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South Fork American River: Chili Bar

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Adult Ages 13+
Child Ages 7-12

Experience a Historical Adventure Rafting on the South Fork American River in CA!

Times: 8:00am in Pilot Hill
Meeting Locations:– 4531 Salmon Falls Road, Pilot Hill Ca 95664

Available: April – September
Length: 9 Miles, 2.5 hours
Maximum Passengers: 6 passengers typically per boat.
Up to 8 Passengers, plus a guide in our larger rafts. Ask For Details.
Available Trip Dates: Everyday all summer long!

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. Rapids continue leading to an exciting Class III drop, “Trouble Maker” to finish the whitewater action on and allowing for a wonderful float through calm pools. 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- Chile 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.