Your adventure base camp for over 40 years!

Our mission at Mother Lode River Center is to share our love of rivers and other wild places with you, and in the process to further their appreciation and preservation.

The Location

If your desire is outdoor recreation in nature’s playground, the beautiful Sierra Nevada, the Mother Lode River Center is the ideal place to establish your base camp. Located on the South Fork of the American River our camp is just a convenient 50-minute drive east from Sacramento on scenic Highway 49. From here it is easy to access the entire watershed of the Mother Lode Country for adventure sports such as rafting, kayaking, hiking or rock-climbing. Find more information on our Maps and Directions page.

The Setting

Our newly expanded 19+ acre riverside camp is intended to provide ambiance and charm that will make a lasting impression. The landscaping of the camp harmonizes with nature. Indigenous river stone pathways and wooden bridges allow convenient access to campsites and swimming areas. Camping areas vary in size from small and intimate to larger more open areas to accommodate the varying sizes and desires of groups. Everywhere a cool, comforting carpet of grass pleases the eyes and complements the shade provided by towering heritage oaks. Modern restroom and shower facilities in addition to sophisticated outdoor kitchens provide creature comforts. A relaxing, natural atmosphere is made easier by the fact that this is a private camp not available to the general public. Take our Mother Lode River Center camp tour and see for yourself!

Our Staff

Mother Lode River Center’s special purpose attracts staff who are keenly interested in learning new information and skills and are idealistic and truly dedicated to their work. Mother Lode guides are personable, fun loving and excellent communicators. They are folks who love to share their knowledge and the outdoors with you. Meet them on our Staff Page.

Our Programs

Mother Lode River Center’s programs reflect the thoughtfulness and quality of our staff. We have a wide variety of carefully conceived programs featuring whitewater rafting, kayaking, challenge ropes course and a newly developed experiential learning program. These programs are designed so that a choice of combinations can achieve a wide variety of objectives. Whatever the size or character of your group, our adventure specialists have the expertise to tailor our facilities, programs and staff to meet your needs. Explore our whitewater rafting, outdoor education, challenge ropes and sustainable practices programs.


Safety is our highest priority and our safety record is the best in the industry. Mother Lode has a strong commitment to safety. Our safety procedures are developed and our guides are trained under the supervision of experts with many years of experience in the fields of Swiftwater Rescue, Emergency Medicine and outdoor adventure. Whatever program you choose, you can expect it to meet our thorough safety standards.

Our name says it! When you think of the beautiful Mother Lode Country, adventure and the outdoors, the Mother Lode River Center has the location, programs and staff to meet your needs. If you already have a plan, or just a yearning, feel free to give us a call at 530-626-4187.