Mother Lode River Center has been whitewater rafting on California’s most popular river for over 40 years. We’re a family business with a clear mission: to run the safest, best organized and most fun California whitewater rafting trips and to strive for the preservation of the rivers we cherish.
The best California whitewater rafting is available every day and is closer than you might think! All of our whitewater rivers are located less than one hour from Sacramento and less than three hours from the Bay Area.
With over 40 inviting river rapids, the South Fork of the American River is a great choice for beginners, intermediates and kids of all ages. Enjoy a variety of river trips from 5 to 21 miles long, and spend the night at our beautiful private riverside campground. (Available every day except Wednesday.) See our South Fork video.
Offering challenging Class III-IV California whitewater rafting on a scenic wilderness river, the Middle Fork of the American River is located only 1 hour from Sacramento! Get away from it all with 1, 2 or 3-day river trips and come back recharged! (Available every day, some group size restrictions apply.) See our Middle Fork video.
Adventure-seekers will enjoy the thrill of the Class IV+ California whitewater rafting and crystal-clear waters of the North Fork of the American River. The season is short (available April through June) so make your rafting reservation early!
Experience the best of the South Fork and Middle Fork with our special 2-day American River Combo!
We love introducing children to California whitewater rafting. Combine a safe and easy raft trip on the South Fork of the American River with hiking, outdoor games, great meals and a stay at our private campground. We’ll even do the dishes! What better way to relax with your family?
Ready to challenge yourself? Learn and practice the skills and teamwork that make a first-class whitewater raft guide.