $52 for double; during holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Nearby Facilities: Mono Hot Springs Resort

Ward Lake Campground

Location: Near Ward Lake, 9 miles from Lake Edison, 2.5 miles from Florence Lake
Campground Facilities: 17 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills
Reservations: None
Note: Open June - October
Fees: $22 for single site, $44 for double; during holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Nearby Facilities: Florence Lake Resort, Mono Hot Springs




Nearby Campgrounds


Jackass Meadows Campground


Below Florence Lake on South Fork San Joaquin River
Campground Facilities: 44 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: None
Note: Open June - October
Fees: $26 for single site, $52 for double
Nearby Facilities: Florence Lake Resort

Bolsillo Campground


Kaiser Pass Road near High Sierra Ranger Station
Campground Facilities: 3 Campsites, Vault Toilets, Piped Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: None
Note: Open June - October
Fees: None
Nearby Facilities: High Sierra Ranger Station, Corbett Lake Trailhead

Portal Forebay Campground


Kaiser Pass Road at Portal Forebay
Campground Facilities: 11 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: None
Note: Open June - October
Fees: $22 for single site, $44 for double site; during holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Nearby Facilities: Portal Forebay


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