Mill Pond Conservation Area in Portland: Trail Report

Mill Pond Conservation Area in Portland: Trail Report

Mill Pond Conservation Area was found after taking a look at trails in and around the area of Perth. How was this one missed? With 6kms of trails through forestlands and multiple view points of the ponds, this was a great spot to trail run.

Suggested Stops

Perth to visit our friends at NorthFolk Cafe!

Important Insights

Foraging is not permitted in Ontario conservation areas.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) and Wendake-Nionwentsïo people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from, if there are corrections please send to

Land Management

Mill Pond Conservation Area is managed by Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

GPS Coordinates

44.771400349074504, -76.17939769639293

Street Address

County Rd 38, Portland, ON K0G 1V0


Hwy 417 West. Exit at Hwy 7 (South) towards Carleton Place. Follow Hwy 7 into Carlton Place, then take Hwy 15 (South) towards SmithFalls/Kingston. After passing Lombardy then Otter Lake, take County Rd 38 (on right) to destination. Parking lot clearly marked on right.


Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception



Outhouses located at the parking lot.



Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map


Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception



Woodlands, Marshlands, Interpretive Signs


Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing, Geocaching


Permitted on-leash. Absolutely no off-leash permitted. See the Ultimate Guide to Hiking with Dogs in Ottawa and Region.

Trail Description

Mill Pond Conservation Area Trails: Within the 537-hectare forested property, the Mill Pond Conservation Area trails are well maintained and well marked with coloured plastic arrows. Trail map handouts are available at the parking lot, and there are trail map signs are the major intersections throughout the hike. Hiking counter clockwise I took the blue-orange-red-orange route saving the pond views for last. The trailhead for the blue trail start point is past the outhouses on the right and indicated but two boulders. The orange trail (and the shorter yellow trail by the sugar bush) are access roads whereas the blue and red trails are foot paths. The Mill Pond Conservation Area features include heritage cabins, a covered picnic area, working sugar bush, an old lime kiln ruin, and wild mushrooms. At the halfway point of the red trail there is a log bench and view of Mille Pond itself. There is a boat launch (for canoe/kayak/sup) closer to the parking lot so you might see a few people out enjoying the pond. Besides that, it’s all lily pads and calm waters. The blue trail also offers a few partially obstructed view points of the smaller pond/marsh areas. If you’re quiet enough during your hike and had an early start, you might witness some wildlife that the forest and pond have to offer! There are deer, raccoon, turtles, and an abundance of bird species.

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