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Whitewater River Run

California American River, South Fork

Chili Bar



77°, Sunny Then Slight Chance T-Storms

The Chili Bar River Run in California is a thrilling experience for any experienced rafter. With Class III and IV rapids, this section of the South Fork American River is not for beginners. Obstacles like Meatgrinder and Troublemaker make for an exciting ride, while less experienced rafters can still enjoy the scenery from the calmer stretches of water. The best time to float this section is in the spring or early summer, when the snowmelt provides the necessary flow. The recommended flow rate is between 800-2,500 cfs.

Weather today, A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Status Runnable
Class Level III to IV
Elevation 717 ft
Run Length 8.0 Mi
Gradient 26 FPM
Streamflow Discharge 2630 cfs
Gauge Height 2.8 ft
Reporting Streamgage Nf American R A North Fork Dam Ca
USGS 11427000

Nearby Snowpack and Streamflow Levels

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Tuolumne R A Wards Ferry Br Nr Groveland Ca
USGS 11285500
21,000 cfs ft
Sacramento R Bl Georgiana Slough Ca
USGS 11447905
17,500 cfs 8.4 ft
S Mokelumne R A New Hope Br Nr Walnut Grove Ca
USGS 11336680
1,100 cfs ft
Middle R At Middle River Ca
USGS 11312676
2,130 cfs 6.5 ft
N Mokelumne Nr Walnut Grove Ca
USGS 11336685
16,600 cfs 25.6 ft
Sacramento R Ab Delta Cross Channel Ca
USGS 11447890
23,700 cfs 8.8 ft
Little Potato Slough A Terminous Ca
USGS 11336790
7 cfs 19.0 ft
Georgiana Slough Nr Sacramento R
USGS 11447903
7,670 cfs 8.4 ft
Black C Nr Copperopolis Ca
USGS 11299600
18 cfs 2.7 ft
Unnamed Trib Bl Gavin Mandry Dr Nr Marysville Ca
USGS 11424546
8 cfs 2.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Squaw Valley G.C.
54" 0"
alpine meadows-base
135" -36"
Independence Camp
5" -3"
Css Lab
53" 0"
black springs
30.58" -2.5"
Ward Creek #3
41" -2"
Independence Lake
115" -2"

Popular Destinations

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bear River County Park 23 1,749 ft
Rucky A Chucky - Auburn State Rec Area 5 723 ft
Finnon Lake 14 2,427 ft
Shirttail 30 3,943 ft
Indian Grinding Rock State Park 22 2,378 ft
Mineral Bar - Auburn State Rec Area 18 1,167 ft
Big Reservoir 19 4,161 ft
Dru Barner 47 3,237 ft
Giant Gap 35 3,686 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Donner Ski Ranch 53" 59° 0"
Soda Springs 53" 59° 0"
Sugar Bowl Resort 0" 64° 0"
Boreal Mountain Resort 53" 59° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way (Shirttail) 2630.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III
Greenwood to Mammoth Bar 2630.0cfs 7.0 Mi II to II+
Royal Gorge (Soda Springs to Tadpole Creek) 2980.0cfs 25.0 Mi V to V+
Tunnel Run (Ralston Powerhouse to Greenwood) 2630.0cfs 16.5 Mi IV- to IV
Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road) 2630.0cfs 26.8 Mi IV to IV+
Chili Bar 2630.0cfs 8.0 Mi III to IV
Sunrise Avenue to Watt Avenue 15500.0cfs 11.0 Mi II- to II
Coloma to Greenwood - (C to G) 2630.0cfs 5.0 Mi II to III-

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