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 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 Vermillion Campground look out on Lake Edison.

  • Visit all five of the beautiful mountain lakes in the area:
  • Walk over to the Vermilion Valley Resort for a delicious meal or just a beer or two.
  • Board the Vermilion Valley Resort Water Taxi to the other end of the lake and hike up Mono Creek.
  • Enjoy some time relaxing at Mono Hot Springs Resort with its natural hot springs, lodging, and cafe.
  • Have fun 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.
  • Drop in to 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.

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 and the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

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.

The nearby Vermilion Valley Resort is a popular stopping place for hikers along the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail. Most hikers use the resort's water taxi to ferry them 5 miles down the lake; and most stay at the resort, taking advantage of its showers, restaurant, resupply, and camping. Some hikers may prefer the more secluded sites at Vermillion Campground.

Vermillion Campground Basics
Vermillion Campground 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 at Vermillion Campground
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: $27 per night ($29 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
Attractions near Vermillion Campground: Lake Thomas A. Edison has a public boat launch ramp. Vermilion Valley Resort as a small store, restaurant and water taxi to the far end of the lake. Enjoy summer campfire programs. Set out on 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, including Vermillion Campground, CA

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