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North Platte River - wyoming
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 9:45 a.m.
III- to III+
Feet / Mile
Status TOO LOW
Streamflow 311 cfs
Average 1500 cfs
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Current Weather 81° Sunny then Mostly Sunny and Breezy
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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 sunny, with a high near 81. breezy, with a south wind 7 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

This run is accessible from 7 public boat access points along the North Platte River.

Season Begins: May & Ends: August

Streamflow Conditions

The Northgate Canyon is currently TOO LOW to be paddled and you could find yourself bottoming out on rocks. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 311cfs, about -79% below the average runnable rate of 1500cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Northgate Canyon are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at North Platte River Near Northgate, Co.

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. Paddlers can expect to come across 5 class III- to III+ obstacles as they float down this 10 mile stretch of the North Platte River.

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: 81° Today, Sunny then Mostly Sunny and Breezy

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. to sunny, with a high near 82. south wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east in the afternoon. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 78° - 82°

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