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Difficulty III-IV
Length 75 Miles
Flow Range 5.00 - 14.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 12 hours ago 3.25 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2017 3:49 am

River Description

A brief description of this reach and other NM streams can be accessed at
In this region, N. Canadian River cuts a canyon above and through the Canadian Escarpment. Typical semi-arid surroundings.
Accesses are available near Taylor Springs off of US Highway 52, Mills Canyon Rd, NM Rt 102, NM Rt 419 and Conchas Lake. 
From Google Earth, distance from Taylor Springs to bridge on Mills Canyon Rd (N 36 02' 40.64" W104 22' 15.71") is approximately 33 miles with an average drop of  17 fpm. Maps indicate existence of a campsite near bridge.
From Google Earth, distance from Mills Canyon Rd to NM Rt 102 bridge (N 35 54' 56.54" W 104 20' 57.63") is approximately 17 miles or 50 miles from Taylor Springs. The average drop per mile between Mills Canyon Road and NM Rt 102 is 12 fpm.
From Google Earth, distance from NM Rt 102 bridge to NM Rt 412 bridge (N 35 39' 20.43" W 104 22' 32.10") is approximately 36 miles. The average drop from NM Rt 102 to NM Rt 412 is approximately 12 fpm. Between the NM Rt 102 bridge and the NM Rt 412 bridge, the N. Canadian River drops through the Canadian Escarpment. Intermediate access is available just north of Sabinoso, which will shorten the trip to 29-30 miles.  

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

USGS Gage 07211500 located near Taylor Springs should be an accurate indicator of flows for boating this reach. However, no data are available at present  to correlate gage readings with floating opportunities.


The gage 07211500 has been operating since 1939. Long term data shows a monthly average flow of 230 cfs in May, indicating that May is the most likely time to float this reach. Monthly average flows in April and June are about half that of the mean for May, indicating a short season. Monthly means in exess of 2,000 cfs have been reported in the spring months since 1939.

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Gila National Forest Releases New Draft Plan, First in 34 Years (NM)

Kestrel Kunz

For the first time in 34 years, the Gila National Forest is revising their forest-wide Management Plan. On Friday, January 17 they officially released the Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIS) for a 90-day comment period ending on April 16. Forest Plans are vitally important as they are the blueprint for resource management and they provide an opportunity to secure better protections for rivers and their surrounding landscapes. As part of the plan revision process, the Forest Service is required to rely heavily on public input to inform management direction, plan components, and new designated areas. Read more for a complete schedule of Public Meetings that are happening this week! 


Kestrel Kunz


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1208077 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz
1191000 11/19/08 n/a n/a