Are you ready for an adventure on the American River? Conveniently located in the beautiful Sierra foothills between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe in Coloma, California, Mother Lode River Trips established one of the original and most beautiful whitewater rafting camps on the West Coast in the 1970′s.

Take our camp tour and check it out for yourself! Mother Lode has over 40 years of experience with the finest safety record in the industry!

WWR HPWhitewater Rafting

Mother Lode offers whitewater rafting trips on the North, Middle and South Forks of the American River. So if you are interested in experiencing a great whitewater rafting trip, for a great price, combined with the smallest carbon footprint in the industry, call us at 530-626-4187 to reserve your space!

CRC HPChallenge Ropes Course

Mother Lode’s riverside site is a destination in itself. Check out our Challenge Ropes Course, including our new 370 ft long zip line! Experience physical, mental and emotional challenges, on the ground in the form of low elements and 20-40 feet above ground on our high element challenges.

OE HPOutdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education Programs offer California Gold Rush history and River Science programs in the heart of the gold country. Our curriculum based, dynamic, hands-on programs are a resource for teachers in search of fun, interactive learning for their 4th-12th grade classes.

SP HPSustainable Practices

Solar Power, Alternative Fuels, Organic Gardening and Conservation Stewardship are all part of the pioneering spirit that sets the Mother Lode River Center apart. See how these principles are applied to each of our programs!

MS HPMeet Our Staff

Gourmet cooks, artists, educators—just scratch the surface, and you’ll discover that our whitewater rafting guides and other staff have a wealth of talents and experiences to share. Every summer is a family reunion!


Visit the Greenest Businesses in the Mother Lode Country!

Mother Lode River Center was featured in the Green episode of Experience El Dorado, click below to view our camp, the waste vegetable oil powered ECOBus, our permaculture garden and more whitewater rafting trips.

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