Gauge Description:

See American, S. Fork Chili Bar (Route 193 to Coloma) for updated Flow Information

Water released at Chili Bar Dam takes about 3-4 hours to reach Greenwood Creek

A 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 below, 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 You can also call the River Store (530) 626-3435 or the El Dorado County Flow Phone at (530) 621-6616.

The release at Chili Bar generally takes around three to four hours to reach Greenwood Creek.


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
cdec-CBR 900 - 10000 cfs III+ 01h32m 1234 cfs (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
900 -10000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III+ gauge is important or has warning

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
2y205d09h01m @American, S. Fork 8. The Gorge (Greenwood Creek to Folsom Reservoir) [CA] South Fork American Trip 1000 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years [CA] SFA-Gorge 1500 cfs Paul Martzen
> 10 years South Fork American [CA] In the Cesspool 1500 Andrew and Dorian Goldstein