Mother Lode River Center
Weekday or Weekend Chili Bar Rafting Trip & Gold Rush Tour with Mother Lode River Center

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  • $64 for Weekday Chili Bar Rafting Trip & Gold Rush Tour with Lunch ($124 value)
  • $79 for Weekend Chili Bar Rafting Trip & Gold Rush Tour with Lunch ($149 value)

Trips depart from Mother Lode, and last around seven hours. Groups navigate 11.5 miles of challenging rapids, including Meatgrinder, Highway, and the Class III+ Troublemaker. Groups grab lunch within the scenic Marshall Gold State Park; after chowing down on cold cuts and veggies from the delicious deli spread, guests can do a bit of exploring around the site of Sutter's Mill, where a gold discovery helped kick off the Gold Rush of 1848. Along the way, they'll also learn about river conservation, area flora, fauna, and area geology from Mother Lode's outdoor education experts.

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About Mother Lode River Center
How do you transform Sacramento into a land of adventure? For the guides at Mother Lode River Center, the answer is simple: just add water. On their whitewater rafting tours, they lead groups on pulse-hiking expeditions along the rushing waters of the American River. However, the fun doesn't end there. Read on to learn more about Mother Lode's specialties:

Whitewater Rafting

  • Advanced North Fork rafting with continuous class IV rapids including Chamberlain Falls and Bogus Thunder
  • Intermediate Middle Fork rafting that tackles both class III and IV rapids ranging from Tunnel Chute to Parallel Parking
  • Beginner South Fork rafting along more than 14 class II and III rapids including Meatgrinder and Troublemaker

Ropes Courses

  • Low elements course promotes team building with a spider web, 10-foot climbing wall, and rope swing
  • High elements course runs 20-40 feet above the ground with belay systems and challenges including a leap of faith and balance beam

Outdoor Education

  • Gold Rush history program that explores the economic, social, and political effects of the Gold Rush
  • River Science class that teaches about the water cycle, erosion, the scientific method, and aquatic life
  • Life skills development trains groups in leadership skills, problem, solving, and teamwork on the rope course
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    6280 Golden Chain Highway, Lotus, CA 95651
    530-626-4187 | get directions

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