The River is Rising, 3-18-15

The river is rising, and New Wave is open for business! It’s been a warm winter, punctuated by big snowstorms. The “new normal”? Well, we don’t mind the big snowstorm part of it. With a temperature of 75 degrees at the river yesterday (March 16), the snowpack is beginning to melt, and the river is rising. As of this evening (March 17), the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande is seeing 818 cubic feet per second (cfs). And this is enough water to run the Taos Box, so we’re hoping to get some calls for trips there. The river should continue to rise until the farmers upstream in Colorado begin to divert water, which lessens the amount of water we see down here in New Mexico. Who knows when that will happen? Still and all, the most predictable high water of the season should occur in the first half of June. Stay tuned.

Herringbone rapid

Herringbone rapid on the Racecourse run, March 11, 2015

Neil's boat approaching Camel Rock

Neil’s boat approaching Camel Rock, on the Taos Box run of the Rio Grande, 2014

Water rises on the Rio Grande river

The Racecourse run, on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

A gaggle of funyakers?

The  monsoon season in New Mexico is causing the Rio Grande river to rise! It’s now above 300 cfs (cubic feet per second), and looks to keep rising, as it continues to rain in Colorado and New Mexico. We’ve seen the Rio Grande quadruple in volume in past years. Come on out!