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Old 12-08-2009   #1
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chama process

when do you want to run the 31 mile stretch of the chama? easy enough permit if you do the weekend lottery? doing a trip w/ kids.

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Old 12-09-2009   #2
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Youíll find several past discussions about the Chama.

Iíve enjoyed April and September trips outside the lottery season, but there isnít always water.

I got a late July weekend the last time I entered the lottery. Big scattered thunderstorms were around that trip and some flash flooding.

People have griped about not being successful in the lottery so it must be competitive.
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Old 12-10-2009   #3
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Sweet run for the kids. Not a very big riverbed, so you want to shoot for peak IMO just to limit raft abuse. We had good flow (bankful, I think around 900cfs), could have easily taken more and it would still be a super friendly kid trip. Good river for novice kayakers. Non powerful with very well formed eddies and currents. Awesome hot springs. I scored a trip here with a group of friends, some of which had been trying to get on a trip for 7 years so I believe the lottery is fairly competitive.
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Old 12-11-2009   #4
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Were are the hot springs located along the Chana. I do remember z warm spring across the bank from an old cabin remains.
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