Scheduled Release Days:
Boatable flows can also occur on other days of the week and are not always predictable.
The flow gauge at Chili Bar is maintained by PG&E. Flow information is distributed and stored by CDEC. You can obtain daily flow information in numeric form at CDEC website, but the gauge home page is at Chili Bar Gauge info. If there is no graph visible above, click on this link to a CDEC graph. Convenient flow information for almost all rivers in California and many other western states can be found at Dreamflows.com. You can also call the River Store (530) 626-3435 or the El Dorado County Flow Phone at (530) 621-6616.
Chili Bar Reservoir can only release water that it receives from Slab Creek Reservoir, which is operated by SMUD. At the bottom of the SMUD page is a link to a pop up page with an 8 day and hourly release prediction. PG&E can shape and alter the timing of their release at Chili Bar, but the total volume of the release has to be the same as what comes from Slab Creek. Use the information below to convert the acre feet readings into cfs.
1 cfs = 1.983 acre-feet per day which is close enough to 1 cfs = 2 acre feet per day. 1,000 cfs for 24 hours = 2,000 acre feet per day.
100 acre feet per hour = 1210 cfs for that hour. 50 acre feet per hour = 605 cfs for that hour. 120 acre feet per hour = 1450 cfs.
Bill Center reports that boatable flows are most likely to occur when daily release from Slab Creek is 1,000 acre feet or more and when hourly release is predicted be be higher than 100 acre feet.
|RIVER AT CHILI BAR|
|cdec-CBR||800 - 8000 cfs||III+||01h39m||1234 cfs (running)|
Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.
|American, S. Fork [CA]||Chili Bar||n/a||Matt Muir|
|5y76d11h58m||@American, S. Fork 6. Chili Bar (Route 193 to Coloma) [CA]||SMUD Flow Schedule||n/a||Matthew Henry|
|> 10 years||[CA]||2009-Labor Day Weekend||1600 cfs||Paul Martzen|
|> 10 years||Troublemaker Rapid [CA]||Foot entrapment location below Troublemaker Rapid||1600 cfs||Paul Martzen|
|> 10 years||SF American [CA]||First Threat Smile||1800||John Hefti|
|> 10 years||American, S. Fork [CA]||Troublemaker overview 3||1400 cfs||Paul Martzen|
|> 10 years||SF American: Chili Bar [CA]||No Trouble||1500 cfs||n/a|
|> 10 years||American, S. Fork [CA]||Sean in Double Trouble||1300 cfs||n/a|
|> 10 years||American, S. Fork [CA]||Brandon in 1st Threat||1800 cfs||n/a|
|> 10 years||American, S. Fork [CA]||TroubleMaker IV||1500||Andrew and Dorian Goldstein|
|> 10 years||SF American [CA]||SF American - Triple Threat||1900 CFS||Tim Perry|