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
Rock Creek Ab King Canyon Canal
USGS 06632400
16 cfs 0.9 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling
USGS 09041090
8 cfs 2.3 ft
Jack Creek Above Coyote Draw
USGS 06627800
133 cfs 4.7 ft
Medicine Bow R Ab Seminoe Reservoir
USGS 06635000
61 cfs 2.3 ft
Yampa River Above Stagecoach Reservoir
USGS 09237450
33 cfs 3.1 ft
Illinois Creek Near Rand
USGS 06617500
4 cfs 1.1 ft
Colorado R Below Baker Gulch
USGS 09010500
22 cfs 4.3 ft
Yampa River At Steamboat Springs
USGS 09239500
59 cfs 1.4 ft
Grand River Ditch At La Poudre Pass
USGS 09010000
-999 cfs 0.3 ft
Grand Lake Outlet Blw Chipmunk Ln At Grand Lk
USGS 09014050
7 cfs 8.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
fairplay 2.7 wnw, co
SNOTEL CO-PK-15
4.81" -0.43"
Stillwater Creek
SNOTEL 793
21" 0"
Columbine
SNOTEL 408
50" 0"
Chapman Tunnel
SNOTEL 1101
35" 0"
Hoosier Pass
SNOTEL 531
32" -1"
Lynx Pass
SNOTEL 607
22" -1"
Phantom Valley
SNOTEL 688
26" 0"
Elk River
SNOTEL 467
42" -1"
Mccoy Park
SNOTEL 1040
30" 0"
vail 3.5 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-53
23.33" -0.36"
North French Creek
SNOTEL 668
58" -1"
Zirkel
SNOTEL 1033
56" -1"
Laprele Creek
SNOTEL 571
16" 0"
Rabbit Ears
SNOTEL 709
50" -1"
Brooklyn Lake
SNOTEL 367
49" -1"
Dry Lake
SNOTEL 457
45" 0"
Jones Pass
SNOTEL 970
35" 0"
Long Draw Resv
SNOTEL 1123
46" -1"
Arapaho Ridge
SNOTEL 1030
55" 0"
dillon,co
SNOTEL DLLC2
11.29" -0.28"
steamboat springs 0.7 ese, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-53
22.87" -0.35"
co st forest st park
SNOTEL CSFC2
21.01" -0.47"
Berthoud Summit
SNOTEL 335
36" -1"
Roach
SNOTEL 718
41" -2"
Casper Mtn.
SNOTEL 389
14" 0"
Ivanhoe
SNOTEL 547
40" 0"
Tower
SNOTEL 825
83" -1"
Webber Springs
SNOTEL 852
53" 0"
tabernash 2.7 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-GR-68
16.22" -0.26"
frisco 0.5 n, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-4
17.17" -0.37"
Vail Mountain
SNOTEL 842
36" 0"
Cinnabar Park
SNOTEL 1046
44" -1"
yampa 5.1 s, co
SNOTEL CO-RT-26
16.07" -0.27"
Summit Ranch
SNOTEL 802
25" 1"
vail 2.6 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-19
21.4" -0.35"
Grizzly Peak
SNOTEL 505
42" -1"
Med Bow
SNOTEL 1196
72" -1"
Blackhall Mtn
SNOTEL 1119
70" 0"
Bear River
SNOTEL 1061
22" 0"
basalt 5.8 e, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-6
12.6" -0.23"
Little Snake River
SNOTEL 1047
53" -2"
Fremont Pass
SNOTEL 485
39" -3"
Joe Wright
SNOTEL 551
52" -2"
Deadman Hill
SNOTEL 438
47" -2"
Sand Lake
SNOTEL 731
59" -1"
silverthorne 21 nw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-35
12.9" -0.12"
dillon 2.3 se, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-16
15.1" -0.36"
Lost Dog
SNOTEL 940
47" -1"
climax coop
SNOTEL CLXC2
17.17" -0.37"
Whiskey Park
SNOTEL 859
60" -2"
Old Battle
SNOTEL 673
67" -1"
Loveland Basin
SNOTEL 602
42" -1"
Reno Hill
SNOTEL 716
23" -1"
silverthorne 2.1 wsw, co
SNOTEL CO-SU-6
24.93" -0.51"
Middle Fork Camp
SNOTEL 1014
26" 1"
Rawah
SNOTEL 1032
26" 0"
Elliot Ridge
SNOTEL 1120
48" 0"
South Brush Creek
SNOTEL 772
24" 0"
Willow Creek Pass
SNOTEL 869
35" 0"
Nast Lake
SNOTEL 658
25" 0"
wolcott 2.3 n, co
SNOTEL CO-EG-8
17.33" -0.18"
Buffalo Park
SNOTEL 913
37" 1"
Kiln
SNOTEL 556
32" 0"
Fool Creek
SNOTEL 1186
42" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Holmes 13 9,598 ft
Pelton Creek 16 8,240 ft
Bow River 13 8,596 ft
Six Mile 9 7,890 ft
Silver Lake 17 10,464 ft
Ryan Park 49 8,438 ft
Sugarloaf 16 10,764 ft
South Brush Creek 20 8,355 ft
Pike Pole 6 7,565 ft
Deep Creek 12 10,069 ft
Pickaroon 8 7,420 ft
Bobbie Thomson 16 8,721 ft
Lincoln Park 12 8,102 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Snowy Range 49" 28° 3.01"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Northgate Canyon 142.0cfs 9.8 Mi III- to III+