The meeting place for the river camp, South Fork American River rafting, all two-day trips, Challenge Ropes Courses and Outdoor Education programs.

Print out these maps and bring them along on your trip. The smaller map is a close-up of the Coloma-Placerville area just east of Sacramento.

Map to Mother Lode Campground & South Fork meeting place

Map to Mother Lode Campground & South Fork meeting place (detail)When driving from Sacramento: Go East on Highway 50. Exit at the N. Shingle Springs/Ponderosa Road off ramp. At the top of the off ramp turn left and go over the freeway. Take the first available right turn onto N. Shingle Road. In approximately 4.5 miles this road turns into Lotus Rd. (you will probably not even know it when it happens). Stay on Lotus Rd until it dead ends at Hwy. 49 (approx. 5 miles). Turn left onto Hwy 49 and you will cross over the South Fork of the American River.

Mother Lode Camp is located on the left side of Hwy. 49, 2.3 miles from this bridge and opposite County road marker 26.51. Our physical address is 6280 Hwy 49. Approx. driving time is 1 hr from Sacramento.

For more information call 1-800-42-RAFTS or email us at