Vermillion Campground

Lake Thomas A. Edison

Lake Thomas A. Edison

Vermillion Campground, Lake Thomas A. Edison, Sierra National Forest, CA

Vermillion Campground

High Sierra Lakes Attractions

Southern California Edison Company operates a series of lakes which provide wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. Among the lakes are Lake Thomas A. Edison, Florence Lake, Huntington Lake, and Shaver Lake.

Vermillion Campground

Vermillion Campground sits at the northwest end of Lake Thomas A. Edison in the Sierra National Forest. From Fresno, it is a 3 hour drive to the east, crossing over narrow and winding Kaiser Pass Road. Large motorhomes and trailers are not recommended. Edison is one in a series of high mountain lakes operated by the Southern California Edison Company. The 3½-mile-long lake is most popular for fishing and the surrounding forests for hiking. The campground and lake are on the edge of the John Muir Wilderness Area.

Vermillion Campground has 31 campsites. Most sites are intended for tent camping, but a few can accommodate small RVs or those with tent trailers. Some sites have slopes making them unsuitable for tents. Most campsites have filtered lake views. Ponderosa pines offer shade. A minimum 2-night stay is required on weekends and 3 nights on holiday weekends.

Campground Basics
Location: at Lake Thomas A. Edison, 24 miles east of Huntington Lake via Kaiser Pass Rd. and Edison Lake Rd.
Elevation: 7,700 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fresno - 90 miles
Campground Open: June through October
Number of Sites: 31
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 Recommended: 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
Fees: $26 per night ($28 during holidays)
Reservations: Vermillion Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Vermillion Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, "A water spigot is located on-site, but boiling the water is recommended."
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Nearby attractions: Lake Thomas A. Edison, public boat launch ramp, Vermilion Valley Resort with a small store and restaurant and water taxi to the far end of the lake. Summer campfire programs, trails to Devils Bathtub, Graveyard Lakes, and connecting with the John Muir Trail

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

Vermillion Campground map, Sierra National Forest, CA

map of campgrounds at around Lake Thomas A. Edison and Florence Lake, CA

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