February Meeting: Tuesday February 13th, 6PM at Papa Felipe’s 

Topic: Norm Gaume will provide updates on efforts to protect the Gila River.


Annual Permit Party January 9th, 2018

Hosted at Papa Felipe’s Restaurant located at 9800 Menaul Blvd NE, just east of Eubank behind Walgreens starting at 6:30, dinner at 6:00.

The Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico will review common permit requirements and answer questions about the sometimes daunting recreational river permit process.  Travis Burkhard will present about the permit process and Adam Hill will share information about some river adventures that don’t require a permit.

Paddlers of all crafts and skill levels are welcome to attend this free event!

This is a great opportunity to meet other boaters and coordinate plans for the coming year so bring your calendars.

Many permits are due to be submitted by the end of January.

Hope to see you  this Tuesday!

Happy Holidays to the AWC paddling community!

We will not be having a monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 12th since we had the Holiday Party Potluck on Saturday, December 2nd.

     Have a wonderful Holiday Season and we hope to see you at the Permit Party meeting on Tuesday, January 9th at Papa Felipes starting at 6:30pm. (6:00 if you’d like to order your dinner)



Reminder: Friday, October 20, 2017

Special Presentation “Heart of the Gila” Film Project brought to you by the Adobe Whitewater Club and the Jewish Community Center, social/ pizza at 5:30, presentation at 6:00.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help clean up the river from the SE corner of US550 and the bridge to the Corrales access point!

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:00 AM

SE Corner Parking Lot of US550 and the Rio Grande

In April 2016, we cleaned up this same 4 mile stretch of the river and picked up 359 pounds of recyclables (190 pounds of which were beer bottles) and 617 pounds of garbage.

After cleaning up the US550 area, those who are interested will kayak/canoe/SUP/raft down the river from US550 to Corrales.  We’ll pick up as much trash as possible from the river during the paddle.  We will run the shuttle for cars AFTER cleaning up the US550 area and BEFORE paddling down the river.

Your help is needed!   Some of our adaptive paddling participants will be joining us.  The more people on the river, the safer everyone will be.

More information on meetup.


***IMPORTANT– there will be no 2nd Tuesday of the month meeting on October 10th!***

Instead, please come to our special screening of the Heart of the Gila:

Friday, October 20, 2017, Special Presentation “Heart of the Gila” Film Project brought to you by the Adobe Whitewater Club and the Jewish Community Center, social/ pizza at 5:30, presentation at 6:00.  (please read the details below)

Hello Fellow Paddlers and Environmental Stewards!

We are privileged to bring a special presentation of the “Heart of the Gila” Film Project to Albuquerque.

Donations toward the film can be made HERE.

When:  Friday, October 20, 2017

5:30-6:00pm Social time and pizza

6:00 presentation

Where:  Jewish Community Center, Albuquerque

5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

South of Academy on east side of Wyoming Blvd

(505) 332-0565

Inline image 4


Can the lives and deaths of 3 young environmentalists 

teach us to save one of our last wild rivers?

Inline image 6

Ella, Ella, and Michael knew protecting New Mexico’s last wild river benefits us all and lived lives dedicated to protecting our natural resources. Heart of the Gila follows in their footsteps and continues that commitment.

The purpose of the project is to create a documentary film that inspires a diverse audience to take action to protect the Gila River, in Southwest New Mexico. We will tell the story of the river through the eyes of three teens who gave their lives in service to protecting the wild. Ella Kirk, Michael Mahl, and Ella Myers pursued a scientific understanding of the river and were vocal advocates for protecting the Gila for future generations. Heart of the Gila will help build a groundswell of support to meet the ultimate goal of long-term protection using legislative approaches to protect the Gila River forever.

Heart of the Gila is a collaborative project with David Garcia, Albuquerque filmmaker, Patrice Mutchnick, parent of Ella Jaz and director of the Ella Jaz Watershed Project, and Todd Schulke, co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity. Heart of the Gila will be the first feature length film to showcase the outstanding wilderness qualities of the Gila, conveying the grandeur of the Gila’s steep canyons and the beauty of its lush valleys. A combination of aerial drones, specially designed gimbal-equipped watercraft, and water-protected 6K RAW film cameras will document the long, winding path this desert river takes as it nourishes and nurtures the landscape of the southwest.  (

The goal for the Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico is to raise awareness and funds for this important project which they are currently filming.  The Adobe Whitewater Club will match contributions made through this presentation and announcement.  Please join us for this important event even if you can’t donate, that’s OK. We understand! Please share this campaign with as many people as you possibly can through your social networks. Contributions can be made here or at the event so we can match the donations to present to the “Heart of the Gila”.

For the Love of Rivers,

The Adobe Whitewater Club of NM Board


September Monthly AWC Meeting coming up on Tuesday, September 12th at Papa Felipe’s!

Presentation starts at 6:30 PM, arrive at 6:00 to help get dinner ordered smoothly.

