Find yourself a little confused? Maybe overwhelmed? You are in the right place. If you cannot find your answer here within our list of frequently asked questions or if you have a specific question regarding your existing reservation, please have your reservation number handy and call our office Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM, (530) 626-4187.

Do I need to make a reservation?

To guarantee space on the trip of your choice we recommend making a reservation in advance, especially on weekends and around holidays. A lot of work is put into the planning of a trip, from scheduling guides and drivers to purchasing food and ensuring our equipment is in top condition. Call our office to make your reservation today!

How do I get to Mother Lode?

Mother Lode River Center is located on the South Fork of the American River at 6280 Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651 near Coloma, CA. 

Map to Mother Lode & Meeting Places

What time should I arrive and when will I be departing?

Be sure to look over your trip confirmation email (if you are having trouble locating this email, please call our office (530) 626-4187) for information regarding your trip’s start time and end time. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before your trip is scheduled to begin to avoid scheduling complications. Each of our trips begins right on time so if it looks like you may be a few minutes late, please call our office so we can alert the operations staff.

What should I bring with me and what should I wear for my trip?

We’ve compiled a list of the essentials that we recommend you bring on any one of Mother Lode’s trips. Check out our packing lists for more information.

What will the weather/temperature be like?

Temperatures at Mother Lode can get quite hot during the summertime. Click here to find a more specific forecast for your upcoming trip date. Remember to plan accordingly for daytime temperatures and nighttime temperatures if you are on a multi-day trip. However, always be prepared for changeable weather.

Can you accommodate specific dietary needs?

Be sure to mention any type of dietary need/concern to our main office when you make your reservation. Our experienced kitchen staff can plan accordingly and will offer a specific product when/if necessary.

Should I tip my guides?

Many of our guests ask this question, wondering if gratuities are considered appropriate and in what amount. Therefore, if you feel your guide provided an exceptional experience for you a tip may be left with the head guide and will be evenly distributed among the group. Anything between 5% and 10% of your trip cost is a general tipping guideline.

Will I fall out of the raft?

Taking a small swim is always a possibility when whitewater rafting. Each guest will be equipped with a personal-flotation-device and we brief all of our clients on what to expect and how to behave in the event that someone does fall out of the raft.

Do I need to know how to swim?

No, however, you should be comfortable in and around water.

What if I fall off the ropes course?

For every high element on our challenge ropes course, you will be “on-belay”. This means you will be in a harness, connected to one of our highly experienced ropes course facilitators. In the event of a fall, your facilitator will be able to “catch” you by maintaining tension on your rope.

What equipment does Mother Lode provide?

We include all of the top-quality equipment you will need for your trip. For whitewater rafting trips, we provide your helmet, paddle, personal flotation device and splash jackets/wetsuits if necessary. For challenge ropes course activities, we provide your harness and helmet.

What if I need to cancel my trip?

If you must cancel your trip, all but a $25/person cancellation fee will be refunded provided we have written notice at least 30 days prior to your trip. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the trip date are not eligible for refunds, however, you may find another qualified person to take your place without penalty.