Rio Chama - 02. Chama to Los Ojos


Rio Chama, New Mexico, US

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02. Chama to Los Ojos (Town run)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
RIO CHAMA NEAR LA PUENTE, NM
usgs-08284100 200 - 2000 cfs I-II 00h36m 37 cfs (too low)


River Description

WARNING! A PADDLER HAS RECENTLY (May 2003) STATED THAT THERE ARE 8 NEW BARBED WIRE FENCES ACROSS THIS STRETCH OF RIVER. PADDLE WITH CAUTION!

This is a pretty run, from the 64/84 bridge just south of Chama to the NM 95 bridge near Tierra Amarilla. There is an alternate takeout at the Fisherman's Access a few miles south of Chama on the west side of 64/84. Don't expect too much play although there are a couple of spots. This is mostly a float trip. The best play spot is a nice wave train that forms around 400cfs just north of the NM 95 bridge (visible from the road). It is possible to park at the bridge and walk 100-200 yards upstream to surf and play.
We ran into a fence across the river one year but it was easily negotiable and was gone the next year.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-15 04:05:40

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 4 2016 (504 days ago)
issip2 (156201)
My apologies, I beleive I left a comment here that I intended for the Los Ojos to Elvado section
https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1219/ I have never run from Chama to Los
Ojos and obviously can't speak to any hazards that may be present in that section.
April 20 2003 (5267 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
There is a report of several barbed-wire fences along this section. "We floated his pretty
description this week and there are eight barbed wire fences along that entire 15 mile section. It
is extremely dangerous with no signs posted. The wire fences are hard to see and one turned over
our raft."
Please be very wary of this reach until it is known that the fences have been removed; in fact, be
wary of this reach, period! As the Disclaimer notes, "All information on these and associated
pages, including (but not limited to) descriptions of rapids, levels, directions, and weather, is
subject to change without notice." Take heed and pursue this reach with due caution!


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