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Difficulty III-IV
Length 6 Miles
Flow Range 500 - 900 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 59 minutes ago 72.1 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2017 3:53 am

River Description

This run is very much a "creek" run in its character.   Though most local boaters consider this a class 3 or 4 run,  it is a shallow, fast, and continuous with small eddys and almost no flatwater.    The run is also rocky and most recommend the use of a creek boat to be safer from pins.    If you swim in this creek it is going to be bumpy and bruises and cuts often occur.   This run is also subject to falling trees and has blind corners that should be scouted to avoid paddling into a surprise strainer.   During the winter of 2007 several big trees fell across the river causing dangerous strainers.   2 of the three of these have been removed by local boaters.    As of 2008 there is a river wide strainer just below the bridge to the monestary with the white statue on river left approximately 1/2 mile above the Soda Dam take out.  Either portage or just take out here because the good part of the run is over by this point.   The best eddy is usually below the bridge on river left.   


This run includes several river islands that split the river and each side is lined tightly with overhanging sweeper willows.   These can collect washed down strainers and it varies from year to year as to which side or both are runnable.   In the past few seasons the best path on the last Island has been  river right underneath the prayer flags that are strung across the river.    A significant portion of this creek runs though private land so be courteous to the locals.   I have had so far nothing but positive experineces with local homeowners and fisherman.   It's a good idea if you encouter local fisherman, to ask if they know of any new trees down across the river.  


For all the negatives this run is extremely fun and the shuttle is easy and fast to set up.  If you judge it only by the small areas you can see from the road you are really missing all the good stuff in this run.     The run changes character a lot from the brushy islands to rocky boulder gardens and sweeping corners.    This almost always the first creek that runs in NM on any given year.   It's a good fun warmup for the experienced and a step up challenge for those who have learned on the Rio Grande Race Course run below 1000 cfs.  



Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The online gauge gives flows after the confluence of the Rio Guadalupe and the Jemez.   Therefore the online guage is not the cfs that is in the run below Battleship rock.   There is a visual guage below Battleship rock that shows the actual flow in this run.  

Normally the Jemez runs first somtime from mid March to Mid April.   Often it flows for only a few days to a week.    Later the flow from the Rio Guadalupe takes over and most of the flow is not in the Jemez run.    It is quite possible in April to show 500 to 900 cfs on the online guage and there is not a runnable level in the Jemez.   


Below are my notes for the visual and online guages.



Notes from 2005 season:

April 9       Online guage 350 cfs  Visual  guage 2.4 ft

April 15th  Online guage 550 cfs  Visual guage 2.9 ft

April 16th  Online guage 700 cfs  Visual guage 3.2 ft

April 26th  Online guage 520 cfs  Visual guage 2.4 ft


Notes from 2007 season:

Mar 17th  Visual 2.6 ft

Mar  18th Visual 3.1 ft

Mar 29th  Visual 2.9 ft


Notes from 2008 season

Mar 28th  Online guage 550 cfs  Visual guage 3.2 ft  1620 hrs

Mar 29th  Online guage 500 cfs  Visual guage 3.1 ft  1600 hrs


Run is very good from 2.9 ft to 3.2 ft.  



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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


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1208084 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz
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