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Taylor River Canyon - 01. Taylor Park Reservoir to Almont


Taylor River Canyon, Colorado, US

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01. Taylor Park Reservoir to Almont

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

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Photo of Phil Proctor by Josh Wolverton taken 07/29/04 @ ?.??

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
TAYLOR RIVER AT ALMONT, CO.
usgs-09110000 400 - 3000 cfs II-IV 00h33m 599 cfs (running)
Optimal flows: 500 - 1400 cfs. Flow information for this section corresponds to data from the 2013 Gunnison River Flow Study.


River Description

    The Taylor is a stunning river.  Beautiful alpine scenery, a boulder strewn course through the pines whitewater at different levels. 
    The 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.
    Below Todd's slot are miles of beautiful continous class III mountain water to the takeout by the Bridge right above a resort (can't remember the name).
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, espicialy given the fast pace of the water. Very woody run.


    There are serious access issues because of all the big trout fisherman houses 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.


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Last Updated: 2017-05-18 14:48:03

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User Comments

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May 30 2017 (53 days ago)
Andito (157783)
On 5/30/17 there is a river-wide strainer--a fallen large evergreen--blocking the river at the
tenth drop after the takeout for the canyon section. It was easy to portage in kayaks but would be
really difficult to get a raft around it due to density of vegetation on the banks. Maybe it's just
a coincidence that it's shutting out rafts just above the section where no trespassing signs are
posted everywhere and a few scowling fishermen are hanging out on their private property.
May 25 2013 (1519 days ago)
cjbryant (155242)
The taylor is an amazing river. Lottis Staircase, the uppermost rapid on the river begins right
below the Lottis Creek Campground. This rapid is boney and technical at low flows, and has powerful
hydraulics forming at higher levels. This rapid can be run by itself by taking out at Lodgepole
campground about 3 miles below the put in, or as the beginning of a longer run by continuing down
to the lower river access points. After Lottis the river flows through private property and can be
very difficult to run in low water conditions. The next serious rapid is Todd's Slot several miles
downstream. SCOUT!!! This rapid is very tricky as has several hazards including a river right
strainer, a large undercut rock, and a nasty sieve following the most technical part of the rapid.
The line at low water is to hit the left to right slot and then backpaddle hard around a large
center river rock where the water is piling up. Next on the river comes initiation rapid.
Initiation is standard class III with a couple tricky moves. Try not to swim because its the
longest rapid on the run. Next is left hand move. Enter right of the river left rocks and move
downstream until you come to the boulder field that appears to block the river. At this point
charge river left to hit a small gap in the rocks. Several straightforward class III's follow left
hand. At low flows these can be tricky to read but pose no serious problems. The next serious
section is known as Tombstone. This section of the river has several class III rapids in quick
succession. First is narrows about a mile below left hand. follow the current and you'll be fine.
Then comes toilet bowl, a right to left spinning drop that sends you right towards tombstone.
Tombstone is a massive rock blocking most of the rivers that will flip boats easily. Stay river
left of tombstone and be ready to set up for the next move, the goalposts. The goalposts are two
rocks with a narrow gap in between them. Hit the gap and stay off left goal post. It can flip boats
quickly and send you for a nasty swim. After goalposts are several more class III moves but none of
them pose any particular hazards. From here down the river has a few tricky rapids but consists
mostly of straightforward read-n-run class III. The last really tricky rapid is Vito's spin move.
This rapid is easily recognizable by the boulder field that appears to block the entire river. Two
lines exist at normal flows. The easiest is to run left to right hitting a tight gap in the middle
of the river to squeeze through the rapid. The other line is to run river right and spin through
the rapid to make some tight turns and tight gaps in the rocks. This rapid can flip boats at high
flows. Continue to the takeout a few miles downstream at South Bank or continue down into the
middle taylor. If you continue down past Harmel's resort, the river gets tricky. Its all private
property on the middle and the several man made rapids make this section tricky. Use caution if you
decide to boat past south bank and don't get out of your boat. The landowners have cameras on the
river and banks.
June 27 2005 (4408 days ago)
Chris KellyDetails
The Taylor is a stunning river; beautiful alpine scenery, a boulder strewn course through the pines
and lots of whitewater at different levels. <br /><br />
The great thing about the Taylor is that you can pick your poison. The top reasonably boatable
section (there are serious access problems above here) begins at Lottus Creek Campground. The first
rapid; Lottus 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.<br /><br />
Below Todd's slot are miles of beautiful continous class III mountain water to the takeout by the
Bridge right above a resort (can't remember the name).<br /><br />
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.<br /><br />
The top miles below Lottus Creek drop at about 80 fpm with the gradient steadly decreasing to 20
fpm at Almont.<br /><br />
I have been paddling it for about 15 years. My sense of the river in the early days was often:
"oh damn! If this gets any harder I am screwed!" but it just never got above that
point.<br /><br />
This is a trophy trout stream so it has constant releases all summer to maintain the fishery. Watch
for wood, espicialy given the fast pace of the water. Most of my runs have involved at least one
portage because of lumber in the river.<br /><br />
There are serious access issues because of all the big trout fisherman houses along the banks but
access is certainly possible at several good locations. <br /><br />
The Taylor is a superb Beginner (near Almont), intermediate (below Todd's slot) and advanced (from
Lottus Creek) river and will have water when most everything else is dry. Chris Kelly


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