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Lodging for the American River near Coloma and Placerville

Boaters and paddlers looking for a place to stay near the South, Middle, or North Forks of the American, can choose from campgrounds, RV parks, hotels, and luxury vacation rentals in Auburn, Coloma, Placerville and Sacramento.

Coloma is considered a hub for California whitewater rafting enthusiasts ranging from local boaters and paddlers who live there year-round to "river rats" who show up mid-May and live in their trucks or tents all summer. Take a winter drive through Highway 49 though Coloma and visit "Christmas in Coloma." During the summer, lodging, campgrounds, restaurants and stores open their doors and thousands of paddlers flock to run the South Fork of the American and several other more chanllenging runs nearby.

Campgrounds and hotels in Coloma are often located on riverfront property with beautiful views. Many also have the added convenience of a restaurant or general store on site. Click here for a description of American River whitewater.


American River Inn - Find tranquility and a sense of nostalgia in the heart of the Gold Country at the Historic American River Inn. Rooms and Suites are furnished with antiques. Many fun activities on the property and closeby!

Camp Lotus Lodging is located at mile 10.5 on the South Fork American River. A popular river site with rafters and paddlers, lodging is available with advanced reservations.

Coloma Country Inn - Built in 1852, this country farmhouse is located in the middle of a 300-acre California State Historic Park in historic Coloma.

River Gables - Luxury Riverfront Vacation Rental in Coloma. This chaming Victorian getaway is family owned and operated. Ammenities include a rock swimming pool, spa, sauna, and private theater. Visiters can choose to eat gourmet dinners or have a bar-be-que. River Gables arranges whitewater rafting trip packages that begin and end right at your own private retreat.

Sierra Nevada House has lodging, restaurant and an outdoor patio.

Shafsky House - This 1902 Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast in Placerville's Historic District provides a wonderful taste of rich heritage, both inside and out.


American River Resort - located at the famous Troublemaker Rapid. 85 campsites, many with RV hookups. Swimming pool, volleyball, horseshoes, and Whitewater Cafe. Just a short walk from Historic Coloma.

Camp Lotus - large, grassy campsites located right on the American River. Great for families and large groups. Recently built cabins with kitchens and private baths are perfect for non-campers.

Restaurants and Bars

Coloma Club - A visit to the Coloma Club Saloon for live music and dancing is both a cultural event and a fun evening of partying with other boaters.

Take-A-Bite Deli (located inside the Shell Station) - Their sign says "Best Gas Station Food in America" and their customers agree! As locals already know, the lunch time lines can be too long to we recommend that you call in your order in advance! 530-642-8482. Sanwiches, soups, vegetarian, daily specials.

Things to Do

The Gold Bug Historic Park in downtown Placerville offers guided tours of the historic mine and scenes from the gold rush. They have a store to buy gifts as well.

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