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Mother Lode River Center

6280 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651
530.626.4187
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Ranked #7 of 15 Attractions in Lotus
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: With over 40 years of experience and the best safety record in the industry, Mother Lode River...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: With over 40 years of experience and the best safety record in the industry, Mother Lode River Center has guided over 270,000 happy guests on the 3 forks of the American River. We are the only outfitter with an on-site ropes course and zip line. 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 direct access to 25 miles of adjacent hiking and biking trails. Our experienced and professional guides and staff will help with all your needs from whitewater rafting, to zip lining 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 November. In addition, we offer outdoor education and ropes course programs, including a brand new zip line, year round.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The river is a blast. Our experience was that Heather, the guide, was so skilled at being a guide that it made the day fun, exciting, and even interesting as she was a wealth of knowledge. The ropes course was not my thing, but other members of my group enjoyed the challenge. I tried climbing the wall and that was... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

I purchased this get-away through an online discount. We received 1/2 off on the ropes challenge course and a half day of rafting the South Fork of the American River. I opted to pay extra to spend two nights in a "glam" cabin tent and relax before and after our adventure. Upon arrival we were greeted at the car door... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We liked they set up our camp for us! Also, we like the meals pretty much ready when we got done or got up. The staff was friendly. We were only there 1day and 1nite.

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Vacaville
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

My family of four (including two 8-year-old girls) purchased a deal through TravelZoo, which we learned about when contacting MaLode to make a reservation. The staff here is wonderful. Everyone - from the reservation desk to our river rafting guide - was friendly and helpful. We had great fun on the high ropes course (our first time) and, after lunch,... More 

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Yuba City
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Had a great time on the river...camp over night and do the zip-line/ropes course! You'll be so glad you did!

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My son and I did an afternoon trip and then camped that night.The entire staff were helpful and friendly.Our guide ,Austin,was top notch. I would recommend this adventure to everyone !!!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Rafted with Mother Lode two years ago and had an amazingly fun, exciting experience so went back for more this past week. The company has a great balanced focus on safety and fun and delivers a wonderful experience. Our guides (Scotty two years ago and Courtney this year) were both exceedingly knowledgeable about the river and surrounding areas and offered... More 

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Fantastic adventure. Having rafted the American before, with a different company, I found that the personnel at Mother Lode went out of their way,( far out) to be the best they could be. Our guide, Heather was everything, great raft guide, instructor, and then cook and bottle washer, then nurse, all combined. Some of us on this trip will come... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The folks at Mother Lode were all attentive and made sure we had a good time. Our rafting guide obviously knew the river and let us know when to get to work paddling and when we could just have some rowdy fun. Good ambiance in the camp, lots of natural beauty. It was hot but the river water ( we... More 

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Mother Lode River Center has provided a great experience for our group. We started out with the long zipline, which was nice and quick. Then we met with our incredible guide, Eva, and started our rafting adventure. It was fun and really relaxing for the most part for our South Fork level III trip. Eva made the most of our... More 

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