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River Management

River Flow - Dam Release ScheduleImage of Whitewater Rafting

Releases Below Chili Bar Dam 2019


Note: SMUD and PG&E supply predictable recreational flows though their FERC License. Click on the heading above to view the current release schedule. 


Water Management Issues:

  • 2019 was officially designated as a Wet water year, and this designation is expected to remain in effect until around February 10, 2020. The above schedule reflects this scenario through the end of February. Note that the schedule after Feb 10 could change in detail, but in any event expect boatable releases every Saturday, and mostly likely every Sunday.
  • Times reflect releases at Chili Bar. It takes approximately two hours for the water to travel from Chili Bar to Coloma, and three hours to Camp Lotus.
  • Releases shown are minimum releases. Actual releases may be higher than shown. In addition, sudden higher or lower (or no) releases may result from emergency mechanical or electrical conditions.
  • Users are urged to use caution and go with a commercial outfitter if inexperienced or untrained.
  • Bring all appropriate personal protective equipment and wear a personal floatation device (PFD) at all times. A Coast Guard rated Type III or V PFD (lifejacket) that is designed for paddle sports is preferable. Type III water skiing vests or horseshoe type vests are not designed or appropriate for class III river trips (whitewater). Look for flotation ratings above 20lbs if you are not a strong swimmer or familiar with swimming in a river
  • High Water Considerations: High Water Considerations.pdf