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 Hot Springs Campground have both hot springs and the San Juaquin River nearby.
Try to visit all of these beautiful mountain lakes in the area:
Mono Hot Springs Campground is adjacent to the Mono Hot Springs Resort on the road leading to Lake 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 Hot Springs Campground enjoy hiking, fishing, wading in the nearby South Fork of the San Joaquin River, and soaking in the hot springs. Nearby are a dozen open-air, natural hot springs. Across the river from the campground are 3 concrete walled springs constructed by the California Conservation Corps in 1934.
Mono Hot Springs Campground has 31 campsites which can accommodate small RVs, tent trailers, and tents. The campground is shaded by aspen and lodgepole pine. Some sites are close to the river. There is no potable water at the campground, but water is available at the nearby resort. Several double sites are available. A minimum 2-night stay is required on weekends and 3 nights on holiday weekends.
Picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker; no hook-ups
Vault toilets, no potable water
Attractions near Mono Hot Springs Campground:
Enjoy the natural hots spring spread through the area. Go fishing in the San Joaquin River. Visit the Mono Hot Springs Resort with lodging, mineral baths, cafe, and store. Hike on trails to Doris Lake and Tule Lake. Visit nearby Florence Lake and Lake Thomas A. Edison.
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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate