Classified as a
river surfing location
along the North Platte River,
is best paddle when discharge levels are
between 500.0 cfs to 3000.0 cfs
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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