Taylor River Canyon - 01. Taylor Park Reservoir to Almont

Taylor River Canyon, Colorado, US


01. Taylor Park Reservoir to Almont (The Taylor River)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 18 Miles

Lower Slot

Lower Slot
Photo by Kit Davidson taken 08/17/04 @ 310 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09110000 400 - 3000 cfs II-IV 01h08m 171 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Taylor River is stunning and beautiful with alpine scenery, a boulder strewn course through the pines offering up whitewater at different levels.

Another great thing about the Taylor is options:
The top reasonably boatable section (there are serious access problems above here) begins at Lottis Creek Campground. The first rapid; Lottis Creek, appears immediately. It is a long Class IV boulder garden. Next comes several miles of rock gardens alternating with more placid sections. Todd's Slot is the best known drop on the river and is a technical class IV- or IV rapid. It is a bit complex and has killed so take a look at this rapid.
Below Todd's Slot are miles of beautiful continous class III mountain water to the takeout by the Bridge right above a resort.
Below this bridge to Almont the river steadly decreases in gradient until it is a placid Class II stream where it meets the East River at Almont to form the Gunnison River.
The top miles below Lottis Creek drop at about 80 fpm with the gradient steadly decreasing to 20 fpm at Almont.
    This is a trophy trout stream so it has constant releases all summer to maintain the fishery.Watch for wood, especially given the fast pace of the water. The Taylor can be a very woody run.

There are serious access issues because of all the big trout fisherman homes along the banks but access is certainly possible at several good locations.

The Taylor is a superb Beginner (near Almont), intermediate (below Todd's slot) and advanced (from Lottis Creek) river and will have water when most everything else is dry.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-08-03 04:11:21


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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.0The SlotN/A

Rapid Descriptions

The Slot (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

constricted bend in the river with strong hydraulics

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