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Our first river rafting!

It’s our honeymoon! Based on my 32 year olds recommendations we did the 1/2 day south fork trip... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
Amazing whitewater rafting experience with my kids!

We started with a nice deli lunch, then safety instructions, life vests and helmets. Then we were... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Keri B
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The only American River rafting company combining rafting plus a zip line & ropes challenge course. With 46 years of experience & the best safety record in the industry, we've guided over 290,000 happy guests on the 3 forks of the wildly popular...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
6280 State Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651-9704
+1 530-626-4187
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It’s our honeymoon! Based on my 32 year olds recommendations we did the 1/2 day south fork trip. Perfect weather and a perfect day. Such great fun. Sean was our boat crew and was phenomenal!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started with a nice deli lunch, then safety instructions, life vests and helmets. Then we were off. The trip we took started out mellow, perfect for first timers and with kids (11-14). We were able to jump in and cool off/swim at different points....More

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Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

Hats off to this company and the river guide, Randy, for the fabulous time on the American River. Several Class II and Class III rapids for thrills and calm stretches for games and challenges. Well worth the time and $$.

Thank Diane B
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Me, my daughter and my 17 year old grandson just did the Chili run and couldn't have found a better way to spend Labor Day than rafting the American River with Mother Lode. It was awesome! Erica was an excellent guide, kept us safe and...More

Thank Hanne707
Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

We went on a half-day rafting trip. It was ~11 miles . Level II and III rapids. The crew was really amazing. Our guide was Ryan, he did a amazing job guiding us. They also provide food(lunch). Tip: Look for deals on Groupon :)

Thank Akash P
Reviewed July 17, 2017

We did the Upper Section Chili-Bar tour and had Wes as our guide. It was our first time whitewater rafting. What a great day to enjoy this beautiful river with some fun and adventure mixed in. The whole experience was great, and we hope to...More

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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

Scotty was our guide and he was awesome. He trusted his crew, so we were able to experience extra adventure with him. Cameron was well organized at the sight, and we were well informed as to what the check in process entailed. We were suited...More

Thank DNSarg
Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

This was my first time white water rafting and I loved every bit of it. Our guide Cameron was fantastic & none of us fell in but we all swam in the river. My son got to be at the front of the raft for...More

Thank Rowsh
Reviewed May 1, 2017

I've gone with Mother Lode on several trips on the South Fork of the American and once on the Middle Fork. We selected Mother Lode as the company to use for our wedding rafting trip because they are experienced, fun and friendly! We had guests...More

1  Thank donna j
Reviewed September 6, 2016

We just got back after spending two nights camping at the Mother Lode. The Camp ground is very nice. We did the Ropes Coarse and Rafted one day. Our Guides for the ropes coarse were Denali and Chris. They were both amazing!!! We lucked out...More

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November 5, 2016|
Response from patiD | Reviewed this property |
you may not be able to do so on the private campground (ask them in the office) but you can most likely do so on public lands (if the property is held as a mining claim, you probably cannot do so either) Along the river... More