Florence Lake, CA

Florence Lake Camping


Florence Lake is adjacent to the John Muir Wilderness and is surrounded by the Sierra National Forest. The closest campground to Florence Lake is Jackass Meadow Campground, a mile by road from the lake. A number of other campgrounds are scattered around the region.

Most of the Sierra National Forest is open to Dispersed Camping. Fire Permits are required for building campfires or using a camp stove outside established campgrounds. Wilderness Permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir Wildernesses. For details about more area campgrounds see our sister site California's Best Camping .

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A nice picnic area is located on the shore of Florence Lake, adjacent to the store and the main parking lot.



Nearby Campgrounds


Jackass Meadow Campground

Location: Below Florence Lake on South Fork San Joaquin River
Campground Facilities: 44 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: None in 2010, but check for 2011 or later
Note: Open June - October
Fees: $26 for single site, $52 for double
Nearby Facilities: Florence Lake Resort, Boat Launch Ramp, South Fork San Joaquin River

Ward Lake Campground

Location: Near Ward Lake, 2.5 miles from Florence Lake
Campground Facilities: 17 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills
Reservations: None
Note: Open June - October
Fees: $22 for single site, $44 for double; during holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Nearby Facilities: Florence Lake Resort, Mono Hot Springs

Boulder Creek Campground

Location: South end of Florence Lake, accessible only by trail or boat.
Take the ferry to the south end of the lake, follow the trail 1.2 miles to the campground.
Campground Facilities: Unknown
Campsite Amenities: No Piped Water
Note: Open June - October
Fees: None
Nearby Facilities: Florence Lake, Muir Trail Ranch

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Mono Hot Springs Campground

Location: Adjacent to Mono Hot Springs Resort, on the San Joaquin River, 7.5 miles from Florence Lake
Campground Facilities: 31 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or
Recreation.gov - Mono Hot Springs Campground
Note: Open June - October; 2 night minimum on weekends. 3 night minimum on holidays.
Fees: $26 for single site, $52 for double; during holidays fees increase $2 per site
Nearby Facilities: Mono Hot Springs Resort

Mono Creek Campground

Location: On Mono Creek, 2 miles from Lake Edison, 10 miles from Florence Lake
Campground Facilities: 14 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations for Lupine Campground: (877) 444-6777 or
Recreation.gov - Mono Creek Campground
Note: Open June - October2 night minimum on weekends. 3 night minimum on holidays.
Fees: $26 for single site, during holidays fees increase $2 per site
Nearby Facilities: Vermilion Valley Resort, High Sierra Pack Station, Launch Ramp

Other Area Campgrounds


Vermillion Campground

West end of Lake Edison, immediately north of Vermilion Valley Resort
Campground Facilities: 31 Campsites, Vault Toilets, Piped Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills
Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or
Recreation.gov - Vermillion Campground
Note: Open June - October; 2 night minimum on weekends, 3 night minimum on holidays.
Fees: $26 for single site, $48 for double; during holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Nearby Facilities: Vermilion Resort, Launch Ramp, High Sierra Pack Station

Bolsillo Campground

Kaiser Pass Road near High Sierra Ranger Station
Campground Facilities: 3 Campsites, Vault Toilets, Piped Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: None
Note: Open June - October
Fees: None
Nearby Facilities: High Sierra Ranger Station, Corbett Lake Trailhead

Portal Forebay Campground

Kaiser Pass Road at Portal Forebay
Campground Facilities: 11 Campsites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Grills and Fire Rings
Reservations: None
Note: Open June - October
Fees: $22 for single site, $44 for double site; during holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Nearby Facilities: Portal Forebay


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