In order to continue to support paddlers in New Mexico, the ACA is expanding the successful State Director Program and are calling for volunteers who are interested in improving all aspects of paddlesports in New Mexico. To learn more about the State Director program, please visit: or contact Christine Mollo Patun.

Through the State Director program, the ACA has provided support for the Adobe Whitewater Club to conduct pool sessions in Albuquerque, supported us on multiple river access protection issues including supporting protection of the Gila and river access, helped us to provide ACA Kayak Instructor Certification at a heavily discounted rate to promote kayak education and execution of our clinics, financial funding to improve relationships and river access at the Bernalillo Campground, among others.

The Adobe Whitewater Club of NM is proud to announce that we have joined the New Mexico Stream Access Coalition! The American Canoe Association (ACA) has also joined in supporting the NMSAC.

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State Director Executive Council positions available in each state:
– State Director
– Deputy Director
– Secretary/Treasurer
– Education Director
– Stewardship Director
– Competition Director
– Public Policy Liaison
– Youth Coordinator

Nomination & Election Timeline:
– November 2, 2016 – nominations for all Executive Council positions opens online
– November 28 – nomination submission deadline
– January 5, 2017 – elections open in each State
– January 18 – elections close

To make a nomination, please visit:


The New Mexico Stream Access Coalition’s Mission and Goal


Our mission is to secure and maintain public access to the lawful use of New Mexico’s public waters and streambeds.


To restore and enforce the right of the public to access public waters as recognized by the New Mexico Constitution, the Public Trust doctrine, and long-standing New Mexico Supreme Court jurisprudence.

 Go to their web site to learn more about the NMSAC and to support their efforts: NMSAC

The American Canoe Association (ACA) has also joined with the AWC in supporting the NMSAC’s efforts.

Upcoming Events

Pool sessions at the JCC for 2016 have ended.

The final Thursday evening pool session at the JCC took place on September 1st, 2016.

Participation has waned as the evenings get cooler, so the AWC has ended the pool sessions until next spring.  We thank the JCC for allowing us to use their wonderful facility.

Members looking to continue to utilize pool sessions are reminded that their are other opportunities, such as the Saturday morning sessions at the Rio Rancho pool.  Information about those sessions are available here: Rio Rancho pool session information


AWC Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
 Stan Mortimer will be presenting on:
 – Canoeing tripping in Ontario 1969-1973 – discussion on trips, equipment, environment.
– How these 40 year old lessons apply to Boundary Waters canoe trips, 2012-2014

AWC Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Boating in Thailand w/ 8Adventures and Eric Southwick (former 2-time Kayak Freestyle world champion, AWC Member,  and Albuquerque native!!!)

Presented by Celia Southwick and Betsy Butler.
Challenging and fun adventures out of northern Thailand on the Maetang River and surrounding areas.
This is near ChiangMai along with lots of cultural opportunities and things to do.
Emphasis will be on safety, concerns, and FUN plus much more
A cultural experience on a river not unlike the Rio Grande Box and the Race Course! Oh Yeah!

Hope to see you there – bring a friend.

AWC Clinics – June 25 – June 26 2016

The Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico Summer clinics and potluck will be held on the weekend of June 25 at the Taos Junction Bridge near Pilar (directions are below.)

Saturday, June 25th starting at 9:00am, we will have beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, and kids kayaking clinics, plus a canoe clinic, all led by ACA certified instructors. The beginner kayak, canoe and the kid’s clinics will be held on the State Park section of the river. The intermediate clinics will be conducted on the Race Course.

Saturday evening after the clinics (around 6:00pm) we will have a potluck dinner at the Taos Junction Bridge Campground Pavilion. These cook outs are great fun – even if you don’t attend the clinics, come out for an evening of socializing, meeting other boaters, and enjoying the sound of the river! Bring your favorite meal to share, your own beverages and serving utensils. While there are tables and seating at the pavilion, you may wish to bring your own. There is a fireplace there so bring a little firewood if you have it. (Camping is free at the Taos Junction Bridge campground Friday and Saturday nights for AWC members.)

Sunday we encourage everyone to hit the river for a paddle. AWC will not formally be organizing any paddles, so it will be up to people in the community to network and organize among themselves.

AWC is providing free camping to AWC members Friday and Saturday nights at the Taos Junction Bridge campground. We have reserved the area around the pavilion and on the shelf below. Camping or parking at individual campsites is not included and requires a separate site fee. The TJB camp area has potable water and flush toilets. The Rio Bravo campsite located just down the road has coin operated hot showers and a utility sink for washing dishes that you can also use.

The clinics have been fully booked the past several years so pre-registration is required. Please email to reserve a spot and get registration and payment instructions.


  • Adult (18 years and over) $30
  • Students (11 – 17 years) $15
  • Kids (8 – 10 years old)  FREE

ACA Event Insurance (mandatory)

  • $0 for ACA members
  • $5 for non-ACA members

For more information, check out the event on the AWC CALENDAR

Current pool sessions in Albuquerque

When: Every Thursday from May 5 to July 7 from 8-9:30pm (total of 12 sessions) – We will evaluate attendance in July to determine how many additional sessions to offer

Where: JCC – 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM 87109

Cost: Pool sessions will be FREE for members of both the Adobe Whitewater Club and ACA! It is $5 per session per person if you are not an ACA member.

See Pool Sessions page for more details.

AWC June Monthly Meeting – June 14

AWC’s monthly meeting for June 2016 will be held at its usual location, Papa Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant, and usual time, the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 – 8 PM.

Presentations will be:

Tanya Torres -Kayak New Mexico (501)c3 – Impact in NM and very broad national attention, and how to get involved

Stan Mortimer-Wilderness Canoeing in the North Woods

Note: The Adobe Whitewater Club’s web site is undergoing renovations to improve speed, allow for future site improvements, and improve security.  Please be patient as old and new features are added to the site.