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NORTHGATE CANYON

North Platte River - wyoming
Updated June 20, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Status RUNNABLE
Streamflow 2920 cfs
Average 1500 cfs
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Runnable Min 500 cfs
Runnable Max 3000 cfs
Gradient 20 FPM
Length 10 Miles
Class III- to III+
Current Weather 68° Mostly Sunny then Slight Chance T-storms and Breezy
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Streamflow Conditions

Northgate Canyon is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 2920cfs, about 79% above the average runnable rate of 1500cfs. Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the North Platte River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 3000cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Northgate Canyon are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at North Platte River Near Northgate, Co.

Run Overview

This class III- to III+ journey is accessible from 7 different boat launch points along the North Platte River. Paddlers should prepare for the 5 class III- to III+ whitewater rapids along this run.

Great wilderness run that is better known for the fishing than whitewater.  The upper run, Routt Access to Sixmile Gap, has only 5 named rapids in 10 miles.  However the rapids are good, and can get very big at the highest levels.  Below Sixmile Gap frequent Class II rapids and many camping opportunities allow the option of overnight trips.  Other than the occasional riffle, the rapids are done below Prospect/Pickaroon, but the river remains quite scenic through Bennett Peak.  Below Bennett the river will be Class I braided channels. Weather on the river today will be a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. mostly sunny, with a high near 68. breezy, with a west wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Season Begins: May & Ends: August

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Windy Hole Class III Feet
Cowpie Class III Feet
Narrows Class III+ to IV+ Feet
Tootsie Roll Class III Feet
Stovepipe Class III Feet


Weather Overview: 68° Today, Mostly Sunny then Slight Chance T-storms and Breezy

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. to a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. increasing clouds, with a high near 70. breezy, with a west southwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 37 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 55° - 70°

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