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

Placerville, United States

From $137.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket


Get out rafting on the South Fork American River today, and see some Class III whitewater as you navigate the Chili Bar. You’ll go through the Meat-Grinder, Triple Threat, and Troublemaker sections, and then pass the historical town of Coloma where gold was first discovered. You’ll also stop for lunch at Marshall Gold Discovery sTate Park at the end to refuel and relax.
  • Meet your guide in Placerville at the designated spot
  • Plan on around 6 hours for this adventure
  • All safety gear is included
  • Ages 7-85 can participate

What's Included

  • Price includes PFD, Helmet, lunch and transportation from meeting place.
  • Lunch
  • Wetsuits and splash jackets available when needed
  • Price does not include any photography offered by 3rd parties

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 2978 Mosquito Rd
    2978 Mosquito Rd, Placerville, CA 95667, USA

    For rafting on the South Fork American River, Chile Bar Run we meet our guests in Placerville. From here we load into our vans and travel 10 minutes to the river. Once the rafting is over, we drive you back to Placerville returning you to your vehicles at the meeting location.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 4 people is required to run the tour. If your group is smaller than this number we will need to add you to an existing trip.
  • 7 years old is minimum age.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Weight limit of 250 lbs per person
  • What to Wear:
  • We ask that all guests dress to get wet! We recommend beach apparel: bathing suit, t-shirt, shorts. Quick drying, non-cotton clothes are preferred. You need to wear shoes that securely strap or tie to your feet: tennis shoes, water shoes, or river sandals (NO flip flops).
  • During Spring, Fall, or cold weather trips we may provide wet suits and splash gear. Its recommended for you to also bring along a warm layer. Fleece, polypropylene, wool, and Under Armor are all good options.
  • Open the link below for Trip Planning:
  • If anyone in your group is over 250lbs please contact our office.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
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Splendid day on the South Fork American River
Alexander_B, Jul 2022
Clayton, our guide, was extremely friendly, upbeat, engaging, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. My party of four had a really great time on the water, and the lunch prepared for us was quite nice. I'd recommend Tahoe Whitewater Rafting to anyone looking for a fun group activity, and a great way to beat the summer heat to boot!
Awesome rafting experience!
Berit_L, Jul 2022
We had a great time rafting! Clayton was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide who made the time on the river fly by way too fast. He also prepared a yummy lunch for us. A great way for my daughter (15) and I to spend a nice summer day!