South Fork American - Full River Overview

By: Beyond Limits Adventures  11-11-2011

The Full RiverOne Day trip is a great choice for whitewater rafters looking to get the maximum rafting experience in a one day trip. This river trip is ideal for rugged paddlers. These trips meet at 9:00AM at River park resort and cover both the upper and lower sections in one 7 hour day.

The Upper Chili Bar section is a good solid Class 3 run with over 10 major rapids. Its course will take you through the small mining town of Coloma, where James Marshall first discovered gold at Sutters Mill and changed the course of California history. Calm sections are interspersed with wonderfully fun rapids and the excitement comes to a head towards the end of this 8 mile run with a major rapid known as "Troublemaker".

Lunch is served at River Park Resort which is almost the halfway point of the trip.

After lunch we run a 4 mile section of easy water known as the "Lotus Run". "Barking Dog Rapid" is a good place to watch expert kayaks testing their wave riding skills. The famous "gorge section" of the South Fork is the grande finale to this fabulous rafting trip. In the gorge you will try surfing, rock splats and ramps, if your guide feels you still have the strength for it! Hospital Rock is a great place to "ride the bull" and a nice way to end your trip.

This river is excellent for either the veteran or adventurous novices. The flows on the South Fork American River are the most dependable in the state, with guaranteed recreational releases for the next 50 years.

Driving Directions to River Park Resort: Our meeting place for all South Fork American River trips.

Coloma is located between Placerville and Auburn on highway 49. Driving time 2.5 hours from SF, 8 hours from LA. There are several other rafting companies in Coloma so make sure you follow the directions below to our camp at River Park Resort. If you get lost or you are running late please call us directly at River Park Resort - 530-622-0553

Driving from Sacramento: Take highway 50 east from Sacramento to the Ponderosa Road/ Shingle Springs exit - EXIT NUMBER 37. (You will be following signs to Coloma). At the end of the ramp, turn left, and go over the highway. There are two stoplights immediately after the overpass, take a right turn at the second stop light (North Shingle Road). Take North Shingle Road approx. 4 miles until it becomes Lotus Road. Take Lotus road until it stops at highway 49, turn left. Go over bridge and turn left on River Park Dr., there is a left-hand turning lane just after the bridge. There is also a Pizza place and Lotus Arts Studio here. Follow River Park drive to the left and into our resort. Our Resort is marked by a large brown "River Park Resort" and "Beyond Limits Adventures" sign.

Driving from South shore Lake Tahoe: Take highway 50 west until Placerville. Take the highway 49 (Spring Street) exit, right, off of highway. Follow highway 49 north until you reach Coloma. At the left hand turning lane just past the highway 49 bridge over the river, turn left onto River Park Drive. There is a Pizza place and Lotus arts Studio here. Follow River Park Drive into our resort - River Park Resort.

Driving from Reno or North Lake Tahoe: Take highway 80 west to Auburn. Take highway 49 south about 25 minutes to Coloma. This is a windy Road so take your time and closely follow the highway 49 signs so you stay on course. Just before you cross the main bridge over the river in Coloma turn right onto River Park Drive. Follow this into our resort - River Park Resort.

Driving from San Francisco Bay Area: Take I-80 East to Sacramento, take highway 50 east and follow the directions from Sacramento above.

Driving from Los Angeles or San Diego: Take I-5 North to Sacramento, take highway 50 east and follow the direction from Sacramento above.

Please arrive on time for your trip:

It is a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before your trip departure time to allow yourself time to check-in, use our restrooms and change into your river attire. Each trip has a designated departure time, make sure you know the time and plan to arrive before it. It is better to be early than late. We do not hold up trips for late arrivers.


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11-11-2011

South Fork American - 1/2 Day Trip - Chili Bar Overview

Calm sections are interspersed with wonderfully fun rapids and the excitement comes to a head towards the end of this 8 mile run with a major rapid known as "Troublemaker". Its course will take you through the small mining town of Coloma, where James Marshall first discovered gold at Sutters Mill and changed the course of California history.