Whitewater Rafting

You get everything you want in California whitewater rafting with three forks of the American River to choose from, ranging from Class II-III+! See for yourself why we have the most popular rafting trips in the state.

Now scheduling trips! Email us at malode@malode.com or call us at 530-626-4187


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Outdoor Education Life Skills Development Program

Groups at Mother Lode


The banks of the American River are the perfect place for a retreat or day of team building.  We work with corporate teams, father daughter/son groups, schools, youth groups, and sports teams. Anyone looking for a memorable experience in the outdoors.

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Adventure Park Ropes Course

Ropes Challenge & Zipline

Looking for team fun? Then consider our ropes course and zipline. Participants will  be flying down wires, climbing up trees, leaping for trapeze bars, and balancing on beams all while being high off the ground.

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Gold Rush Panning American River

Outdoor Education

Need an alternative to cell phones and video games? Our Outdoor Education Program provides hands-on learning while inspiring a deeper connection and appreciation for the great outdoors. Great for school field trips and class retreats, we offer customized trips from a half-day to a whole week in duration.

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Mother Lode River Center is located along the South Fork American River in Northern California. One hour from Sacramento and three hours from the Bay Area.

6280 Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651


Relaxing by a Canvas Cabin Tent at Mother Lode River Center.

Camping the way you want. Canvas cabin platform tents with cots, a yurt, pitched nylon tents with comfy sleeping pads, bring your own tent  – it’s your choice.


2024 Snowpack-Perfect for Rafting!

2024 will be a great year for whitewater rafting on the Forks of the American River! How do we know? …
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