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Mother Lode River Center

6280 State Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651-9704
+1 530-626-4187
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Super fun whitewater rafting!

Hats off to this company and the river guide, Randy, for the fabulous time on the American River... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Diane B
Antelope, California
via mobile
Whitewater Rafting the American River with Mother Lode. What a Blast!

Me, my daughter and my 17 year old grandson just did the Chili run and couldn't have found a better... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Santa Rosa, California
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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 18 September 2017 via mobile

Hats off to this company and the river guide, Randy, for the fabulous time on the American River. Several Class II and Class III rapids for thrills and calm stretches for games and challenges. Well worth the time and $$.

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Me, my daughter and my 17 year old grandson just did the Chili run and couldn't have found a better way to spend Labor Day than rafting the American River with Mother Lode. It was awesome! Erica was an excellent guide, kept us safe and...More

Thank Hanne707
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We went on a half-day rafting trip. It was ~11 miles . Level II and III rapids. The crew was really amazing. Our guide was Ryan, he did a amazing job guiding us. They also provide food(lunch). Tip: Look for deals on Groupon :)

Thank Akash P
Reviewed 18 July 2017

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 19 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
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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