Community Organizations

Looking to meet people, find out more about our community, or help out in some way? We have several local organizations that welcome participants and volunteers.

If your group would like to be listed on this page, please contact us so we can add you.

American River Conservancy – The Conservancy always welcomes volunteers to help with their wonderful natural history and children’s programs. For more information call them at (530) 621-1224.

Coloma-Lotus Advisory Committee – The CLAC advises the County on community- and river-related issues in the Coloma Lotus Valley. It consists of seven appointed volunteer committee members who work with interested community members on issues of concern including river management, fire and emergency services, economics, parks and infrastructure, and more.

Coloma-Lotus Business Council – The motto of our active Council is “promoting business and community in the Coloma-Lotus Valley.” The Council promotes the area through the printed Coloma-Lotus Guide and the and American River websites. It sponsors local events including the annual Spring Egg Hunt and the SouthForkFest. All local businesses and individuals are invited to join.

Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council – Bringing together public and private organizations and neighbors to share information about defensible space and other fire-safe topics, create an emergency radio neighborhood network, and link related fire prevention programs in ways that save us money and time. The public safety issues we discuss will extend to general emergency preparedness and response, and greater community resilience overall.

Gold Discovery Park Association – The GDPA is a non-profit, volunteer organization providing interpretation, education, and service at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma. They welcome volunteers and provide fun docent training. For more information call (530) 622-6198.

Gold Trail Grange #452 – Gold Trail Grange, serving as the Coloma-Lotus Community Hall, is located in the heart of the Gold Country in the middle of Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. It is a historical building available to rent for weddings, wedding receptions, business meetings, community events, musical and educational events, and parties. For more information email [email protected].

South Fork Arts and Recreation (SoFAR) is a non-profit organization in the South Fork American River Valley that seeks to inspire and teach music and art, advocate for and help provide recreational opportunities, and promote community involvement in Coloma, Lotus, and the surrounding area. SoFAR currently operates the Coloma Shuttle along the South Fork of the American River, produces wonderful music events such as the American River Music Festival and other special events throughout the year, and coordinates the Community Artwork Project for the Hwy 49 retaining wall at Lotus Road.


Gold Discovery Park Association

Gold Discovery Park Association

PO Box 461, Coloma, CA 95613

The Gold Discovery Park Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the interpretation and conservation of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. We work to provide funding for various projects and educational programs... 530-622-6198

American River Conservancy

American River Conservancy

348 Hwy 49, PO Box 562, Coloma, CA 95613

The American River Conservancy protects habitat, native fisheries, scenic vistas, and recreational lands within the upper American River and Cosumnes River watersheds. To date, we have successfully protected over 27,500 acres. ARC continues to... 530-621-1224

Coloma Lotus Business Council

Coloma Lotus Business Council

7310 State Highway 49, Lotus, CA 95651

You’ve come to the right place for fun! The Coloma-Lotus river valley has been discovered as a perfect outdoor spot to relax and recreate. Come for the river; come for the hills and trails; come to explore the place where the Gold Rush was born! (530) 285-0002

Junior Guide Raft Camp

Junior Guide Raft Camp

7310 Hwy 49, Lotus , CA 95651

An Educational non-profit summer camp providing youth aged 6-16 with river safety and rafting education. We are in our 10th year of teaching adventure, leadership, and teamwork. 916-616-2317



7308 Hwy 49 Ste F, Lotus, CA 95651

501(c)3 non profit organization focused on supporting the arts and recreational opportunities in the Coloma Lotus community. 530-303-2404

Coloma Outdoor Discovery School (CODS)

6921 Mt Murphy Rd, Coloma, CA 95613

A non-profit, outdoor learning center on the South Fork near Gold Discovery Park within the Coloma Resort. 1-4 day experiences in gold rush history, science and ropes challenges. 530-621-2298

American River Recreation Assoc (ARRA)

Lotus, CA

Since 1979 ARRA has been facilitating and promoting public river access, river use education, and recreational programs throughout the river valley

Bureau of Land Management - Mother Lode

El Dorado Hills, CA


El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

Placerville, CA

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce helps to ensure that the business opportunities and quality of life we know today may be sustained through future generations. Please explore the wealth of information at your fingertips on our website and... (530) 621-5885

Friends of The River

Sacramento , CA

Committed to becoming a more powerful voice for a climate resilient water future in California with healthy rivers, equal access to safe and affordable drinking water, and a thriving, sustainable economy for all Californians. 916-422-3155

Gold Trail Grange #452

Coloma, CA

Historic building in Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Full Commercial kitchen, lighted stage and dance floor. Perfect for your wedding or event. Our hall is nestled by the river and historic Marshall Gold Discovery Park. 530-626-1194

Henningsen Lotus Park

Lotus, CA


Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Coloma, CA

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP marks the spot where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848, beginning the California Gold Rush. (530) 622-3470