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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
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Half Moon Bay
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Reno, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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Thank Seana M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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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Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

So much F-U-N! A little apprehensive to try whitewater rafting but so glad I gave it a try. Did the Class 3 with a group of 4 . Our guide catered the trip to what our group wanted to do meaning play some water games and swim when it was safe to do so, which made the trip that much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

FOOD WAS FABULOUS! Willie took such great care of us. Ground our coffee every morning. Ground our sausage for breakfast. GUIDES were kind, personable, friendly and knowledgeable. Typically student groups don't tip but, we did because it was so great. RAFTING was beautiful, fun and safe. We were treated to Class 3 for the first day Last summer we took... More 

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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 

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