The Mother Lode provides an absolutely beautiful setting for memorable events, including the famous Frog Jump at the Calaveras County Fair and the Motherlode Round-up. This part of California is designated as wilderness and there are many ways to enjoy the Sierra Nevada foothills. View information about wildlife in the Mother Lode and what to do if you see a local bear or mountain lion. The Mother Lode has an unbeatable combination of breathtaking scenery, thrilling activities, and relaxing hideaways to explore.
- Enjoy backpacking, biking, fishing, and some extreme whitewater rafting.
- Explore with an off highway vehicle (ATV, rock crawler or snowmobile).
- Relax at a lake, in a fishing boat, kayak, or houseboat, or cut through the water on water skis!