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Difficulty I-II
Length 25 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 24 minutes ago 718 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/20/2020 3:48 pm

River Description

During the Fall/Winter of 2019/2020 the Army Corp. of Engineers and the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife office, completed a river enhancement of fish habitat/ fish ladder, by doing so they have created a play feature in that constriction. As we have tested flows the rapid is quickly becoming a great park and play feature. See the image gallery for pictures and flow rate. A big THANK YOU to NMFG and The Army Corp, along a huge THANK YOU to Ed Lucero who have the vision and the contacts to see this implemented. 

For information, see New Mexico Whitewater, by NM State Parks & Rivers of SW, by

Rapid Descriptions

Abiquiu Wave

Class - II Mile - 1.5
A single play wave accessed at the day use area below Abiquiu dam. Access is best from NM 96, which crosses the dam. 
A short, class I/II float is clear for 1.5 mi downstream before the improved road diverges from the river and becomes rough.


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Ian Lauer
2 days ago

Abiquiu Wave is well formed at 3.5ft, 700 cfs. Water is running a few inches deep over the rock bar. The site is established with bathrooms and day use area. Thanks to all who were involved in getting this established!

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NM Senators Introduce Wild and Scenic River Legislation - Help us thank them!

Kestrel Kunz

We are celebrating a great win today after New Mexico Senators Udall and Heinrich announced the introduction of the M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act. The Act, officially introduced on May 8, would protect over 440 miles of free-flowing rivers and streams in the Gila and San Francisco watersheds. If passed, the Gila and San Francisco Rivers and their tributaries would receive permanent protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act - the strongest protection a river can receive. While the Gila legislation gives flexibility to existing uses and landowners, the free-flowing nature and outstanding values of these rivers and streams would be protected now and for future generations to enjoy. The main stem Gila and San Francisco Rivers offer some of the most remote and wild paddling opportunities in New Mexico and have been explored and loved by paddlers for decades. Please help us thank the Senators for their commitment to protect these rivers by filling out this super easy form! 


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