Affectionately known as “MaLode” by locals, our camp provides the perfect setting for whitewater rafting, challenge ropes and outdoor education programs. Available exclusively to our guests, our newly expanded 19-acre camp stretches 1/2 mile of riverfront along the South Fork American River. Amenities include home cooked meals from our large commercial kitchen, modern shower and bathroom facilities powered by solar, riverside fire rings and a river sauna. In camp, enjoy a calm eddy pool for swimming, as well as stone walking paths leading to Nisenan grinding stones illustrating the ancient use of our camp by Native Americans.
Camping space at Mother Lode costs $12/person/night. If you would like to upgrade to one of our accommodations for an additional cost, read on for available upgrades!
Dome Tents: We rent 2 person and 4 person dome tents (Cost: $10-$20) and, upon request, we’ll set them up for you prior to your arrival. If you plan to camp on the grass in your own tent, we recommend tents that they are easily assembled and moved. You provide your sleeping bag, pillow and sleeping pad.
Help Save the Grass! Please remember to remove your tent from the grass before leaving for the river. Tents left on the grass during the day will destroy the grass. Without the grass the camp washes downstream during floods.
Canvas Cabin Tents: We have 8 tents accommodating up to 4 people each with 2 bunk bed cots. Cost: $50/night. Our 9th and 10th cabin tents accommodate up to 8 people with 4 bunk bed cots. Cost: $60/night. You provide your sleeping bag and pillow. For extra comfort, sleeping pad rentals are also available. Cost: $5 each.
Glamour Cabins: If those cots look a little firm for your overnight stay, our Glamour Cabins have mattresses in them. Surrounded by oak trees and grass, with a private river beach, these cabins offer a little more comfort than our Canvas Cabin Tents. Fully equipped with sturdy canvas roll up windows and doors, enjoy nature while being protected from sun and cool nights. Make sure and reserve these cabins early, as they are very popular. You provide a sleeping bag and pillow. Cost: $80/night.
River Cottage: This charming one story river cottage located in the middle of the entire Mother Lode River Center facility offers both privacy and all the comforts of home. Only steps away from our outdoor activities, this river cottage is perfect for families interested in an outdoor adventure with modern comforts. Cost: $190-250/night.
Great food is also a longstanding MaLode tradition, and it is easy to appreciate that each guide is an accomplished cook. From the aroma of fresh brewed coffee in the morning, to mouth-watering meals prepared from ingredients that are always fresh, beautifully presented and often include organically grown vegetables from our organic garden, eating well is guaranteed at Mother Lode. Read on for our meal options* and pricing (per person)!
Breakfast – $10: Pancakes with eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, country potatoes, orange juice, and, of course, coffee!
Lunch – $15: Deli style with lots of options (veggie/vegan friendly), fresh fruit, crackers, and cookies.
Dinner – $25: Classic BBQ served with sauteed vegetables, potatoes, salad, garlic bread and dessert (chef’s choice).
*Meal offerings are based on product and staff availability.
Rules and Regulations – thank you!
1. The Mother Lode River Center facility is available to activity participants only. The minimum age is eight years old.
2. NO DOGS are allowed without written permission from the owner.
3. Campfires should only be built in existing fire rings.
4. By county ordinance, quiet time is between 10PM and sunrise, amplified music is not allowed.
5. Swimming in the river is not safe! The current is strong and the water may rise unpredictably. If you swim, it is at your own risk.
6. Check-out time is 9:30AM. You must break camp (or if you are a multi-day camper, move your tent to a new location, off the grass is best) before leaving for a rafting trip.
7. Please do not move tables from their designated spots onto the grass.
If you have any questions or concerns during your visit to the River Center, please do not hestitate to ask one of our friendly staff members, we are all willing to help!