Mother Lode Rafting

Mother Lode River Trips, Ltd. is one of California’s original rafting companies and a leader in finding new ways to make whitewater adventures more exciting and fun!

Providing excellent raft trips for over 40 years, 290,000 happy whitewater rafting participants, and 3 million rivers miles with the best safety record in our industry. This record speaks for itself and every program reflects our dedication to personal and group safety.

Mother Lode has been a pioneer of paddle rafting, the art of guiding the raft through rapids powered by the crew paddling as a team. This is the most fun, exhilarating and spectacular way to enjoy rafting whitewater rivers and is considered the ultimate team sport.

Inspiring through interpretation, our guides love to share their knowledge of the flora, fauna and fascination of California’s most historically significant whitewater rivers. They also enjoy sharing side hikes, hidden waterfalls, secret adventure swims, and other features unknown to all but a few. We strive to make every trip a peak experience. 

Taking rafting to the next level with Zip Line and Ropes:

Mother Lode continues its tradition of innovation this season by making your rafting trip even more exciting by adding Zip Line and Ropes. This creates a team building experience that is not only powerful and unique, but also absolutely pegs the fun meter! Where else can you check two adventures off the ‘bucket list” in one day?

Amazing guides and state of the art training:

Attracted by our special purpose, our guides are friendly, fun and great communicators who receive extensive training not only as river guides, but also as ropes course facilitators and outdoor educators. This combination may be new and unique, yet our guide training has always set new standards.

“Mother Lode” is more than a rafting company, it is a place.

Twenty riverside acres with over ½ mile of riverfront,connected by our Nature Trail, large areas of verdant grass shaded by gorgeous heritage oaks, the River Center is the perfect location for overnight stays, special events and outdoor activities of all kinds. Follow our charming stone pathways and you will discover a hidden secret, an ancient Nisenan camp evidenced by dozens of Native American grinding holes bored into the granite bedrock overlooking the river. “Cullumah” means “beautiful valley” in Nisenan and with its spectacular panoramic view of the river, sightings of otter, beaver, fox, deer and birds of all kinds, clearly this is one of the places they had in mind!

Yet within a short walk you leave this wild place and return to a unique combination of amenities. These include 2 sets of modern bathrooms, three commercial kitchens, canvas cabin tents, our “Glamping” cabins that offer beds and furniture, a camp store and a large Pacific Yurt that serves as the perfect meeting, sleeping and performance space. There is even a rustic two bedroom cabin with kitchen and private bathroom which is perfect for small families.

Should you plan a special event, consider The Retreat Center portion of the camp. This features our two bedroom two-bath eco-house with its adjacent “honeymoon” yurt, a commercial kitchen with dining area and large stone BBQ, separate bath house, and platform tent cabins located near their own private beach graced by a stone fire ring.

Mother Lode River Center
6280 Highway 49
Lotus, CA 95651
(530) 626-4187