Lily Pad Campground

Wishon Reservoir


Wishon Reservoir


Lily Pad Campground, Wishon Reservoir, CA

Lily Pad Campground

High Sierra Lakes Attractions

Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation operates Courtright and Wishon reservoirs. The two lakes are part of PG&E's hydroelectric facilities. Campers at Lily Pad Campground at Wishon Reservoir enjoy all the beauty of this mountain lake.

  • Test your skill fishing for brown trout at Courtright and Wishon reservoirs.
  • Hike down to fish the Kings River below the dam.
  • Make the drive to other nearby mountain lakes in the area:
  • Drive south to Black Rock Reservoir.
  • From Courtright Reservoir, hike out the trail to Maxson Meadow or to Cliff Lake.
  • Go 4-wheeling from the Maxson Trailhead out the Dusy-Ershim trail and camp at Voyager Rock Camping area.
  • Set out on a trail ride with D & F Pack Station at Huntington Lake or Shaver Stable at Shaver Lake, or take an extended pack trip with High Sierra Pack Station at Lake Thomas A. Edison
  • Visit China Peak for scenic chair lift rides, mountain biking, disc golf, and more
  • Visit the beautiful McKinley Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Key Lily Pad Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times in the campground.
  2. Campfires must be confined to the provided fire ring.
  3. Quiet time runs from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  4. To avoid bringing in invasive pests, outside firewood is not permitted. Obtain firewood locally.

Lily Pad Campground

Lily Pad Campground is located on the west side of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Wishon Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest. Wishon Reservoir is popular for fishing and boating. With a 15 MPH speed limit, Wishon makes a great place for paddling kayaks, canoes and rafts. Trails lead into the John Muir wildernesses. From Shaver Lake it is a 29-mile drive to Wishon Reservoir.

Lily Pad Campground has 15 campsites operated by PG&E. Four of the sites are walk-in, tent-only campsites; the rest can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Campsites do not have lake views. Some sites have pull-throughs for large RVs.

Lily Pad Campground Basics
Lily Pad Campground Location: South shore of Wishon Reservoir not far from the dam
Elevation: 6,540 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fresno - 79 miles
Campground Open: Early May through mid-October
Number of Sites: 15
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($5 fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended, $2 per night
Information: High Sierra Ranger District:
(559) 855-5355
PG&E: (559) 442-5576

Reservations at Lily Pad Campground
Reservations Available Late May through early September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: none designated
Fees: $24 per night
Reservations: Lily Pad Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Lily Pad Campground Amenities
Campsite amenities: Picnic table, grill, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Lily Pad Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Wishon Village
Attractions near Lily Pad Campground: Enjoy Wishon Reservoir for boating and fishing. Wishon Village RV Resort operates a small marina with boat rentals. Try Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on local trails. Discover Spanish OHV Route.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning February 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting March 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for partial weeks and weekends (2-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

All PG&E campgrounds, including those with reservations available, also have some first-come, first-serve sites.

Lily Pad Campground, Wishon Reservoir, CA

Lily Pad Campground

Map of campgrounds at Courtright Reservoir and Wishon Reservoir, including Lily Pad Campground, CA

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