Northgate Canyon


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.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the North Platte River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 3,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06620000, the North Platte River Near Northgate Remember only watercraft are permitted at Northgate Canyon.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Windy Hole
Class III
Cowpie
Class III
Narrows
Class III+ to IV+
Tootsie Roll
Class III
Stovepipe
Class III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.0 ft
L Medicine Bow R At Boles Spring
USGS 06634620
97 cfs 2.4 ft
Encampment River At Mouth
USGS 06625000
128 cfs 2.2 ft
Williams Fork Below Williams Fork Reservoir
USGS 09038500
162 cfs 1.8 ft
Encampment River Ab Hog Park Cr
USGS 06623800
34 cfs 1.2 ft
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
4 cfs 1.5 ft
Pioneer Canal Near Woods
USGS 06659501
174 cfs 1.6 ft
Little Laramie River Near Filmore
USGS 06661000
671 cfs 2.9 ft
Medicine Bow R Ab Seminoe Reservoir
USGS 06635000
194 cfs 3.0 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
107 cfs 3.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
54" -2"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
20.25" -0.79"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
36" -2"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
56" -3"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
2.18" -0.74"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
45" -2"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
38" 1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
25" -2"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
44" -1"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
61" -2"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
22" -3"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
38" -3"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
26" -3"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
32" -1"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
33" -1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
46" -2"
Beaver Ck Village
SNOTEL 1041
18" -1"
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
18.93" -0.64"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
54" -1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
43" -2"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
47" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
39" -2"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
38" -2"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
50" -2"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
31" -2"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
25" -2"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
50" -2"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
18" -2"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
11" -2"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
53" 0"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
1.41" -1.46"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
21" -2"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
54" -4"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
40" -2"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
78" -1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
29" -1"
Reno Hill
SNOTEL 716
48" -3"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
82" -1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
44" -1"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
28" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
60" -2"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
5.28" -1.24"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
19" -1"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
82" -4"
Copper Mountain
SNOTEL 415
32" -1"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
34" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
39" -2"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
19" -2"
Casper Mtn.
SNOTEL 389
39" -3"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
31" -1"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
1" -1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
2.52" -1.29"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
34.33" -0.77"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
69" -4"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
91" -3"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
27" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
56" -4"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
19" -2"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
69" -1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
13.77" -0.87"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
46" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
46" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Deep Creek 12 10,069 ft
South Brush Creek 20 8,355 ft
Bow River 13 8,596 ft
Pickaroon 8 7,420 ft
Pike Pole 6 7,565 ft
Pelton Creek 16 8,240 ft
Silver Lake 17 10,464 ft
Lincoln Park 12 8,102 ft
Sugarloaf 16 10,764 ft
Six Mile 9 7,890 ft
Bobbie Thomson 16 8,721 ft
Holmes 13 9,598 ft
Ryan Park 49 8,438 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowy Range 60" 30° 12.26"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Northgate Canyon 159.0cfs 9.8 Mi III- to III+