Vermillion Campground

Area Status: Closed

Vermillion Campground is located on the northwest shore of Edison Lake, in a shady stand of Ponderosa pine. Most sites provide lake views. The campground is ideal for tents, as well as small RVs. Each campsite has a picnic table, campfire ring and bear-proof food storage locker, all set off a bit from the parking spur. Some sites are sloped and not suitable for tent camping. Vault toilets are provided. A water spigot is located on-site, but boiling the water is recommended. Large RV's not recommended on Kaiser Pass Road.

Vermillion Campground is an excellent base for exploring the Ansel Adams or John Muir Wilderness Areas and visitors can appreciate mountain views from the campground. The Vermillion Valley Resort offers ferry rides across the lake to trails within the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Visitors can also enjoy campfire programs that are offered throughout the summer.


At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) @ 1-877-444-6777 or
Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of arrival.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $28.00 single site
$48.00 double site
$10 fee for each additional vehicle.
During holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Open Season: June - September
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Maximum length of stay = 14 days
Maximum vehicle length = 25'
Maximum group size =  6 per site 2 night minimum on weekends. 3 night minimum on holidays.
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire - California Land Management
Information Center: or 1-877-444-6777 for reservations California Land Management for campground information. Dates of Operation: Open Memorial Day weekend through September (tentatively).   Closest Ranger Station  High Sierra Ranger District
29688 Auberry Rd
P.O. Box 559
Prather, CA 93651
(559) 855-5355    Hearing Impaired
California Relay Service 711
Open: Monday-Friday
Hours:  8:00am-4:30pm 
For more information click here.

General Information


Take Hwy 168 east from Clovis to Shaver Lake. Continue thru Shaver Lake to Huntington Lake. At east end of the Huntington Lake turn right on the Kaiser Pass Road (at Eastwood Visitor Center). Travel 17 miles to the Edison Lake Road. Take turn left (towards Edison Lake) and travel 7 miles to the campground.



General Notes:

Limited supplies and pay showers are available at the Vermillion Valley Resort, which is within walking distance.

 This is Bear Counrty. Please store food properly and don't feed the bears. Bring mosquito repellent.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Anglers can fish for rainbow, brown or brook trout.

Day Hiking

The Vermillion Valley Resort offers ferry rides across the lake to trails within the Ansel Adams Wilderness.


Boating - Non-Motorized

Edison Lake has a free public boat launch. Canoeing and kayaking near the shoreline are popular activities.


Sandy beaches within the campground provide lake access for swimming.


Camping trailer: Maximum vehicle length = 25'
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Total sites = 31
Toilets: Vault
Drinking water: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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