Chama- Sunday Flows? - Mountain Buzz

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Old 04-23-2013   #1
Buena Vista, Colorado
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Chama- Sunday Flows?

I am planning on doing a trip on the Chama the first week of May. I know that they are planning to release 500cfs on Friday and Saturday. What is the flow like on Sunday? Does it immediatley drop back down to 300ish or does it slowly drop? I am hoping that Sunday we will have ok flow to finish the last 10 or so miles. Anybody have any advice? Thank You!

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Old 04-23-2013   #2
San Antonio, Texas
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In prior years, the flow was sufficient through Sunday afternoon.
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Old 04-23-2013   #3
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It'll be fine...
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Old 04-25-2013   #4
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I´m a newbie to the Chama. What would be the mínimum flow for a 14´ raft below Vado?
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Old 04-25-2013   #5
Corrales, New Mexico
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Rio Chama 650cfs Pre Permit Week-End

Good to go for a Wild and Scenic pre permit week-end. Min is 450-550.
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Old 04-25-2013   #6
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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They usually drop the flows on Sunday at noon, but since its about 32 miles to the Big Eddy take-out, it would take several hours before it reaches that far. There are also several take-outs the last 8 miles or so that could be used in a pinch if necessary, but we've boated well into the afternoon on Sunday's before and never noticed it dropping. You should be OK. I've also run it as low as 450cfs in a 14' cat, but recommend 600cfs or more....
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