I will start this thread for apologizing for the length, but to properly convey all the beta from today's trip it needs to be long.
I for one, am an adventurous boater. I don't like to run much in the class V realm, so I am always looking for new and remote 3-4 stretches of boatable water.
There are several areas I have been paying attention to this spring and one of them is the Tarryall River drainage. Upon inspecting the map, satellite images, and researching any available old data (including this thread: tarryall creek?
I determined the section that held the most promise was from Spruce Grove Campground to the old Stage Stop Campground.
I will start at the top. Spruce Grove Campground is a nice little spot with a footbridge over the river, walk-in campsites, and excellent access.
Spruce Grove access:
Looking upstream from the footbridge:
Almost immediately downstream the creek drops into a beautiful tight little class III granite gorge:
it almost had enough water to boat it now:
problem is, the gorge only lasts 1/4-1/2 mile and shortly after it ends you come to a river-wide barb-wire fence marking about a mile of private property:
There is a nice eddy above the fence, and a very nice trail along the side of the creek back up to the campground. So not necessarily a boating destination, but possibly a worthy pit-stop on the way to or from the Ark or Elevenmile for a front ranger....
The real gem of the trip was the lower canyon which was accessed by Forest Roads 204 & 212 and contained at least 1 class V drop, some stout IV, and pretty continuous III in around 3 miles.
Pics of this canyon to follow...