From Louisiana & didn't know who to choose but decided on American River Rec. We had only been white water rafting once before: Kananaskis River, Alberta, CA. Chose the Chili Bar Run on South American River. It was a morning run and as we drove to campground we passed over the river & it looked low. Was a little nervous but it proved ok. The daily water release upriver hadn't happened yet but by the time they drove us in their bus to the drop off point, the river had risen and everything was ok. Our guide was Robbie & he was extremely nice and safety conscience and we had a great time. My 3 girls and I enjoyed the trip & the rapids were fun. There were class II & class III rapids. I noticed that Robbie even helped hold onto my youngest during the stronger rapids to ensure safety. The water was cold but didn't stop one of our raft mates from jumping in. At Trouble Maker Falls is where the official photographers sit to take pictures on Chili Bar Run. The time on the water was somewhere around 2 hours or so. The official pictures are done by a third party & you have to go to their location to purchase a disc. It cost around $50 but you can get a discount to reduce it. My girls want to raft again. Visited 7-22-13.
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