As part of their hydroelectric facilities, Southern California Edison Company operates a series of lakes in the Sierra National Forest. Five of the lakes - Lake Thomas A. Edison, Florence Lake, Huntington Lake, and Shaver Lake - are well known for their wonderful camping and recreation. Campers at Ward Lake Campground are close near two of the lakes.
Take time to visit all five of the beautiful mountain lakes in the area:
Ward Lake Campground is along the road leading to Florence Lake 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 Ward Lake Campground appreciate the lake's quiet waters, closed to motorized boating. Visitors enjoy fishing in float tubes or paddling the lake in kayaks or canoes.
Ward Lake Campground has 17 campsites which can accommodate small RVs, tent trailers, and tents. The campground is shaded by aspen and lodgepole pine. There is no potable water at the campground. Several double sites are available. A few of the campsites are lakeside.
near Florence Lake, 21 miles east of Huntington Lake via Kaiser Pass Rd. and Florence Lake Rd.
Mileage from gateway cities:
Fresno - 87 miles
June through October
Number of Sites:
Max. People per Site:
6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site:
2, $7 fee for 2nd vehicle
On leash, always attended, 2 maximum
High Sierra Ranger District:
First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length:
Wheelchair accessible sites:
$22 per night ($2 more during holiday weekends)
any time, Noon
Ward Lake Campground Amenities
Picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker, ; no hook-ups
Vault toilets, no potable water
Attractions near Ward Lake Campground:
Enjoy relaxing fishing and non-motorized boating at Ward Lake. Drive three miles to Florence Lake to a boat ramp, store, and water taxi. Make the short hop to Lake Edison and to Mono Hot Springs. Set out on trails into John Muir Wilderness. Find trails connecting to John Muir Trail. Reserve a night or two at rustic Muir Trail Ranch with lodging and hot springs.
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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.