Thursday, October 25, 2007


American River SF Chili Bar Run

Whitewater River Guide & Maps - California

Recent Flows on American River SF.

The flow on SF American is measured just upstream from put-in (station id=7638).

River Difficulty vs. Flow Rate.

class . . . flow (cfs)
III+ . . . 700 - 3000
IV . . . . 3000 - 15000

Description - American River SF Chili Bar Run.

This is a popular run due to the great rapids, great playspots and the long season of boatable flows due to dam releases. (El Dorado County, California, USA).

Driving Directions, Distance, Estimated Time & Road Conditions.

Mapquest provides directions, distance & time from your house to the river.
* From Davis, CA to Coloma, CA - driving time 1 hour, 7 minutes.

California Road Conditions (Delays or closures due to weather, construction, etc.)
* California Travel Information -
* Road Conditions - California Dept Transportation.

Topographic River Map, Road Map & Local Business Search.

• The map below is interactive - click and drag on the map to adjust the location.
• Point or DoubleClick on the red markers below to see their names.
• Use the tool on the left to zoom and pan.
• Click on the Map button for a road map, Topo button for topographic map.
• Click on Google logo for road map & local business search (gas, food, camping).
• Full screen topo map and coordinates of additional landmarks - see below.
Topographic map user instructions.

Topographic River Map.

Full-Screen Topographic Map - Chili Bar Run SF American River.

River Landmarks - Geographic Coordinates.
Copy/paste the coordinates below into the search box at Google Maps or into the Find box at Acme Mapper.
* N 38.77185 W 120.81365, Gauge at Chili Bar Dam.
* N 38.76626 W 120.82197, Chili Bar put-in (A).
* N 38.76988 W 120.83244, Meatgrinder Rapid (III+) (B).
* N 38.77122 W 120.84274, Racehorse Rapid (II+) (C).
* N 38.77242 W 120.84858, Maya Rapid (II+) (D).
* N 38.78594 W 120.85785, Triple Threat (III) (E).
* N 38.79918 W 120.88231, Troublemaker Rapid (III+) (F).
* N 38.80881 W 120.90149, Hwy 49 Bridge take-out (G).

Local weather in Coloma, California.

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

So. American - At Chili Bar - CA Sierra West Slope - Dreamflows.
American River SF Directory.
(Display options - alphabetical 100. See section 1.)

Printed Guidebooks - American River white water.

Paddling Northern California, Charlie Pike 2001. (pp 226-230)
Best Whitewater in California, Third Edition 1998. (pg 178-179)
California Whitewater - A Guide to the Rivers, Third Edition 1995. (104-111)
Western Whitewater From the Rockies to the Pacific, 1994. River guidebook, pg 355.
Ann Dwyer's Easy Waters of California North, 2000. (pg. 192-193)
The American River: North, Middle & South Forks, 1989.
California River Maps - Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, 2008.

Whitewater Trip Reports.

Kayaking Chili Bar On The South Fork American video - lunaticrider209 10aug2010
Chili Bar Run, American River SF, kayaking class III, 19april2008.
Chili Bar Run, American River SF, kayaking class III, 29mar2008.
Chili Bar Run, SF American River, Feb 25, 2006 (III).
Chili Bar Run, SF American River, Feb 12, 2006 (III).

River Recreation Links - American River.

American River SF Recreation & Conservation Directory. Website resources for the SF American River watershed. (Display options - alphabetical 100. Section 1=whitewater, 2=rafting, 3=conservation, 4=fishing, 5=camping-hiking, 6=local-info)

More about:
Using the white water river paddleboating guides - BRT Kayaking.
• Rivers & creeks nearby: American River NF/MF, American River SF, Cosumnes River, Sacramento River Valley Region.
Whitewater River Guides for California.

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