Zip lines might be one of the few things that can compete with the excitement of whitewater rafting. Fortunately, at Mother Lode River Center you don’t have to choose one or the other–you can do both!

Rafting Options

There are two sections of the South Fork: Chili Bar and the Gorge. The Chili Bar section begins upriver from Mother Lode, stops for lunch in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, and finishes at Mother Lode River Center. The Gorge section begins with lunch at our beautiful riverside camp, puts on the water at our camp, and finishes at Salmon Falls just above Folsom Lake.


Chili Bar

  • Meets at 8:15am
  • Class III
  • Includes Lunch
  • Minimum age 8
  • 11.5 mile run


  • Meets at 11:30am
  • Class III
  • Includes Lunch
  • Minimum age 8
  • 10 mile run

The zip line was the best thing I did in 2013–except for rafting, of course!”

-B. Kallen

Zip Line

Our zip line gives you a unique bird’s eye view of the natural beauty that Mother Lode is loaded with. If you choose to raft Chili Bar then you will get to zip after the rafting finishes upon take-out at Mother Lode. If you choose to raft the Gorge you will get to zip prior to getting on the river


Zip Express with South Fork Rafting

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