South Fork American River: Chili Bar
(Class III+ Whitewater)

• Best Rafting From South Lake Tahoe 
• Continuous rapids throughout entire trip •
• Great introductory river • 
• Scenic golden foothills of California •
• Swimming opportunities •
• Historical California Gold Rush •
• Delicious lunch •

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The South Fork – American River (Chili Bar)

Action awaits on this historical trip through one of California’s most popular waterways! Beginning just outside of the town of Placerville, this run offers 9 miles of whitewater excitement. Travel through the golden foot hills of the Western Sierra Nevada mountains as warm sun rays envelope your senses. Splashes of cool mountain water invigorate and awaken as you float through one of California’s most historical areas. In 1848 the South Fork of the American River changed the world when gold was first discovered in the stream bed. The California Gold Rush was born creating the largest human migration for a single purpose since the crusades. Today folks are still attracted to the region, not for its gold but for its whitewater. This trip starts off with one of the biggest rapids, “Meat Grinder” in an exciting introduction. Fun filled class II’s and III’s continue throughout the day with something new around each bend. Halfway down our guides prepare a rejuvenating lunch allowing time to relax and sun bath on shore as the sound of the river fills the canyon. Rapids continue after lunch leading to an exciting Class III drop, “Trouble Maker” near the end of your trip. Here your guides will entertain you with stories as the boats float by the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Join us on an extraordinary adventure for all on our South Fork American- Chili Bar run. With beautiful foothill scenery, fun splashy rapids, all in an area rich in history, this river is the perfect escape on a hot summer day.

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Class: II-III

  • 7 Years and above recommended
  • Everyone paddles
  • Everyone should be in good physical shape (weight limit 250 lbs.)
  • No experience necessary

Times: 9:00 am in South Lake Tahoe, or 10:20am in Placerville
Meeting Locations:
Blue Zone Sports at the Y in South Lake Tahoe:
– 2011 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, (9:00am)
or meet us closer to the river in Placerville:
– 2979 Mosquito Rd, Placerville, CA,  (10:20am)
Available: April – September
Length: 9 Miles, 6.5 hours
Maximum Passengers: 7 passengers Per Boat. Occasionally Maximum 9 Passengers, Plus A Guide. Ask For Details.
Available Trip Dates:  Everyday all summer long!

Price: $135.00 per adult and $125.00 per child 12 or younger. Includes lunch, transportation, equipment, and guided trip. Discounts for groups of 12 or more

Getting Here

Meet us at BLUE ZONE SPORTS, located at the Y intersection where Hwy 89 and Hwy 50 meet in South Lake Tahoe. 

Address:  2011 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150. (9:00am)
Alternate Meeting Location: 
2979 Mosquito Rd, Placerville, CA 95667. (10:20am)

If needing to pick up any rafting or sporting goods, stop in to Blue Zone Sports prior to the rafting trip to pick up any rafting gear you need. 

Quick Itinerary

9:00am– Meet in South Lake Tahoe
– The South Fork American River Chile Bar trip begins just outside of Placerville, about 1 hour 20 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe. 
– If you’d like to drive yourself to Placerville rather than meet us in South Lake Tahoe, you may meet us at: 2979 Mosquito Rd, Placerville, CA,  (10:20am)

10:45am- 3:00pm (roughly)- Enjoying the day out on the river.

4:30pm- 5:00pm– Back to South Lake Tahoe. 

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