American River, South Fork - Chili Bar

California-US  

Description

Class III-IV- run on the S. Fork American River.  This is a very fun intermediate run that sees a lot of use.  Chili Bar and the Gorge farther downstream could be the most popular river run in America thanks to a healthy commercial outfitter community and highly populated areas close by (Sacramento).  Despite being in California this area still has a nice, remote, rural feel to it.  The water runs all year long thanks to dam controlled releases but you want to catch the release bubbles for the best run.  The water is typically clear and not too cold (especially in the hot summer time heat of CA).  Join the other thousands and thousands that have boated this area and give it a try.  For kayakers this is a good run to get some surfing in and for rafters this is just a good run without a lot of consequences.

 

Put In: 193 Placerville

Take Out: Coloma

Statistics

Joshua Darnell
Class III to IV
Current Flow 6863.0 CFS
05-26-2017 01:30
Recommended Flow Minimum: 800.0
Average: 1800.0
Maximum: 4000.0
Typical Season Begins: January
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge AMERICAN RIVER AT CHILI BAR
Length 8.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 26.35 FPM