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“SO MUCH FUN!!!”

Mother Lode River Center
Ranked #6 of 17 things to do in Lotus
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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, we took to the white water in a raft. This was SO MUCH FUN!!! Highly recommend the experience!

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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!

Thank AlleyJ-YC
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Reviewed July 30, 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 !!!

Thank doug a
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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 colorful history.

We camped for two nights and rafted two days. They have a lovely facility along the river and even have free hot showers! They cook a mean BBQ, but be prompt for meals or you'll miss you.

I can't wait for our next trip!

Thank pearlwhite
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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 again, I'm sure.

1  Thank Sylvia B
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