Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.
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***COVID-19 Guidelines & Protocols***We have set these policies to ensure an enjoyable and safe camping season:

  • Please be prepared for longer wait times at the front gate as we review new protocol and onboarding procedures on site with individual guests. Upon entry at our front gate, please pull over where instructed, and wait in your
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    ***COVID-19 Guidelines & Protocols***We have set these policies to ensure an enjoyable and safe camping season:

  • Please be prepared for longer wait times at the front gate as we review new protocol and onboarding procedures on site with individual guests. Upon entry at our front gate, please pull over where instructed, and wait in your car to be checked in. In compliance with CDC guidelines, all campers will have their temperature taken remotely from outside the car, and asked a few questions clarifying origin and locations visited that day. We will also record your driver’s license and plate number. Thank you for your patience as we evolve together. 
  • Please plan for a completely self-sufficient campout, and BYO EVERYTHING!This includes food, stove, cookware, cups/plates/utensils, ice, napkins, and toilet paper! Please contact us before you arrive if you would like to rent a cooler, and remember that Mendocino Magic does not allow styrofoam anywhere on the property.
  • To minimize contact within Mendocino County, we request that you prepare groceries and supplies within your home county before traveling to the Magic.
  • Maintain a minimum of 10 feet from people outside of your group at all times, especially with use of any commons such as hiking our pathways, swimming in the reservoir, or while playing sports (please bring your own games and floaties-we will not be supplying them this season). 
  • Wear a mask when you are not at your campsite.
  • Use the hand wash stations located outside of the portapotties.
  • As always, please pack out all of your waste and dispose of your trash at home. Prepare in advance with cardboard burnable or compostable packaging to minimize waste, as well as a garbage bag to pack out your waste. 
  • Any persons seen not complying with these updated guidelines will be asked to leave without a refund. We are not kidding about this!

    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 


    Mill Pond Camp is a beautiful site on the edge of a lily-pad covered pond, featuring a campfire pit and a picnic table. The wooded area provides great privacy and excellent shade. Park your car and use hand carts to take your gear around the Mill Pond trail to reach your campsite (please don't forget to return hand carts!).  Enjoy your sunset dinner to the sounds of frogs. 

     Although there is no swimming in Mill Pond, the site is a short walk to the Reservoir. The area is secluded and quiet, and because of the trees there is plenty of shade.  

    Currently reservation requests for this campsite are set for 3 campers, but there is room for 10 campers total. When booking the site for more than 3 guests please edit your request to reflect accurate headcount information in advance of your arrival. 

    ***A NOTE ABOUT FIRES: Some campsites at Mendocino Magic have a firepit, but occasionally during the summer months the state bans fires for campers. We will keep you posted about the status of fires on the property when you book your reservation. Since we would hate to take campfires out of the camping experience, we have started the #onefire campaign to keep campers happy with a fire at our communal cooking area at the Central Camper's Kitchen, where on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a fire for all to enjoy. During a fire ban, please do not start a fire up at any camp's fire ring - guests who do so will be asked to leave without a refund.

    Campsite area
    Bring your own tents
    1 site
    Up to 12 guests per site
    Short walk
    No ADA access
    Toilet available
    Pets allowed
    Fire ban in effect
    Potable water available
    Kitchen available
    Showers available
    Picnic table available
    No wifi
    Pack it out
    Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
    • Check in: After 2PM
    • Check out: Before 12PM
    • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
    • On arrival: Meet and greet
    • Minimum nights: 2
    • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
    • Weeknight discount: 20% off

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    5 LB ICE

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    16 oz Propane Canister

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    5 lb Charcoal

    1 chimney's worth of charcoal for a meal .

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    Ice Chest + 10 lbs ice

    Big weekend, big cooler. Comes with two 5 lb bags of ice.

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    Propane 2 Burner Camping Stove

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    Natural features you'll find at Mill Pond Camp in California.

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    The vibe at Mill Pond Camp

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    Hipcamper Alyssa
    Alyssa R.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    June 4th, 2015

    Bring your swimmers! This camping spot is just a short walk from the lake which is the perfect temp for swimming.

    Hipcamper Ezequiel
    Ezequiel G.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    June 4th, 2015

    This spot is amazing! You have your own private pond to relax/camp next to AND your own private lake to swim in just up the trail. Would highly recommend!

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    Hipcamper Julian
    Julian B.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    June 4th, 2015

    The privacy at this place is unparalleled. You have an entire pond and lake to yourself. The acres per person ratio is through the roof.

    Hipcamper Bryan
    Bryan W.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    September 3rd, 2015

    Great site with plenty of shade and clearing for tents. The property is beautiful and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The site is right by the pond but not actually by the dock in the picture which isn't really an issue since you wouldn't actually swim in the pond. The reservoir on the other hand is a short hike away and is a perfect swimming spot and the floating dock is great to layout on. We had the lake to ourselves for most of the day and it was even better than we expected. The

    Hipcamper Anna
    Anna K.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    September 13th, 2015

    Perfect weekend getaway from the city! Sweetest hosts, great little swimming lake, and a super tranquil site. Also lots of cool character!

    Floaties and suits are a must!Pier from your campsite pondAmazing little lake with boats to borrow! Bring your tubes for easy chillin'
    Hipcamper Julie
    Julie M.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    June 9th, 2015

    You pass a bunch of wineries on the way up from SF! Also, Laytonville looks unassuming but packs a serious craft beer bunch, even at the smallest markets so don't worry about prepping. Last but not least... camping here rules the most. Can't wait to come back!

    Hipcamper Kris
    Kris C.
    doesn't recommend this listing.
    August 29th, 2018

    Mackenzie is a good host and everyone (there were several "volunteers" living on the property) was very nice but our group left early. This campground isn't quite ready for what we were expecting. It's more rustic than expected for the price.
    Beautiful fresh water reservoir for swimming in though.

    Hipcamper Karl
    Karl H.
    has mixed feelings towards this listing.
    November 12th, 2018

    The property is beautiful and there's a lot of beautiful scenery to check out. We went in the fall and the leaves were starting to turn. The campsites are nice and roomy - and the host Mackenzie was wonderfully helpful with my questions.
    My only issue is that it doesn't look EXACTLY like the photos in the listing (e.g. the pond was almost completely dry) and I'm not sure it's worth $90 a night for the facilities provided - I've stayed at other places that were cheaper but had a nicer shower and bathroom set up.

    Hipcamper Morgan
    Morgan H.
    recommends this listing.
    August 30th, 2016

    Our stay at Mill Pond Camp was so great! The weather was perfect for swimming in the lake during the day and sitting by the fire at night. Mackenzie was really nice and told us everything we needed to know about the camp.

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