Relaxing by a Canvas Cabin Tent at Mother Lode River Center.Welcome to the Mother Lode River Center!

Our 20-acre riverside camp is intended to provide an ambiance and charm that will make a lasting impression. We are located 60 mins east of Sacramento along the American River.

There are a variety of different accommodation options ranging from tenting campsites, to dome tent rentals, to luxury canvas cabin tents with cots.


Our camp is quiet, nature based and available exclusively to our guests.

Riverside location with one half mile of riverfront with multiple charming eddies all connected by our nature trail.

  • Full Bathrooms with HOT showers
  • Activity areas, open spaces, and walking trails
  • Healthy, delicious meals served from our commercial kitchens. 

Multiple Camp Options

More than one group, want to separate girls from boys, on your honeymoon and want to be all by yourself?  We’ve got you covered!

The “Main Lode” camp featuresRelaxing by a Canvas Cabin Tent at Mother Lode River Center. platform canvas tent cabins. These are artfully sited with plenty of space between each tent. Cots and foam mattresses are available for your comfort.

River Science Program

The “Upper Lode” Camp (sites 21- 32)  is easily car accessible and features one of our most popular camping sites, “The Island”, which is accessible by a stone footpath and bridge. Upper Lode also features our “wilderness kitchen” with hot and cold running water, sinks, refrigeration and stoves which are all available for rent to Scouts and other groups who don’t want to haul everything with them.

Camp Store: Our camp store provides those last minute items such as Chums, a disposable waterproof camera, even a sleeping bag if you forgot yours, or just flew in from out of town.

Other Unique Spaces: 




The Big Red Yurt: perfect for meetings, yoga, meditation, group camping…


The Nisenan grinding holes– thousands of years old and endlessly fascinating….


The MaLode Eddy: repose, contemplation, a quick dip!

River Science Program


The Lawn: Best place ever……


Ropes, Glamping, Rafting…….Let’s go!