Activities at Roaring Camp

Rafting, diving, swimming in nature’s most beautiful swimming holes, fishing, hiking on the trails used by the 49ers, wildlife and all types of ranch animals. You can also enjoy our playground area, ping pong and horseshoe pits. There is something for the entire family. All of this, plus the best gold-mining in the Mother Lode!

Gold Mining

Panning – Don’t worry if you don’t own a gold pan yet. We carry our patented gold pan in our Trading Post. 

Gold Bearing Gravel Piles – This material is dug off bedrock and run through our screening plant removing the larger rocks (non-gold bearing material). We will supply a sluice box, water, settling pond and necessary equipment for your mining, along with instruction and help from our crew. Equipment will be supplied for 3 hours per day (1 ½ hours in the morning and 1 ½ hours in the afternoon) and will take about 5 days to remove the gold from your operation. Cost is $425.00 Piles are limited, reservations should be made in advance.

Saturday Night BBQ

Saturday Night Cookout

Our Saturday Night Cookout Dinner is a five hour trip into the canyon, leaving at 5:00 P.M. and returning at 10:00 P.M. After the guide shows you the Museum, Camp and our Placer Gold mine operation, he will show you how to pan for gold. (You keep the nuggets!)

The dinner is a hearty New York Steak BBQ. Just wait until you taste the awesome fried bread! Cost is $55.00 per person for non-campers, or FREE for those who are staying in camp.

All Day Guided Gold Panning Tour

For an affordable $40 per person, enjoy an ALL-DAY ADVENTURE into the Mokelumne River Canyon. We take you into the beautiful remote Mokelumne Canyon, once mined by the 49ers and still being mined today. See our Placer Gold Mine Operation, our Wildlife and Mining Artifacts Museums, the ruins of the past, pan for gold, collect rocks, fish, hike and enjoy river swimming in nature's most beautiful swimming hole.

Enjoy lunch in our Trading Post or bring a picnic lunch. Great for school field trips, birthday parties, company outings, or just a day on the river with your family. Please note, no pets allowed.

Tours go Sunday – Friday check in time 10:00 a.m. you return to your car at 4:00 p.m.


Open May – September

Cabins and tent camping at Roaring Camp, along the Mokelumne River in California. Click below to see more details.

Youth Activities

There is an inviting playground with swings, slide and a climbing fort.

Enjoy a playful or relaxing afternoon at the “swimming hole”. A GREAT way to refresh the entire family. The water is crystal clear. Many shallow areas for children, diving rocks for those who dare!

Common Operation

Everyone works together on the common operation and the gold found is divided equally between participants. Includes use of all mining equipment and the help from Roaring Camp’s Crew. Cost is $375.00 per person plus cabin or tent site.  209-296-4100.