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Mother Lode River Center

6280 State Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651-9704
+1 530-626-4187
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Great day on the river

We did the Upper Section Chili-Bar tour and had Wes as our guide. It was our first time whitewater... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
phoenix az
So much fun.

Scotty was our guide and he was awesome. He trusted his crew, so we were able to experience extra... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
San Jose, California
via mobile
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With 45 years of experience and the best safety record in the industry, Mother Lode River Center has guided over 290,000 happy guests on the 3 forks of the American River. We are the only outfitter with an on-site ropes course. Our private campground spans 1/2 mile of riverfront with hot showers running on solar power, canvas tents rentals that sleep up to 8 people, three outdoor commercial kitchens, flush toilets, changing rooms, volleyball court, charming river stone walkways leading to beautiful views of the rapids, a calm eddy pool for swimming and soaking your feet, and close access to 25 miles of adjacent hiking and biking trails along the river. Our experienced and professional guides and staff will help with all your needs from whitewater rafting to gourmet meals. The River Center is an essential stop between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. We start rafting in March and go all the way through October. In addition, we offer outdoor education and team building ropes course programs for schools and businesses.
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6280 State Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651-9704
+1 530-626-4187
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the Upper Section Chili-Bar tour and had Wes as our guide. It was our first time whitewater rafting. What a great day to enjoy this beautiful river with some fun and adventure mixed in. The whole experience was great, and we hope to...More

Thank sawyer1370
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Scotty was our guide and he was awesome. He trusted his crew, so we were able to experience extra adventure with him. Cameron was well organized at the sight, and we were well informed as to what the check in process entailed. We were suited...More

Thank DNSarg
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

This was my first time white water rafting and I loved every bit of it. Our guide Cameron was fantastic & none of us fell in but we all swam in the river. My son got to be at the front of the raft for...More

Thank Rowsh
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I've gone with Mother Lode on several trips on the South Fork of the American and once on the Middle Fork. We selected Mother Lode as the company to use for our wedding rafting trip because they are experienced, fun and friendly! We had guests...More

1  Thank donna j
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We just got back after spending two nights camping at the Mother Lode. The Camp ground is very nice. We did the Ropes Coarse and Rafted one day. Our Guides for the ropes coarse were Denali and Chris. They were both amazing!!! We lucked out...More

1  Thank Fabflores
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Our group of about 40 came together to celebrate our friends wedding the night before, so we had a large group. They were able to get us all safely down the Gorge on the South Fork of the American River. Our guide Alek was fantastic!...More

1  Thank Srlykistle
Reviewed 29 August 2016

I had purchased the Living Social Deal for 1 night of camping + breakfast/lunch/dinner/smores + the rafting trip for myself and my sister. The food was all really great and they even made us vegetarian sausage patties for breakfast (we are both vegetarians). We were...More

1  Thank speterson719
Reviewed 30 July 2016

The American River is a beautiful area for white water rafting. The rafting goes through 2, 3, and 4 rapids. The guides are extremely professional, and conscience of the safety for all. The lunch at the half way mark was good. Cold cuts to make...More

1  Thank candersen53
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We had a fantastic time! From making the reservations, learning about the different trips available and difficulty levels, to overnight accommodations and area interests, and the trip down the river, we give Mother Lode all 10's. Our tent cabin faced the river so we could...More

1  Thank Kathie C
Reviewed 27 July 2016

My teenage granddaughters and I had a great weekend rafting the American river. Our guides were experienced and fun to be with. The food was good and we met many nice people enjoying nature.

1  Thank vicki4347
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5 November 2016|
Response from patiD | Reviewed this property |
you may not be able to do so on the private campground (ask them in the office) but you can most likely do so on public lands (if the property is held as a mining claim, you probably cannot do so either) Along the river... More