Then we’ll do a few quick safety laps, so you’re ready to hit the rapids! During the high water season, under your wetsuit you should wear swimwear or insulated synthetic winter underwear (No COTTON) on cold spring days. COVID-19 Awareness: We are currently requiring all guests to wear face coverings when in van and bus transportation to and from the river. Trip meets at River Park Resort at 9:00AM: Please arrive on time, 9:00AM - Trip check in begins. Check out may vary depending on the needs of the group and the river level but is usually 4pm. On cold days, wear rental wetsuit booties for extra warmth. Intermediate Level; 9 Miles of Fun! Beginning just outside of the town of Placerville, this run offers 9 miles of whitewater excitement. Lunch Included, Riverside camping available. It was a great experience! When is the best time of the year to raft the South Fork American River? Call us to discuss your particular needs and desires for your river rafting experience! Within 1 mile, we'll be running a long, technical rapid known as "Meatgrinder". The head guide will deliver a short safety briefing to the whole group before we assign a guide for each raft. This is not an area for beginners. We’ll keep heading down river through more Class III rapids until we get to the South Fork’s infamous Troublemaker! Deposit is required to rent equipment. If you are looking to try your first rafting trip or if you are a rafting pro, then you can't go wrong with the Upper Chili Bar to Lotus section of the South Fork American! When we arrive, we’ll set you up with your helmet, paddle and personal flotation device. expensive clothes or shoes, jewelry, non-waterproof cameras or other items) with you on the raft as they may get wet or lost. This 9 mile rafting adventure throws you into the whitewater immediately! Lotus, CA / Half Day / Medium Spice: Intermediate (Class III) Trip Time: 8:00am - noon; Trip Length: 11 miles; Non-Swimmers Welcome; Meals: Not included ; Camping: Available ; PRICING. Within 1 mile, we'll be running a long, technical rapid known as "Meatgrinder". Please do not come rafting if you at a high risk of developing severe symptoms of Covid-19. The last Big Rapid of the trip is the grand daddy of them all... "Troublemaker". Please have your river attire on when you arrive as there are no dressing rooms at our meeting area. American River One Day Rafting Adventure Chili Bar (class III) Available March 1st through to September 30th “ Raft California’s most popular river ” “ There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ” — Kenneth Graham, The Wind in the Willows. If so, the morning Half Day Chili Bar Run on the South Fork of the American River is the perfect trip for you. Get ready to smash it and don’t forget to smile for the photographer! Sundays are usually less crowded than Saturdays. Regarded by many as the highlight of the trip, "Troublemaker" is your chance for excitement, so make sure you are smiling through this rapid for some great photo opportunities! The Chili Bar section of the South Fork American River is an excellent Class 3 run with over 10 major rapids. Plus you can even swim in the smaller rapids! I've been multiple times with them, and have always come away smiling and looking forward to the next trip... Upper South Fork American River: Chili Bar, 3-4 Hours / 11 Miles on Class III+ Rapids, Raft • Paddle • Personal Flotation Device • Snacks • Drinks • Transportation from River’s Bend to Rafting Start Point, Bathing Suit/Shorts • T-shirt • Old Tennis Shoes (no flip flops) -, Sun Protection • Dry Clothes & Shoes • Towel • Plastic Bag • Water -, We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Deric our guide was great...highly recommend it for fun, team building and adventure... We had never done it and wasn't sure what to expect. Then we’ll jump on the bus and drive you to the launch area just below Chili Bar Dam (about 20 minutes). Finally we’ll float through the town of Coloma on our way back to Camp Lotus. What to Expect on Your Chili Bar Rafting Adventure We’ll meet up at River’s Bend at 8:30am sharp and start by getting all the waivers signed. Then we’ll jump on the bus and drive you to the launch area just below Chili Bar Dam (about 20 minutes). Ride the Coloma Shuttle! All Rights Reserved. Although a tip is not expected, if you feel your guide has done an exceptional job or gone that extra step to make your trip more enjoyable and memorable, then a tip is a very nice way to show your appreciation. The flows on the South Fork American River are the most dependable in the state, with guaranteed recreational releases for the next 50 years. The early season, April-May, has great whitewater, while July-October still has plenty of action due to dam-released water. The last Big Rapid of the trip is the grand daddy of them all... "Troublemaker". We’ll keep heading down river through more Class III rapids until we get to the South Fork’s infamous Troublemaker! The Chili Bar section of the South Fork American River is an excellent Class 3 run with over 10 major rapids. Nearly fifty commercial outfitters utilize the downstream flow throughout the year and based on a recent economic study, this generates approximately $20,000,000 in annual income for the region.