and The American River are projects of the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce, under the auspices of the American River Recreation Association.

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All business listings and advertising sales are handled through the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce. Please see their membership and advertising pages for details.

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Thank you so much to all the people who have contributed time, talent and effort to this website!

Special thanks to Betty Sederquist. In addition to donating photographs for use on the website (see above), over the years Betty has contributed hundreds of hours writing articles for the Coloma-Lotus Guide and

Other content contributors include Christina Pugliese, Sara Schwartz Kendall, and Donna McMaster. Thank you all!

Photography Credits

The Coloma-Lotus area is blessed with beautiful vistas, exciting adventures, and several superb photographers who continually capture its beauty and action. We thank you for allowing us to use your photographs to dress up our website and show off the river and the valley.


Website History

The website has been in continuous operation since August 1, 1995, making it one of the longest-running community websites in the world. In 2003, the South Fork of the American River section of the site was split off to form the basis of The American River web site. was a finalist for The Dotties (Sacramento Web Awards) in both 1999 and 2006.

The sites were created as a labor of love by Donna McMaster (formerly doing business as Coloma Communications). Donna continues to develop and maintain the sites. Jonathan Kurten designed the latest incarnation of the site.

Thanks and acknowledgments to the WordPress community.

You Can Help!

You can help us keep the site up to date! Please contact us if you have calendar events or other news to share, additions or corrections to our material, or would like to submit an article.