Camp Tour

3 Distinct Camps!

A quiet, nature based camp exclusive to Mother Lode guests.

19+ acres of riverside camp is intended to provide ambiance and charm that will make a lasting impression.

The landscaping of the camp harmonizes with nature providing a wilderness feel, but with the comforts of home.

  • 1/2 mile of riverfront with multiple charming eddy pools and small beaches, all connected by our Nature Trail. Large and small group camping available.
  • Zip Line and Challenge Ropes Course: Nowhere else on the West Coast can you combine zip lining, team building, and whitewater rafting like you can at MaLode!
  • Camp Store – Our “greeting yurt” houses our check in, photo area and camp store for those last minute items such as Chums, a disposable waterproof camera, even sleeping bags if you forgot yours or just flew in from out of town.

Your camp is gorgeous, the tents and fire ring are perfectly placed … the sounds and smells of the river … this is something I’ll share with my friends. Thank you

3 Distinct Camps: Upper Lode, Main Lode, and the Retreat Center


Mother Lode's Main Lode Campground on The Amecrian River

This section of camp can comfortably accommodate 120 people.

It has dozens of tent camping locations along with 10 platform canvas cabin tents, which are artfully sited with plenty of space between each tent.

Cots and foam mattresses are available for your comfort.

Other features include bathrooms with flush toilets, hot shower facilities, private changing areas. Main Lode also has large open play spaces, a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and a large commercial kitchen where we prepare group meals to be served in a sheltered picnic table dining area.

A 30-foot diameter yurt provides indoor space for meetings, yoga, meditation or additional group sleeping space. 3 stonework campfire rings are provided near the river.

The Upper Lode

Mother Lode's Upper Lode Campground on The American River

(Sites 21- 32)  are easily car accessible and feature our most popular camping site, “The Island” accessible by a stone footpath and bridge.

Further upstream is more car accessible camping, as well as a full “wilderness kitchen” with hot and cold running water, sinks, refrigeration and stoves which are all available for rent to Scouts and other groups who don’t want to haul everything with them.

Retreat Center

Mother Lode's Retreat Center Campground on The American River

Our newest addition to the property can comfortably accommodate 80 people. It has 6 platform canvas cabin tents, and several dozen additional tent camping sites.

This section of camp also features our eco-friendly retreat house. The retreat center mirrors main lode’s amenities, with flush toilet bathrooms, hot showers, a commercial kitchen and dining area, a multi-use yurt, a stonework campfire ring, and large open play spaces. The riverfront here also has the largest calm eddy pool on the property.

Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with deep discounts on rafting & more!

Special 50th Anniversary Ropes and Rafting Events

Join us on  for a thrilling half-day of high ropes and rafting—no minimum group size required! Celebrate with us and book your adventure now!

Event Dates: June 15th, June 22, July 20th, July 27th, August 10th, August 17th