Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast 

This 1902 Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast is just a short stroll from historic downtown Placerville. Each of the three guest rooms has a private bath and a unique theme.

American River Inn 

Georgetown’s Historic Queen Anne-style bed & breakfast inn, complete with old fashioned hospitality and turn-of-the-century antique furnishings. 20 minutes to Mother Lode.

American River Resort 

American River Resort offers premier riverside lodging in Coloma, CA. River Rafting, Camping, Cabins, RV Hookups, Wedding and Banquet Facilities are just a few of the amenities ARR offers their guests. 530-622-6700.

Auburn Holiday Inn 

Located on I-H80 15 minutes from Middle Fork meeting spot. 30 minutes from Mother Lode River Center.

Best Western Golden Key 

Located on I-H80 15 minutes from Middle Fork meeting spot. 30 minutes from Mother Lode River Center.

Café Mahjaic & Lotus Inn 

The Lotus Inn & Café Mahjaic are ideally located on the American River just 5 minutes from Malode. Built in 1857, the Lotus Inn offers six rooms of varying size and accommodation.

Camp Lotus 

Camping along the South Fork American River. Cabins, RV’s, rafting, general store. 530-622-8672

Casita Del Oro 

Casita Del Oro is a charming new vacation home located in the heart of the Coloma-Lotus Valley, offering beautiful views of the wildlife. There are many local activities including river rafting, kayaking, gold panning, wine tasting, hiking, and much more. It features a wrap-around porch where you can sit, relax, and enjoy the peace & wildlife of the area.

Christmas Tree Vineyard Lodge 

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall…there are no cozier accommodations anywhere in the high country in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The lodge is semi-secluded within Tahoe National Forest, the perfect get-away that is just what you’ve been looking for. Remote enough to be a welcome break from urban life, but close enough to enjoy anytime!

Coloma Country Inn 

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, The Coloma Country Inn bed and breakfast provides the perfect setting for an exciting family adventure or a romantic getaway for two.

Coloma Resort 

Campground located on the South Fork of the American River, with RV and tent camping sites on one mile of river-front spaces. 1-800-238-2298

Comfort Inn 

Located on I-H80 15 minutes from Middle Fork meeting spot. 30 minutes from Mother Lode River Center.

Eden Vale Inn 

Rustic Redefined: A Luxury Bed & Breakfast in El Dorado County

Enchanted April Inn 

Luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn located in the beautiful California Gold Rush Country. Events and Weddings, Honeymoons. Hot tub and private gardens. Dogs and horses welcome! 15 minutes from Mother Lode River Center.

Fitzpatrick Winery and Lodge 

Fitzpatrick Winery and Lodge is located in the Fair Play AVA (American Viticultural Area) at the heart of the California’s Gold Country, in the beautiful and idyllic Sierra Foothills of El Dorado county, nearby historic Placerville.

GlenMorey Country House Bed and Breakfast 

Beautiful 1859 home on 1.6 acre wooded park, walking distance to Placerville’s historic Main St. shops and restaurants.

Gold Country Inn 

Located on Broadway Street near downtown Placerville, this motel offers clean, comfortable, affordable rooms.

Historic Cary House Hotel 

Nestled in the heart of the California gold country, the Cary House is “The Jewel of Placerville.”

Holiday Inn Express 

Located on Hwy 50 in El Dorado Hills, 30 minutes from our campground.

Ponderosa Resort 

Thousand Trails membership campground offering RV camping, RV rentals, cabin rentals, general store and deli. 530-642-5830.

Sierra Nevada House 

Historic facility provides restaurant and bar, outdoor cafe, event hall, nine hotel rooms, wedding and catering services.Only a 5 minute drive from Malode.

The Seasons Vintage Weddings 

The Seasons Bed & Breakfast is located in the completely remodeled Ollis-Plumado House in historic Placerville, the heart of California’s Gold Country. If you are looking for a place for a vintage wedding please consider us for our Victorian and vintage appeal.

Conservation Allies

American River Conservancy 

Over the last decade the ARC has helped protect thousands of acres of watershed on the South Fork of the American and Cosumnes Rivers. Mother Lode supports the ARC and recommends it to you.

American Whitewater 

American Whitewater restores rivers dewatered by hydropower dams, eliminates water degradation, improves public land management and protects public access to rivers for responsible recreational use.

Coloma Communications 

Web site design, maintenance and marketing. Creators of the Coloma Valley and South Fork web sites at

Friends of the River 

California’s foremost river conservation organization. Mother Lode has supported FOR for over 30 years, we recommend you join up!

Save the American River Association, Inc 

SARA is a grass roots organization established in 1961 to spearhead establishment of the American River Parkway. SARA’s mission is to protect and enhance the wildlife habitat, fishery, and recreational resources of the American River Parkway.

The American River 

Flow data, news and information on the South, Middle and North forks of the American River. Discussion board.

Outdoor Education, Lifeskills & Challenge Course Providers

Challenge Works 

A complete challenge course company.

Family Connections 

An organization providing counseling, mentoring and family support services to El Dorado County residents. Challenge Ropes and River Study Programs offered to the community at the Mother Lode River Center.

Life Long Learners 

An organizaton of teachers providing resources to those fascinated by learning.

Tree Frog Treks 

Outdoor education programs provided at Mother Lode River Center and other locations in Northern California.

Pet Sitters

Pet Sitters 

Ann Hamilton: phone 530-622-9113

El Dorado Pet Club: phone 530-676-4442

Happy Tails Petsitting: phone 916-628-5543

Rafting Outfitters, Kayaking, Equipment

California Outdoors 

California’s only organization of professional river outfitters.

California Whitewater Rafting 

California Rafting Information for commercial river trips and private boaters.

California Whitewater Rafting and Boating 

Whitewater and touring guide for California boating. River descriptions usually contain links to real-time flow information and topographic maps. Most creeks are not boatable all year, so check flows before embarking.

DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking 

Kayaking instruction offered through Mother Lode River Center.


Whitewater river flows derived from State of California Dept. of Water Resources data.

Kayak Online 

Find kayaking info online.

Kayak Shed 

Chaco Sandals, Arcteryx Jackets, Kayak Gear, and Jackson Kayaks online.

Middle Fork American flows 

Up to the minute flow rates at Oxbow powerhouse.

Mountain and River Adventures 

Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, lake and river kayaking, teambuilding, and camping on the Kern River.

North Fork American flows 

Up to the minute flow rates at Lake Clementine.

South Fork American flows 

Up to the minute flow rates at Chili Bar dam.

The River Store 

20002 square feet of everything one would need for whitewater and recreational kayaking.


American Heritage Real Estate 

For over 25 years we’ve been serving real estate buyers and sellers in the beautiful Gold Country foothills of western El Dorado County, including Coloma, Lotus, Georgetown, Garden Valley, Greenwood, Cool, Pilot Hill, Placerville, Diamond Springs, Somerset, Rescue, Shingle Springs, Camino and Pollock Pines. Our real estate agents also cover the foothills down to Folsom and Sacramento County.

Regional Attractions

Motherlode Century 

This amazing bicycling event will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013. Our mission is to provide you the best bicycle ride Northern California has to offer.  We hope your positive experience here will not only compel you to participate every year, but will also entice you to return to enjoy a river trip, wine tasting or the many products this bountiful area has to offer.

This century bike ride benefits the American River Conservancy, which preserves the canyon, and Friends of  El Dorado Trail, building a trail from South Lake Tahoe to Folsom!