Share this adventure

Motherlode creates experiences that combine adventure, education and stewardship

Are you ready for an adventure on the American River? Conveniently located in the beautiful Sierra foothills between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe in Coloma, California, Mother Lode River Trips established one of the original and most beautiful whitewater river rafting camps on the West Coast in the 1970′s. Take our camp tour and check it out for yourself! Mother Lode has over 40 years of experience with the finest safety record in the industry! 

Please fill out the following information. After you click Submit, the coupon will be instantly emailed to you. Print the coupon, and take it with you on your adventure. Have fun, and if you have time let us know how it went when you get back.
Privacy guarantee - We will never sell or distribute phone numbers outside of our company. Call Jill at (949) 371-5516 to discuss any concerns.

California Whitewater Rafting on the American River

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.

South Fork of the American Riverwhite water rafting sacramento, Mother Lode River Center
With over 40 inviting river rapids, South Fork American River rafting 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.)
Middle Fork of the American River
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 of white water rafting in Sacramento and come back recharged! (Available every day, some group size restrictions apply.)
North Fork of the American Riveramerican river rafting
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!
South and Middle Fork Combo
Experience the best of the South Fork and Middle Fork with our special 2-day American River Combo!

Family Floats & American River Whitewater Rafting

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?

MotherLode6Challenge Ropes Course

A Challenge Course, or Ropes Course, is an experiential adventure program where participants push themselves individually, and as a group, through taking perceived and actual risks in order to achieve a common goal.

The challenges present in a Ropes Course are emotional, mental, and physical. These challenges can occur close to the ground in trust activities and group initiatives, as well as 20-40 feet above the ground in high ropes elements.

Experienced and skilled facilitators guide groups throughout the program while emphasizing the principals essential to a Challenge Ropes Course: safety, collaboration, and self-discovery.

Mother Lode adapts this experiential approach to effectively help a diverse population of participants learn awareness, teambuilding skills and problem solving. Our programs provide the material that enables teams to excel, meet objectives, and have fun.

What We OfferMotherLode7

Mother Lode delivers quality programs in an incredibly beautiful setting. Our 19 acre, riverfront camp on the South Fork American River provides a relaxed, natural environment for our challenge  programs. We are the only Challenge Ropes Course in California that includes river-based activities in our programs. Our riverside course is  an exceptional resource for delivering experiences rich in meaning and practical application.
At Mother Lode, we pride ourselves on our

  • Experienced and Professional Facilitator
  • Custom-Designed, Natural Tree Course
  • Accredited Safety Standards
  • Personalized Program Delivery
  • 1/2 Day to Multi-Day Programs
  • Customized Ropes & Rafting Program

Mother Lode provides ropes and rafting trip for $139 per person (reservation required).  Visit us for American River Rafting, American River Whitewater Rafting, White Water Rafting Sacramento, South Fork American River Rafting.


Visit us for American River Rafting, White Water Rafting Sacramento, South Fork American River Rafting, American River Whitewater Rafting, Mother Lode River Center.

Share Your Experience

| G+