Rio Chama - 05. Abiquiu Dam to confluence with Rio Grande


Rio Chama, New Mexico, US

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05. Abiquiu Dam to confluence with Rio Grande

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 25 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
RIO CHAMA BELOW ABIQUIU DAM, NM
usgs-08287000 200 - 3000 cfs I-II 00h33m 817 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.


River Description

For information, see New Mexico Whitewater, by NM State Parks & Rivers of SW, by
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-15 04:40:14

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 12 2009 (3084 days ago)
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This run sucks. The best put in is immediately below the dam, right next to the signs that say "NO
ACTIVITY HERE" in big letters. We did and nobody bothered us. There is a small rock dam about 500
yds downstream, followed by a low head dam/gaging station, GO RIGHT for the boaters chute. Just
below this is a SOLID fence (read: large, square blocks with fencing both inside and between each
other) that is strung across the river, portage right. The river wanders around for a 1/4 of a
mile- go left in the split for some class II- and then it pours over a scary river-wide rock dam
that diverts water off to a canal on river left. Below here there is maybe a quarter mile of spaced
out class II+, another large split, and then that's it for the "canyon", the river then meanders
through the open fields for the remainder of the run. There are a couple of small class II's in
this stretch, a good amount of fast, moving water, and one smaller irrigation drop before you cross
the road, takeout on the RIVER RIGHT side of the US 84 bridge. This is a fishermen-heavy stretch,
so expect some hostility if you see any of them. All in all, save your energy and go run the Rio
Ojo Caliente, the Rio Chama, or the Rio Grande, as this is one star at best!


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