Mono Creek Campground

Sierra National Forest

Lake Thomas A. Edison

Mono Creek Campground, near Lake Thomas A. Edison, Sierra National Forest, CA

Mono Creek Campground

High Sierra Lakes Attractions

Southern California Edison Company operates a series of lakes in the Sierra National Forest as part of their hydroelectric facilities. Five of the lakes - Lake Thomas A. Edison, Florence Lake, Huntington Lake, and Shaver Lake - are known for their wonderful camping and recreation. Visitors to Mono Creek Campground are near Lake Edison and only a short drive from other attractions.

  • All of these beautiful mountain lakes in the area are worth visiting:
  • Drive over and relax at Mono Hot Springs Resort with its natural hot springs, lodging, and cafe.
  • Head to the nearby Vermilion Valley Resort for a delicious meal or just a beer or two.
  • Hop aboard the Vermilion Valley Resort Water Taxi to the other end of the lake and hike up Mono Creek.
  • Take off 4-wheeling at Hooper Diversion Dam OHV area, Onion Springs, Red Mountain, or Bear Diversion Dam.
  • Take 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.
  • Atop by China Peak for scenic chair lift rides, mountain biking, disc golf, and more.
  • Visit the beautiful McKinley Grove of Giant Sequoias out the road beyond Dinkey Creek.

Mono Creek Campground

Mono Creek Campground is located along the road to Lake Thomas A. Edison in the Sierra National Forest. The campground is about a 3-hour drive east of Fresno, including a narrow and winding section of road over Kaiser Pass. The area is not recommended for large RVs or trailers. Campers at Mono Creek can take advantage of nearby Lake Edison for fishing and slow-speed boating (15 MPH maximum). Or with a short drive they can be at nearby Florence Lake or Mono Hot Springs. Trails leading in the surrounding Ansel Adams and John Muir wildernesses are nearby.

Mono Creek Campground has 11 campsites which can accommodate small RVs, tent trailers, and tents. The campground is shaded by large Ponderosa pines, and sites are well separated. There is no potable water at the campground, but water is available at the High Sierra Ranger Station. Several double sites are available. A minimum 2-night stay is required on weekends and 3 nights on holiday weekends. Reservations are non-specific, which means that a particular campsite will be assigned to you upon arrival.

Mono Creek Campground Basics
Location: near Lake Edison, 21 miles east of Huntington Lake via Kaiser Pass Rd. and Lake Edison Rd.
Elevation: 7,500 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fresno - 79 miles
Campground Open: June through October
Number of Sites: 11
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, $7 fee for 2nd vehicle
Pets: On leash, always attended, 2 maximum
High Sierra Ranger District: (559) 855-5355

Reservations at Mono Creek Campground
Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 25 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: none designated, but some accessible features
Fees: $27 per night ($29 during holidays)
Reservations: Mono Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Mono Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Sketch Map of Campground: Mono Creek Campground Map
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Mono Creek Campground: Enjoy the natural hots spring around nearby Mono Hot Springs. Visit the Mono Hot Springs Resort with lodging, mineral baths, cafe, and store. Head to Lake Thomas A. Edison with boat ramp, fishing, small resort, store, and restaurant. Florence Lake has great fishing and nearby hiking trails.

Campgrounds without Potable Water

The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.

Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite. Opening dates for campgrounds may vary as they are often dependent on weather conditions.

Campground reservations become available 6 months in advance.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

Mono Creek Campground, near Lake Thomas A. Edison, Sierra National Forest, CA

Mono Creek Campground

map of campgrounds at around Lake Thomas A. Edison and Florence Lake, including Mono Creek Campground, CA


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