Mother Lode River Center provides the ultimate destination for a vacation full of adventure, natural beauty AND comfort and relaxation.

Glamour Camping

Sleep in comfort in our Glamour Tent Cabins with luxurious beds on a private river beach; these tents are the closest cabin tents to the river. We have one outfitted with a queen bed and one containing two twin size beds.

Our gorgeous Glamour Cabins are surrounded by oak trees, share a private beach area on the river, and have full or twin size beds with plush mattresses. Fully enclosed by sturdy canvas with mesh screen windows, enjoy nature while being protected from sun, cool nights, and our benign wildlife. (Minimum 2 nights)

Comfort Camping

Our comfortable Canvas Tent Cabins sleep 4-8 on cots complete with mattresses. Even our dome Tent Camping is luxurious, our many lawns of all sizes allow campers to sleep on lush grass – and you can even rent your tent from us if you desire. Some of our camping sites are on a private drive-in path for those who want ultimate accessibility in nature.

Would your group like to enjoy privacy and secluded beauty right on the river? Our grassy, shaded riverside Island can be reserved for the private use of groups of 12-20 people. Cabins are available nearby if some in your group want that extra comfort.

Mix and match our Glamour and Comfort Camping choices, and you’ve got the perfect combination for all levels of comfort for all sizes and types of groups.

Comfort in Nature

Our entire new expanded 19-acre campsite is dedicated to your enjoyment, relaxation and comfort. Our spacious camp on the beautiful South Fork of the American River has more than 1/2 mile of riverfront with grass beaches, calm eddies and charming stone walkways for your rambling, angling and boating pleasure. Enjoy views down Highway Rapid and the sounds of birds and the breeze in our oaks, pine trees and willows. You can also enjoy our new swimming hole, a huge calm eddy pool, now accessible to our guests.

Our amenities are designed for sustainable comfort. We have plenty of solar-powered hot showers and flush toilets. Your small group can cook or grill meals in our rental house. Campers can use permanent grills in their sites, and we have two commercial kitchens your large group can rent for private use. And there’s nothing like a campfire! Fire rings are available throughout the camp and we have a riverside hot-rocks sauna to add to your overnight experience.

Stay and Play

We are the perfect natural setting for group fun and also for moments of peaceful solitude. Our activities range from adventurous to restorative and our store sells or rents everything you need for your stay and play.

Ben ZupoRaft with us – We are California’s original whitewater rafting camp and provide gentle to wild trips.

In-camp adventures – Reserve our Climbing Wall, 370’ Zip Line in the trees, or our Leap of Faith, built onto a huge Ponderosa Pine tree that provides a gorgeous river view to complement your adrenaline rush. Or go for our whole Challenge Ropes Course!

Play in camp – Enjoy our sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, lawn games and more. Or, retreat to our yurt where you can read, stretch, relax or even watch movies on solar-powered equipment!

A quiet moment – You can investigate Native American grinding stones that were used for thousands of years and be refreshed by the sound of the river. Tour our organic garden and yurt lounge to see how we are ecologically sensitive to this beautiful spot by the river. Inside our yurt you can relax, read, stretch, check out your photos or jot down the highlights of the day.

Learn More

Feel free to contact us for further information. We look forward to your stay at Mother Lode River Center!