“Thrills, Spills, and Stills: Running the Rio Yaqui in Northern Sonora, Mexico.”
Presented by Paul and Sherry Barrett
The Rio Yaqui drainage is in northeastern Sonora, near the border with Chihuahua.  Beginning at the farming town of Granados it is a 110 mile run to the town of Sahuaripa.  The paddle/drag begins on the Rio Bavispe, and two main tributaries, the Rio Bacadehuachi at RM 30 and Rio Aros at RM 60 confluence the run. At the Bavispe/Aros confluence the river becomes the Rio Yaqui.
Although close to the border with the United States, the run is isolated from most human populations but boasts bald eagles, military macaws, and even jaguars among the wildlife.
Paul and Sherry will  present an overview of the run, including some logistical challenges, characters along the way (in and out of the boats), and current issues in the area.


Kevin Fedarko is presenting to Albuquerque on his hiking exploits in the Grand Canyon. Free.

Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon

KiMo Theatre

423 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102


Walking Into History 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM MDT Albuquerque,NM

Interesting fund raiser for New Mexico Wild. This lecture should compliment the similar presentation by Kevin Fedarko on Sept 21st at the Kimo theater:

In the winter of 2015-16 Elyssa Shalla and Matt Jenkins completed an historic 700-mile journey hiking the length of the Grand Canyon. Elyssa is the first woman to thru-hike the Grand Canyon in a single trip, and they are the first couple to thru-hike the canyon in a single trip. They will describe their epic adventure in a one-hour program, followed by Q&A with the audience. This event is a fundraiser for New Mexico Wild; tickets are $10 per person. Doors open at 6:30, program begins at 7:00 pm.

June Monthly AWC Meeting is cancelled!

The June 13th meeting AWC Monthly meeting is cancelled due to the club clinic/potluck being the weekend before and so many board members and other members being out of town the 13th to take part in the Swiftwater Rescue or SWR Instructor clinics being held in Pagosa Springs.

Due to web site technical difficulties, please email to register or get more information about the clinics.

Upcoming Clinics

AWC Summer Clinics and Potluck  –  June 10-11, Pilar NM

ACA Swiftwater Rescue Skills Course  –  June 12-13, Pagosa Springs CO, Sponsored by AWC

ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Certification Workshop  –  June 12-16, Pagosa Springs CO, Sponsored by AWC

The weather is warming up which means pools sessions.

Pool sessions will be at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) again this year starting Thursday May 11.

May 11, 18, 25 (8:00pm-9:30pm)
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (8:00pm-9:30pm)
July 6, 20, 27, (8:00pm-9:30pm)
August 3 (8:00pm – 9:30pm)

All participants must sign JCC Guest Waiver Form (except JCC Members)
• Pool would be available during the above dates and times.
• Lifejackets must be worn when paddling in a boat.
• Enter and exit the pool along the South side of the pool.
• Children <13 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Paddlers may rinse off and change in the guest area, not in the members’ only locker rooms or inside of the JCC facility (unless a JCC member).
• Paddlers should exit the pool no later than 9:30pm and be fully off the premises by 10pm.
• Rinse boats off and try to ensure they are as clean as possible, both inside and out before entering the pool area.
• People can bring their kayak and gear at 7:45pm/ gate opens at 8pm
• Paddlers may use the back driveway to drop off their kayaks. Please do not obstruct the fire hydrant and do not park vehicles there for longer than it takes to do the drop off. Then, please park in the parking lot.
• Paddlers must be a current member of the Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico ($15 per year) to participate. They can register for membership their first pool session

Monthly Meetings

May Monthly Meeting – Tuesday May 9th, 6:30 PM, Papa Felipe’s

Presentation by Christine Mollo on International Kayaking


April Monthly Meeting – Tuesday April 12th, 6:30 PM, Papa Felipe’s

Presentation by Corey Spoores titled “Paddling the East Coast”.

Corey Spoores will be sharing some easy classic east coast paddling,
and keel hauler style trips. Plus, some focus on boating Ohio, Pa, WV, TN, NC via pictures and video clips.

Hope to see you April 11th at Papa Felipe’s

9800 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque

SE corner of Eubank and Menaul, just east of Walgreen’s

If you’d like to order dinner, please come at 6pm.

March Monthly Meeting – March 14th 6:30pm, Papa Felipes

Presentation by Verne Huser titled “A Half-Century of River Running”.

  • Verne has been running rivers since 1957, in 26 states, more than 130 rivers including several in Canada and Alaska. He has written ten books, all about rivers (Rivers of Texas, On the River with Lewis and Clark, River Running, River Reflections) .

Hope to see you March 14th at Papa Felipe’s

9800 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque

SE corner of Eubank and Menaul, just east of Walgreen’s

If you’d like to order dinner, please come at 6pm.


Attention: February AWC Meeting Cancelled

The February meeting of the AWC will not take place due to a conflict with Valentine’s Day. Apparently members would rather take their significant others out to dinner than have a meeting??? Regular monthly meetings will resume in March.

