Fresno County, Central California

Lake Thomas A. Edison Lodging

Lake Thomas A. Edison Resorts and Nearby Lodging

Vermilion Valley Resort

Vermilion Valley Resort is located on the west end of Lake Edison, north of the dam.
(559) 259-4000     Website: Vermilion Valley Resort
Resort Facilities Various Accommodations, Dining, Store, Water Taxi, Transportation Service, Showers, Internet, Telephone, Boat Rentals
For information about Boat Rentals at Vermilion Valley Resort, see
Lake Edison Boating
Electricity: The resort is powered by a generator which is switched on at 7:00 AM and off at 10:00 or 11:00 PM.


Regular season (mid-June to mid-September) rates shown below; discounts for early or late season.

  • Motel Units: Two Double Beds, Private Bathrooms with Shower - $97 for 2 People
  • Motel Units with Kitchens: Two Double Beds, Private Bathrooms with Shower, Kitchen - $107 for 2 People
  • Yurt Cabin: Queen Bed, Kitchen - $107 for 2 People
  • Trailer: Queen Bed or Double Bed, Kitchens, Bathrooms - $97 for 2 People
  • Tent Cabin: Metal frame beds with mattresses. Supply your own bedding. Sleep 4 - $70

Vermilion Valley Resort provides numerous services to backpackers, especially those traversing the Pacific Crest - John Muir Trail, which passes only a mile from the ferry dock at the east end of the lake. Among the services available for backpackers (and many for the general public) are . . .

  • Ferry Shuttle:   June - September, Departs Resort at 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, 30 minutes to east end of lake; Departs east end of lake at 9:45 AM and 4:45 PM; $13 one way, $23 round trip. Times vary during periods of low water.
  • Shuttle to Fresno: A shuttle van can carry up to 5 passengers and their gear to or from Fresno. They can also connect to Mono Hot Springs and Florence Lake. Basic cost to Fresno for 2 passengers is $195, additional passengers $37.50 ($307.50 max. for 5 passengers)
  • Message Board: Allows solo hikers to find other hikers who need transportation and to split the cost. Message Board
  • Backpackers Re-supply: Backpackers can mail food and supplies to the resort and pick them up on their way through. See their website for detailed instructions: Vermilion Valley Resort Backpackers Resupply
  • Hiker Barrels: Hikers with extra food or supplies donate to the barrel, those in need take what they want.
  • Hiker Tent Cabin: Share a dormitory-style tent cabin for $15 per night. Or backpackers can pitch their own tents in the free camping area.
  • Communications: Internet and VOIP (Phone via Internet). AT&T cellular coverage usually works from the beach.
  • Showers and Laundry: Showers with towels provided $6.50 (free for those renting rooms) , Laundry $6.50 a load, including the soap.

Prices subject to change.

Mono Hot Springs

Off the Kaiser Pass Road, 6 miles from Lake Thomas A. Edison
(559) 325-1710     Website: Mono Hot Springs
Resort Facilities: Hot Springs Spa, Massages, Dining, General Store, Post Office, Cabins, Tent Cabins, WiFi

  • Cabins: More than 20 Rustic Cabins, 1 - 7 People, Most with Housekeeping, Most with Bathrooms - $119- $169 per night
  • Tent Cabins: 1 - 7 People, Restrooms and Water Nearby, Beds, Bring your own Bedding, Outside Fire Rings and Picnic Tables - $75 - $79 per night
  • Camping Cabin - $85 per night - sleeps 4 - bring your own bedding.
Prices subject to change.


Lodging West of Kaiser Pass

China Peak Inn

Located at China Peak Ski Resort, adjacent to Huntington Lake off Highway 168
Resort Phone:  (559) 233-1200     Website: China Peak Inn
Resort Facilities: Ski Resort, Restaurant, Bar, Mountain Bike Park with Lift Service, Complimentary Lift Tickets, Summer Events
Rooms: Economy rooms use community restrooms, Standard rooms with own bath, Suites
Non-holiday Rates: Economy - $90; Standard - $125 - $135; Suites - $155 - $180
Prices subject to change.

Tamarack Lodge

55380 Flintridge Rd., Lakeshore, CA (off Highway 168 midway between Shaver and Huntington Lakes)
Resort Phone:  (559) 893-3244
Facilities: WiFi, Fire Pit and BBQ Areas
Accommodations: 8 Studio-apartment style units, 1 -8 People, Full Kitchens, Satellite TV, Most with Fireplaces
Rates: $79 - $99
Tamarack Lodge