Big Eddy Boat Take-out

Area Status: Open

Important Note: Flow releases on the Rio Chama are expected to remain lower than average beginning July 2023 due to dam construction hurdles. Flows may not be boatable. Check USGS gages before your trip to ensure you have up-to-date flow information:

Open year round, Big Eddy is located off of FR 151 along the Rio Chama and north of Abiquiu Lake.  This site is often used as the take-out for those floating the Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River.  It is also a popular access point for those looking to fish along the Rio Chama.  

At a Glance

Operational Hours: No overnight camping.  Day-use only. 
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Toilets, Parking
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Spring , Summer, Fall
Busiest Season: Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Day-use only. 
Closest Towns: Abiquiu, NM
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: A New Mexico Fishing license is required.  For license information see the NM Department of Game and Fish page. River Users: Solid human waste must be carried out in a washable/reusable dump station compatible container. Cleanwaste and Restop2 bags are acceptable for groups up to 4 people with a watertight hard-sided container for transport and may not be disposed of in Forest Service provided trash receptacles. The Rio Chama Float Overnight Permit is accessed via:

General Information


From the junction of NM 84  travel approximately 5 miles on FR 151 to Big Eddy in the Chama River Canyon.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Fees: No fee required

Viewing Wildlife

During winter months, birds of prey, including bald eagles, inhabit the Rio Chama.


Boating - Non-Motorized

Float boating take out.  

Trailer Parking large parking lot with pull throughs
Type of Craft Non motorized river craft such as kayaks, canoes, or rafts.
Class of Rapids Class 1 to 3 rapids.
Difficulty Desc.
Fuel availability None
Water/Flow Level Variable due to release from El Vado Lake.  Check USGS website for current flow conditions.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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