taylor canyon breaks down like this-
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the first section is the gold medal water right below the dam. dont boat here. just below this (right in the middle of some fun lookin class II+) it enters private property owned by someone famous (i dont remember who) but the next five or six miles are private and not allowed, but its completely flat anyway. there are several bridges RIGHT over the water that force portaging, and thus, trespassing. this ends at the lottis creek confluence.
from here down to the lodgepole campground is public, this is the "upper upper taylor" run, fun class III+.
below this to just above the New Gen put in is Crystal Creek, which is mostly run by the gandys and their cohorts. they used to be small time but this last summer they erected a HUGE castle in the heart of the canyon thats just an eyesore. it changed the feel of the canyon forever. this is private, and also the site of where the guy (mr gandy) discharged his firearm near some private boaters. the river through here is ugly, lots and lots of purposefully shallow ledges and fish dams, and a few low bridges. ive heard people claim theyve floated through here before and done so without portaging, im not quite sure because ive never been in there, but i would imagine portaging would be not only likely but mandatory. this ends just above Tod's Slot.
from here down to harmels is the "Upper Taylor" we all know and love.
from south bank (really granite campground, although thats a shitty takeout when youve got SB just upstream) down to five mile is the stretch is question. the first part of this runs through the "Harmels" resort, and while they frown upon and discourage private boating, they know there is nothing they can do to stop them. matt at scenic river tours (one of the canyon's guiding outfits) has permission with matt and amy to run commercially through there, which they do, and i believe schumacher of three rivers (the other company) has it as well, but does not use it. at any rate, it is a shitty piece of river. there are over twenty notable fish ledges, all of which have sneaks but are generally very trashy, and one large fish dam which doesnt have a sneak so much as a "drop over the smallest point" kinda line.
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the stretch below harmels is the stretch thats been in question for a long time, where it flows past the homeowner corridor on river left, and what was the ranch but is now The Wilder on the Taylor
on river right. the new owners of the property, the Shaws, have come in and transformed what was originally a beautiful ranch and surrounding fields into a sprawling development that will soon be host to a number of second homes, likely in the "larger" to "larger" size. in the process he spent around a million bucks to build himself a fake babbling brook that runs across the meadow, and to feed that brrok he installed two large pumps that directly siphon water out of the taylor river. in doing so he altered two existing fish drops, creating two mildly exciting to dangerous features, one of which i refuse to run now. its the only drop on the entire taylor that i will walk. i dont know how he acquired the rights to the water, and everyone i have talked to (including employees) say theyre pretty sure the guy never got his USACE permits to do the river work, but who knows.
unless he intends to install fences or automatic machine gun nests around the river, hes not going to stop us. i intend to keep running this piece of shit stretch of river just to prove a point, and i suggest everyone else do the same. the guy is a pompous ass and just hasnt realized his place in life yet. but he will in time. hell the construction workers were cheering us on this summer as we were blue angel-ing farmers bridge. i really dont think this is much of a point, we can either fight a long legal battle or just quietly give him the finger and keep doing what were doing. i prefer the latter.