Classified as a
river surfing location
is best paddle when discharge levels are
between 800.0 cfs to 4000.0 cfs
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.
Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the American River, South Fork are between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 4,000cfs.
River conditions sourced from USGS 11427000, the Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca
Remember only watercraft are permitted
at Chili Bar.
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