Class III-IV South Fork American River, CA

BLM South Fork American (Chili Bar Access to Salmon Falls)

The South Fork of the American River is considered to be one of the finest recreational resources in California. The river’s rapids are relatively gentle and the countryside is rich in history. Opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities include whitewater rafting & kayaking, picnicking, trail hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, gold panning, bicycling, and camping. All of them unique ways to experience the habitat and beauty of the South Fork of the American River. (Source: BLM)

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day, 21.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Mother Lode Field Office
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater
River Flow Information

This section of river is dependent on flow being released from an upstream hydropower dam.

Dependable flows through the spring and summer, and weekend flows all year round make Chili Bar a very popular section of river. During times of the year when most other California whitewater rivers are too low to boat, the Chili Bar powerhouse still turns on at 9 AM and turns off around noon. (Source: American Whitewater)