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Difficulty II-III
Length 7 Miles
Gauge RIO CHAMA ABOVE ABIQUIU RESERVOIR, NM
Flow Range 200 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 562 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2017 4:19 am

River Description


Put in below the Monastary or alternately at Skull Bridge. The majority of play and rapids come after Skull Bridge. Shortly after the Bridge watch for the river to split, stay left and enjoy the nice wave where the river comes back together again.
Flows around 500-800cfs are pretty good. Begins flowing in early to mid March. After July watch for releases on Friday through Monday, usually in the 800-1000cfs range.

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Gage Descriptions

Gauge is at the end of one of the best sections of rapids on the run, "Gauging Station Rapid".

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We Need your Help to Protect Paddlers’ Access to New Mexico Rivers and Streams

7/7/2020
Kestrel Kunz

Rivers once promoted by the New Mexico State Parks Division in their publication “New Mexico Whitewater - A Guide to River Trips” are now being blocked by private landowners with barricades, cables and No Trespassing signs. This includes upper Chama and Pecos river segments. Privatizers have filed additional applications that would close several other river segments in New Mexico, and their lawyers are threatening an “immense wave” of constitutional “litigation” in the event that “any action by the Court, the Legislature, the Department, or the Commission… restrict[s] landowners’ rights to prevent the public from using their streambeds underlying public waters.” American Whitewater has been working with our local partners in New Mexico to ensure that this new Rule is rescinded. We need your support to win this battle. If you’re in a position to contribute, doing so will help us with legal expenses for our partners and outreach.

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

5/12/2020
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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Kestrel Kunz

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192954 12/09/00 Mark Blakemore n/a
1208098 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz