Map of the South Fork of the American River, showing rapids and access points. Note that the Shuttle will take you to Chili Bar put-in, not the Nugget. (The Nugget is a private access point just upstream from Chili Bar.)
Mile by Mile
0 Put-In: Chili Bar River Access. Fees charged.
0.6 Meatgrinder Class III+
1.3 Racehorse Bend Class III
1.5 Maya Class II-III.
2.0 African Queen Rapid. Class II.
3.1 Triple Threat Rapid Class III.
Miner’s Creek. on river right. is a recommended lunch stop with rest room facilities.
4.4 Indian Creek enters on river left. Beginning of Quiet zone.
5.2 Troublemaker Rapid Class III+.
5.2 American River Resort River Campground. No Public River Access
5.5 Coloma Resort Campground.No Public River Access
5.6 Old Coloma Bridge. Built in 1917.
5.7 Sutter’s’s Mill site.
6.0 Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – North Beach River Access Area. Fees charged. Picnic and rest room facilities. Coloma Shuttle Bus Stop
7.1 Old Scary Class II.
7.4 Highway 49 Bridge River Access. Parking under bridge and in River Park Village Shopping Center is prohibited.
8.0 Henningsen-Lotus County Park River Access (funded by the Dept. of Boating and Waterways). Fees charged. Coloma Shuttle Bus Stop
9.0 Camp Lotus Campground. Fees charged.
9.1 Barking Dog Class II.
10.6 Current Divider Class II+.
11.2 Highway Class II.
11.5 Greenwood Creek on river right. End of the Quiet Zone. Last put in or take out before the gorge section. Coloma Shuttle Bus Stop
12.0 Cable Corner Class II.
12.2 BLM public land on river right is a recommended lunch/camping area with rest room facilities.
12.8 There are several lunch/camping sites (no facilities on BLM public lands between Hastings Creek and mile 13.4.)
15.8 Fowler’s Rock Beginning of the Gorge. Class III-
16.2 Upper Haystack Canyon Class III
16.9 Satan’s Cesspool Class III+
17.0 Deadman’s Drop or Son of Satan’s Class II+
17.6 Lower Haystack Canyon Class II+
17.7 BLM land to mile 18.1
18.1 Weber Creek enters on river left at mile
18.2 Bouncing Rock Class II+
18.6 Hospital Bar Class III
18.7 Recovery Room Class II+
19.4 Surprise Rapid. Class III
20.5 Skunk Hollow/Salmon Falls Bridge take-out on the right bank upstream of the bridge. Parking fees $10.00 per car. Coloma Shuttle Bus Stop