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Middle Box Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Gila River


Middle Box Info
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Put In:  USFS Road 809
Take Out:  Redrock
Difficulty:  Class III
Gradient:  18 ft/mi
Run Length:  18 miles
Current Streamflow:  69 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:00 AM - GILA RIVER NEAR GILA, NM, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  100 to 600 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April
Primary Season:  Variable and hard to predict
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Perhaps the most challenging section of the Gila River, the Middle Box offers Class III whitewater (Class IV above 500 cfs) through isolated, scenic canyon.
Hazards:  Possible strainers and log hazards
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed National Forest and private
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Sites available but limited in the last few miles.
Location:  In the Canyon Country (NM), 360 miles Southwest of Santa Fe
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From US 180 just south of Cliff, New Mexico, turn south onto USFS Road 809 and proceed down the east bank some 6 miles to the Gila National Forest boundry and put-in on the left bank near the end of the road.

Take-out: From US 70, take NM 464 north to the bridge north of the town of Redrock, New Mexico


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Farmington New Mexico


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Canyon Country Kayak Clubs
  • Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico