Reclamation is beginning a storage operation to get 40,000 acre feet into storage for the irrigation season. I calculate that this will soon mean the boat ramp is a reasonable takeout (at winter, 2018 levels it was a bit of a hike to a locked gate!).
FYI: In the near future (2020-2022) El Vado may be drained entirely for a "Corrective Action", that may last 2 years. Check this link: https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsre...RecordID=63286
The runnability of the Wild and Scenic section below the dam will be an issue during the construction period, as inflows will be passed. I expect that summer weekend releases will be arranged. But boater participation in scoping the repair project could l help ensure minimal disruption.
I'd urge Chama afficianados to call the Bureau 505-462-3576 and get on the mailing list to provide input into this project and receive updates. Or call Chama Flow Project 575-751-1269 to discuss.