Taylor River Canyon, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|TAYLOR RIVER AT ALMONT, CO.|
|usgs-09110000||200 - 3000 cfs||II-IV||01h14m||304 cfs (running)|
|Optimal flows for all craft-types: 500 - 1400 cfs. The full range of boating flows include amounts both less than and greater than the Optimal Range. Flow info The Taylor River below Taylor Park Reservoir gauge is at: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/dv/?site_no=09109000&PARAmeter_cd=00060|
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 with constant releases all summer to maintain the fishery. Watch for wood, especially given the fast pace of the water, the Taylor's know for being woody.
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. This is 'merika!
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.
For best gauge see: The gauge below the dam:[The one linked is at Almont which also includes Spring Creek, which comes in below the South Bank takeout.]
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
constricted bend in the river with strong hydraulics