Gila River Update:

Please read Keiko Ohnuma’s 12/21/2016 article in the Albuquerque Free Press on Norm Gaume’s fight to protect the Gila and demand that the NM Interstate Stream Commission (NM ISC) follow the NM Open Meetings Act: “Taking on NM’s Water Czars.”

In the article, Norm notes how little water can actually be delivered by the grossly expensive dam, and how the dam’s construction would also take away funding from the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act which could be put to use immediately for other, more sensible water projects to help Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties.

Another article worth reading regarding Norm Gaume’s efforts to protect the Gila open is Laura Paskus’ 1/8/2017 article at The NM Political Report entitled “The ‘politics’ of Wrangling Data on the Gila.” The article describes Gaume’s difficulties in obtaining information from the NM ISC due to their interpretation of the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA), which says that the “use of state agency databases for commercial, political or solicitation purposes is restricted.”

Paskus’ article includes commentary from prior and current directors of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, who question the constitutionality of requiring an individual to agree to not use information for “political purposes” in order to have access to information, and also question the NM ISC’s classification of an Excel spreadsheet as a database.

Paskus concluded her article noting that the IPRA and Open Meetings Act compliance are handled by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General (NM OAG), and that NM OAG spokesman James Hallinan had informed her that no one had yet complained to the office regarding the database provision of IPRA or its applications, but noted that the office would review any complaints it received.

Norm, a long-time AWC member and a former director of the NM ISC in the past, has for years been fighting the ISC’s attempt to waste huge amounts of federal and state money on damming the Gila River. Norm is a hero for his demand that the NM ISC follow open-government policies, his belief that public money should not be wasted on expensive, ill-designed construction projects, and his fight to preserve the wild and scenic Gila.

If you see Norm at the AWC meeting or on the river, please give him a hearty thank you!

If you’d like more information on how to become involved to protect the Gila, visit the Gila Conservation Coalition’s website.

January 2017 Monthly Meeting – Tuesday July 10, 2017

The Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico’s January Meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at the usual location, Papa Felipe’s restaurant (9800 Menaul Blvd NE, just east of Eubank behind Walgreens). Meeting will start at 6:30, please arrive at 6 if ordering dinner.

The topic for this month’s meeting is our usual January Annual River Permit Party!

The Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico will review common permit requirements and answer questions about the sometimes daunting recreational river permit process

Paddlers of all crafts and skill levels are welcome to attend this free event!

This is a great opportunity to meet other boaters and coordinate plans for the coming year so bring your calendars.


Many permits are due to be submitted by the end of January and this looks to be a decent runoff year with the current weather trend.


Arrive early to order great food and socialize before the meeting starts, maybe even catch the happy-hour prices before 6:00.
– 6:30 Welcome
– Announcements and Volunteer opportunities.

– 2017 Club plans/events to mark on your calendar

– Introduction of rivernner, social, and prizes

– Papa Felipe’s will offer their complete menu, please pay for what you order
– While there is no charge for this event, we do encourage you to have dinner or at a minimum order a drink in support of our hosting restaurant that is supportive of Adobe on a monthly basis and not charging us for the use of their special events room
– Please recognize that with a group our size, it can be a challenge for restaurants. Please help your server by ensuring you give them your complete name when you place your orders, and that you are in relatively the same seat when your food arrives.

Charity/ Fundraising:
– In the spirit of the holidays and paddlers contributing to our community, please consider bringing new or used (in good condition) paddle clothing (PFDs, rash guards, neoprene clothing, splash jackets, dry tops) that will be used in Kayak New Mexico 501(c)3’s programs. For tax deduction purposes, please securely attach your name and email to your donation and Jane can follow-up with a receipt. If you have a boat or paddle you would like to donate, please bring a piece of paper with the information and your contact information as we will not have the ability to transport boats or paddles after the event.
– Bart Harvey has created beautiful kayak and other river related holiday ornaments which will be available for sale for $10 each. He and his family are generously donating a number of ornaments to Kayak New Mexico 501(c)3 for free and will be donating $3 for each of the ones sold at the holiday party to the Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico to invest in our community next year.
– Barb Deshler and Susann Nutter have generously donated their time to revitalize the Adobe Whitewater Club’s logo. T-shirts will be sold for $15 each, hats for $20 each, and stickers for $1 each. A small proceed from each sale will be used toward scholarships for our most active members to attend an ACA Kayak Instructor Certification next year, that will be co-sponsored by the ACA and AWC an held in New Mexico.

This invitation will be shared with all paddling organizations located throughout New Mexico. We are excited to welcome anyone who shares a love of the water and hope you will attend. Please RSVP via Facebook or meet-up, if you are able, to help us with preparations.

We look forward to seeing you!
Paddle on!permit resources.

-Mingle and make plans for trips


Review the following links prior to arrival for river specific info.

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.

State Director Program – Overview – ACA | Canoe – Kayak …
As the nation’s oldest and largest paddlesports non-profit, the ACA has built a strong reputation on making the world a better place to paddle through numerous …

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.