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For active people, Mother Lode River Center is a premier destination for an exceptional and innovative connection to nature because only Mother Lode creates experiences that combine adventure, education and stewardship.

Whitewater Rafting

Depending on your interest and level of experience, allow us to make a recommendation as to which river will best fit you! Don’t miss out on some of the best whitewater rafting in the entire country! With the best safety and conservation record in the industry, Mother Lode continues to provide top-quality whitewater rafting adventures.

Challenge Ropes Course

Do you enjoy climbing? Heights? Team-building? Adrenalin? You are in the right place. The Mother Lode River Center’s Challenge Ropes Course incorporates a dynamic mix of high and low ropes course elements. Each activity is managed and facilitated by our experienced, safety-conscious staff members using a belay system. Take your vacation to new heights on the “Catwalk“, “Leap of Faith” or “Climbing Wall“!


Spend an afternoon flying through the trees alongside the American River! Experience this NEW addition to our facility and book your adventure on our 370 ft-long zip line! Taking almost five minutes from start to finish, this new activity has been a huge hit with our clientele. Starting at only $25/zip, this adventure is sure to please everyone!


Are you looking for a more dynamic vacation this summer? Here at the River Center, our staff continually inspires and introduces new hobbies and sports to our adventure mix. Why not try zip-lining and rafting in the same day? How about a kayaking course paired with a relaxing class II float trip? We love combining different types of activities into one, multi-faceted adventure!


While most of the activities at Mother Lode may seem to be structured around adrenalin, we also pride ourselves on continuing to promote environmental conservation and stewardship through education. At the River Center, we offer a variety of outdoor education programs ranging from Gold Rush History to River Science. Browse through our course selection today!