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Address: 6280 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651
Phone Number: +1 530-626-4187
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: With over 40 years of experience and the best safety record in the...
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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So Much Fun!

We cannot express our gratitude and thanks to everyone at Mother Lode for the fantastic time we had during our stay Fri June 19-Sun June 21. From the comfortable glam tents, to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Elk Grove, California
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Elk Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We cannot express our gratitude and thanks to everyone at Mother Lode for the fantastic time we had during our stay Fri June 19-Sun June 21. From the comfortable glam tents, to the delicious meals, the knarly whitewater rafting and ropes course guides, but especially to all your staff for their friendliness…Thank you Remi, Cam, Chris, Sarah, and all the... More 

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Scott S, Manager at Mother Lode River Center, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We are stoked that you took the time to share your experience and hope to see you back on the river soon! More 

Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Our party of four had a truly great time with this company! Our guide was Sarah with Remy...a newer guide on this river taking his last trip before soloing. Both were absolutely the best. Over the years I have been on several rafting trips, Stanislaus, Clavey, Middle fork of the American and the Colorado River....these two guides were truly TOP... More 

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Scott S, Manager at Mother Lode River Center, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, Nancy! Glad to hear that our guides are maintaining our 5 star service to our guests. Hope to see you on the river again soon! More 

Gridley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Our group of 7 adults went on the South fork American river trip that included lunch before the rafting, dinner afterwards, breakfast in the morning and the use of tents for our overnight. Most of us had never rafted before and the class of rapids on this trip was perfect for us. Our guide was Carter and he was a... More 

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Scott S, Manager at Mother Lode River Center, responded to this review

Hello Alli, Thank you for coming to raft and camp with us on the river last month, and also thank you very much for the feedback about the trip. I'm glad to read that you had a great time on the river. I'm sorry that the food didn't float your boat though, and that the wild 7th graders annoyed you... More 

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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Address: 6280 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651
Phone Number: +1 530-626-4187
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lotus

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