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Address: 6280 State Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651-9704
Phone Number: +1 530-626-4187
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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The staff and particularly our guide were very caring about the people and environment.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Mission Viejo, California
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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 your own sandwiches with lettuce, tomoto, cheese, onions. different condiments and breads. They had watermelon... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 enjoy a relaxing evening with our feet in the water, watching and listening to the... More 

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Belmont Shore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank vicki4347
Reno, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, our raft flipped at the first rapid, the Meatgrinder. It was terrifying. 7 out of 8 of us fell into the water, swirling in the rapids. I have been around water all of my life and am a good swimmer, but as I opened my eyes all I could see was the white water, I was very disoriented but... More 

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Half Moon Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I stayed two nights in Glamtent and took two rafting trips. My friend had never rafted, so the first day it was the easy Chili Bar. We both enjoyed it greatly with a fabulous pair of guides for our wonderfully and unexpected small group. The next day it was the more advanced Middle Fork trip. What a... More 

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Merced, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

I just loved the rafting experience! We were with an experienced guide and a trainer. The trainer wasn't too bad but he needs to learn more about the route so he would be familiar on which water we would be hitting next and he also needs to learn to guide the raft better because we got stuck 4 times on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing half day rafting on the south fork of the American river with these guys! Even though we have rafted before- L'Herault and the Ardeche in south of France- as our daughter is only 11 we needed something that suited her and we got it!! There were a large group of college kids in the party and... More 

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1 Thank Seana M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Did the Chili Bar run yesterday and as a first experience of rafting it was great. The guides are good, I felt totally safe and had so much fun. Definitely recommend for beginners or those just looking for a fun day out.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Cassandra guided us through the gorge on the American River. My daughter and wife have never gone rafting, so this was a perfect trip for us. It was beautiful and thrilling. I highly recommend it for any thrill seeking family. They also captured some amazing photographs of us hitting the Rapids.

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1 Thank Michael V
Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Mother lode rafting is an amazing trip the guides were knowledgeable safety conscious friendly and very helpful my two grown sons and I had a wonderful day I'll exploring the great nature together and it was a great experience

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