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
Michigan River Near Cameron Pass
USGS 06614800
0 cfs 2.3 ft
Joe Wright Creek Below Joe Wright Reservoir
USGS 06746110
2 cfs 1.5 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
33 cfs 2.2 ft
Encampment River Ab Hog Park Cr
USGS 06623800
10 cfs 1.5 ft
Colorado River Bl Shadow Mountain Reservoir
USGS 09015000
48 cfs 1.6 ft
Elk River Near Milner
USGS 09242500
110 cfs 1.8 ft
South Brush Creek Near Saratoga
USGS 06622900
18 cfs 2.7 ft
Sand Creek At Colorado-Wyoming State Line
USGS 06659580
3 cfs 0.5 ft
Willow Creek Below Willow Creek Reservoir
USGS 09021000
8 cfs 2.6 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
3" -1"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
14" 0"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
9" 0"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
10" 0"
Reno Hill
SNOTEL 716
9" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
7" 0"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
13" -1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
8" -1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
24" -2"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
3" 1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
4.69" -1.08"
Michigan Creek
SNOTEL 937
12" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
15" 0"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
15" 0"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
19" 0"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
1" 0"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
19" 0"
Lake Irene
SNOTEL 565
16" 0"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
18" -1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
20" -1"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
0.7" -1.41"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
11" 0"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
10" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
0.04" -0.56"
Buckskin Joe
SNOTEL 938
1" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
11" -1"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
10" -1"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
11" 0"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
2.64" -1.23"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
2" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
13" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
26" 3"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
22" -1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
2" 0"
Jackwhacker Gulch
SNOTEL 935
9" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
14" -1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
8" -1"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
0.08" -0.99"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
4.91" -0.83"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
18" 1"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
23" 1"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
33" -1"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
13" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
1" 1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
11.16" -0.31"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
8" 0"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
8" 1"
Never Summer
SNOTEL 1031
17" 1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
2.73" -0.29"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
3" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
18" 0"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
20" -1"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
20" 4"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
3" 0"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
18" -1"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
11" -1"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
5" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
South Brush Creek 20 8,355 ft
Six Mile 9 7,890 ft
Silver Lake 17 10,464 ft
Pike Pole 6 7,565 ft
Sugarloaf 16 10,764 ft
Ryan Park 49 8,438 ft
Lincoln Park 12 8,102 ft
Bow River 13 8,596 ft
Bobbie Thomson 16 8,721 ft
Holmes 13 9,598 ft
Pelton Creek 16 8,240 ft
Deep Creek 12 10,069 ft
Pickaroon 8 7,420 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowy Range 10" 35° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Northgate Canyon 142.0cfs 9.8 Mi III- to III+