American River, South Fork - Chili Bar

Troublemaker (S-Turn) Rapid

Rapid Details

Name Troublemaker (S-Turn) Rapid
Class III to IV

This is the biggest (and last major) rapid on the chili bar run.  2 holes are the major feature of this rapid.  1 at the start of the rapid and another immediately below it on the sharp right hand turn.  You can hit both holes and squeeze between gunsight rock and the left bank in a raft.  Just make sure to square up.  Kayakers can also make the hole runs but can possibly get flipped but swims aren't too bad here.  IK's may want to run the first hole far left and then paddle hard to run right of gunsight rock.  As water levels rise the holes get bigger and more powerful.


You can scout from the left bank.

Recommended Flows Minimum: 800.0
Maximum: 4000.0
Length Feet
Elevation 754.67 Feet
Coordinates Lat - 38.79953467
Long - -120.88315467

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