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 w
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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. 


    Please read through all of the provided information, including our “Rules and Safety” and “Pricing” pages.

    Note: Our Mill Pond will be empty this fall; we are following orders from California’s Division of Fish & Wildlife to drain our Mill Pond in order to minimize viable habitat for bullfrogs, an invasive species to the western hemisphere. At the time it was drained we were not planning to have our 2020 camping season at all. Thanks for your patience as we are taking steps this summer to improve the campground for the longer term. An invasive species is a species that is not native to a specific location (aka an introduced species), and has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health. Invasive species like the bullfrog are non-native and end up impacting native populations of California frogs as well as populations of fish in our waterways in the Eel River watershed. Due to the spawning season for bullfrogs’ being earlier than our native species, the larger bullfrogs easily eat all of the salmonid fish eggs and native frog eggs and decimate populations. Emptying the pond removes the space for lilypads, as well as mitigates our mosquito population and helps minimize echoes across the water for the enjoyment of campers around the Mill Pond area.

    The Pond House was a bait shop back when Mendocino Magic was a trout farm.  Now it’s a private studio with its own deck, dock, and sunset marvel.  The house has a small kitchen (no stove, but there is an electric hotplate) as well as a full bathroom with a hot shower and bath outside as well. The house sleeps three people comfortably – there is one queen-sized bed and one small day bed/couch.  It’s a short walk to both the Central Camper's Kitchen and the Stage.

    Maximum Capacity for the Pond House is 3 guests. You are welcome to bring additional guests – they can book a car camping site (very close to the Pond House) or stay in the campsite area in front of the Pond House.  It will be $30 per extra person per night upon arrival.

    Lodging provided
    1 site
    Up to 4 guests per site
    Park at listing
    No ADA access
    Campfires allowed
    Toilet available
    Pets allowed
    Potable water available
    Showers available
    Picnic table available
    No wifi
    Pack it out
    Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
    • Check in: After 4PM
    • Check out: Before 12PM
    • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
    • On arrival: Go straight to camp
    • Minimum nights: 2
    • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
    • Weeknight discount: 20% off
    • Response time: Within 12 hours
    • Response rate: 100%

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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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    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

    Horseback riding
    Wildlife watching


    Natural features you'll find at The Pond House in California.

    Swimming hole

    The vibe at The Pond House

    18 Reviews

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    Hipcamper Jorge
    Jorge R.
    has mixed feelings towards this listing.
    October 7th, 2018

    In this review, I will try to be as objective as possible as I did enjoy my stay at the Pond House but the overall experience was filled with pros and cons.

    Let’s start with the Cons: I know this is a camping experience and I should see it as so but for $200 a night we did expect a bit more.
    • linens seemed dirty
    • bed (mattress) was super uncomfortable
    (We ended sleeping on our sleeping bag on the twin size day bed)
    • daybed was covered in dog hair
    • hot plates did not work at first and when it turned on only one did and did not heat properly
    • the soaps / shampoos provided in the shower seemed like they had not been changed in years
    • there seemed to be so much random stuff just laying outside of the pond house (for example, two carts filled with rained water that appeared to have been there for some time)

    *** the pond itself seemed practically empty. I understand that’s out of their hands. But a nice disclosure would be nice: something along the lines of “pond levels may vary throughout the year” or “pictures were taking during high peak season “ etc

    • the property is vast and beautiful
    • the reservoir is really nice and you can use their kayaks as well as swim if wanted
    • plenty of hiking trails
    • plenty of drinking water placed throughout the hiking trails
    • the host (Mackenzie) is friendly and helpful
    • the dogs are super friendly and beautiful
    (One of them even followed us on a hike and seemed to be showing us around )

    Once again, I know it is camping we are talking about. But for $200 a night I would expect a little more care and attention to detail.

    Would I come back to this property in the future ? Yes
    Would I rent the pond house again for that price ? No, I would opt for a normal campsite

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    Hipcamper Aayush
    Aayush R.
    recommends this listing.
    January 18th, 2016

    Great place and great views. We had fun!

    Hipcamper Pierre
    Pierre A.
    recommends this listing.
    April 25th, 2016

    The Pond House is a cute little nest with a large and wonderful outdoor deck overlooking a lovely pond. It's small but has everything we needed—even a coffee grinder—to have a very comfortable stay. Don't hesitate to pass by Mackenzie's house while hiking around the property. She's such a friendly host! We would come again without any hesitation.

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    Hipcamper John
    John S.
    recommends this listing.
    August 8th, 2016

    Beautiful and rustic
    Very much in nature
    Mackenzie, the host, is the best
    Try to get to know her as soon as you can so you can get a feel for the place
    She is the compass rose for the vibe here
    She will also tell you where to go for grabbing food, picking berries, playing in the reservoir, etc
    There are other campers close by - it is not utter isolation - but it is pretty darn close
    Stargazing from the dock at night is amazing

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    Hipcamper dennis
    Dennis W.
    recommends this listing.
    September 6th, 2016

    Very rustic, but peaceful and the lights around the pond at night is magical. The over all camp is very rural but I see improvements and Mckenzie is a wonderful host and I see a bright future for people who go there. The pond at first looks very small form the side but once you are in front it is long and the inside is pretty equipped for anything you need.
    You will enjoy yourself.

    Hipcamper Daniel
    Daniel F.
    recommends this listing.
    January 1st, 2018

    We had a great stay at the pond house. It was a nice quiet place to spend new years. Enjoyed walking the path with a cup of coffee in the morning. Mackenzie is a great communicator and helpful. Made the drive over to fort bragg for a beer at north coast brewing and walked around. Would stay again!

    Hipcamper Ricardo
    Ricardo E.
    recommends this listing.
    July 7th, 2019

    The Pond House is probably one of the best spots on this huge fun property. It's not cheap but when you sit on the dock in the morning and watch the wildlife in the pond it's pretty much worth it. Keep an eye out for otters. The property has tons of hiking, and there' a huge lake about a 10-15 minute hike from the house. There's a communal cooking spot a minute's walk away. There's tons of camping spots on the property, so the Pond House isn't super secluded or anything, but it's really nice. I'd go back.

    Hipcamper lisa
    Lisa D.
    recommends this listing.
    October 4th, 2015

    An amazing get away!

    Hipcamper Daniel
    Daniel A.
    recommends this listing.
    October 31st, 2016

    The Pond house is fun, but a little more run down than I expected it to be.

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