Whitewater rafting with Mother Lode

California Whitewater Rafting

You get everything you want in California whitewater rafting with three forks of the American River to choose from, ranging from mild to wild! See for yourself why we have the most popular rafting trips in the state.

Ropes Course & Zip Line

Are you ready for a fun, exhilarating and confidence-building experience? Then you’ll love our riverside ropes challenge course and zip line! Perfect for parties, retreats, team-building events, family vacations or a weekend getaway with friends.

Package Deals

Top off your whitewater rafting adventure with a thrilling ride down the only zip line on the American River! Groups can add a day or half day on our challenge ropes course. 

Outdoor Education

If you like learning and want to gain a deeper connection and appreciation for the great outdoors, you can’t miss our outdoor education programs. Great for school field trips and class retreats, we offer customized trips from a half-day to a whole week in duration.


Mother Lode River Center is located along the South Fork American River in Northern California. One hour from Sacramento and three hours from the Bay Area.

6280 Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651


Facility Map

Camping the way you want. Tents, Glamour Camping, Retreat House – it’s your choice.


California Whitewater

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The 2018 rafting season marked three important victories for Mother Lode’s river conservation effort. First, if you wrote one of …
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