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South Fork American 1/2 Day PM Gorge Run

North Fork American River is a GO this Spring

50% Off Kids on Weekdays

South Fork American River – ½ Day AM Chili Bar Rafting Trip

Lotus, CA /

Monday – Thursday

Adults (14+) $99
Kids $99 Half Off! $49

Friday – Sunday

Adults (14+) $119
Kids $109

Fun Half Day Morning Trip!

The morning Chili Bar white water rafting trip on the South Fork American River is a favorite for first timers and return rafters! This is suitable for non-swimmers at regular summer flows. Kids are welcome, we suggest a min. age of 8 years old and up for first time rafters.

The action starts right off the bat with challenging rapids like Meatgrinder and Triple Threat. The fun continues for 7 miles ending with the big Class 3+ Troublemaker. Immediately following we float thru the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, a historic park designating the location of the first gold discovered in the rivers, igniting the California Gold Rush!

We continue down at a mellower rate with some fun Class 2 rapids like Old Scary and Barking Dog. The trip ends back at the same camp where we met you.

This is a popular trip for folks traveling to/from the Lake Tahoe & Reno areas.


Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or rafting companies operating under Permits from the County of El Dorado.

  • Fun and exciting rapids
  • Shorter 1/2 day morning trip
  • Great for families & groups!
  • Camping available!
  • Close to San Francisco, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe
  • Meet 8:00 a.m. @ our South Fork American River Camp
  • We gather at the check in area & load our shuttle to the put in location
  • At put in your guides will provide you with an orientation and safety information and gear
  • We launch our boats, practice paddling skills with our guides, and head for great rapids
  • Encounter exciting Class 3 rapids such as Meatgrinder, Race Horse Bend, Triple Threat, and Troublemaker for the first 7 miles
  • Relax as we meander thru a few miles of Class 2 rapids past the Marshall Gold Discovery Park and back to camp
  • Our trip concludes back at camp around 1:00pm.

You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch with you and enjoy that at our riverside camp, we have lots of picnic tables!

Put in: @ Chili Bar (the top)

Take Out: Raft California Campground (mid river, just after Barking Dog Rapid II)

  • Kids ages 7-8 and up
  • non-swimmers
  • great for groups

Included with this trip:

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Shuttle to the put in (trip ends at our camp where your vehicles are parked)

Required Items:

  • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle (filled with ice water)
  • shoes (no flip flops)


Suggested Items:

  • sunglasses (with a strap)
  • baseball hat
  • Cell Phone (at your risk, it will sink)



  • Wallets
  • Expensive jewelry
  • Pets


Meeting Location: Raft California South Fork American River Campground – 6500 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651

Truckee Trips end August 1st

Don't worry, We're not gonna do what everyboy thinks we're gonna do and freak out man... All we wanna know is, who's coming with us... to the American river that is.