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It’s rafting season as water makes its way down the Rio Grande through Borderland

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico --The water was released from Caballo Lake Monday into the Rio Grande. It hit Las Cruces Tuesday and was expected to get to El Paso Wednesday night. 

The speed of the water is the fastest we’ll see all summer. Experts told ABC-7 that the water is running at about 2,000 cubic feet per second. 

When it gets below 900, that’s when floating in a kayak, raft or a tube won’t be possible. 

Due to the drought this year less water is being released than usual so the river floating season isn’t expected to last as long; the hope from most is about 2 months. 

If you want to come and make the most of the water while we have it in the Rio Grande, Southwest Expeditions has you covered starting as early as this coming weekend. You can call 877-808-6877 for reservations.

Last year was a different story though. 

“We got shutdown kind of early in the season and had to put everything back up and switch gears a little bit so that hurt us as far as the crowds we were expecting and things we were wanting to do,” said David Crider, owner of Southwest Expeditions. “With this season here we’re going to try and make up for that with whatever time we have.”

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