Mill Creek Campground

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park


Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park


Mill Creek Campground, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, CA

Mill Creek Campground

Redwood Empire Attractions

The Redwood Empire includes a number of state and national parks with magnificent groves of old-growth coastal redwoods. Those who camp in thickly-forested Mill Creek Campground in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park may feel as if they have arrived in a secret spot far removed from the rest of the world. Eventually campers will want to venture out and explore more of the Redwood Empire.

  • Visit Richardson Grove State Park with magnificent redwoods and excellent campgrounds.
  • Discover Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, a secluded redwoods park off the main highway.
  • Enjoy all the wonders of Humboldt Redwoods State Park with the Avenue of the Giants.
  • Don't overlook magnificent Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park which spreads over 14,000 acres. View wandering herds of elk, old-growth redwoods, and 10 miles of beach.
  • Seek out other parts of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.
  • Many consider Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park the best of all the Redwood Empire parks with its beautiful campsites, meandering trails, and the grand Smith River.


Key Mill Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  2. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Bicycles are only allowed on paved roads.
  4. Beaches are not safe for swimming.
  5. Store food and all scented items in provided bear-proof lockers.

Nearby Campgrounds

Del Norte County


Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


Six Rivers National Forest


Mill Creek Campground

Mill Creek Campground is within the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, about 9 miles southeast of Crescent City. Visitors to the campground are lulled to sleep at night by chattering streams. The campground is several miles off the highway.

Those wanting to find access to the rugged coast can do so at False Klamath Cove or Wilson Beach (both next to a roadside rest area to the south). Ocean beaches are not safe for swimming. Hikers can take Footsteps Rock Trail or Damnation Trail to the coast (both trails to the south).

Mill Creek Campground has 145 campsites set in lush redwood forest. Twenty-two sites are designated for tents only. The remaining 107 sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Most sites can be reserved during the summer, while a good number are offered as first-come, first served sites. There is also a Hike & Bike site.

Changes in California State Parks Reservation System

California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."

Mill Creek Campground Basics
Mill Creek Campground Location: Mill Creek Campground Road off Highway 101, 5 miles south of Crescent City
Elevation: 380 feet
Camping season: May through September
Number of Sites: 145
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (707) 465-7335

Reservations for Mill Creek Campground
Reservations accepted: May through early September; the rest of September is first come, first served
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival date.
New dates are made available in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum Vehicle Length: Trailers - 27 feet, RVs - 31 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: #2, 8, 69, 70, 72, 133
Fees: $35 per night
Hike & Bike - $5
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Mill Creek Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Mill Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire grill, food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Mill Creek Campground Map
Attractions near Mill Creek Campground: Hike the Damnation Creek Trail and the Trestle Loop Trail. Visit Wilson Beach and False Klamath Cove. Seek out neighboring parks such as Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park.


Mill Creek Campground, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, CA

Mill Creek Campground

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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