North Platte River Rafting – Northgate Canyon

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North Platte River – Northgate Canyon White Water Rafting Description:

Find the North Platte River in Colorado

In northern Colorado, near Wyoming, the North Platte river dives into Northgate Canyon and cuts into the Medicine Bow Mountains. Action-packed class III-IV rapids and wildlife are abundant in this remote, wilderness canyon. Don’t underestimate this canyon! Let the names of some of the rapids clue you in: Windy Hole, Stovepipe, OFR (outrageous frickin’ rapid), and Tootsie Roll.

Recommended Trips on Northgate Canyon – North Platte River:

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2 Day Trip Info

Trip Name:
Northgate Canyon 2 Day
Sections Included:
Northgate Canyon & Six Mile Gap to Bennett Peak
Outfitter:
Wilderness Aware Rafting

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Full Day Trip Info

Trip Name:
Northgate Canyon Full Day
Sections Included:
Northgate Canyon
Outfitter:
Wilderness Aware Rafting

North Platte River – Northgate Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7826′ to 7606′
Average Gradient: 22.0′ per mile

Access to Access

Routt to Six Mile Gap: 10.8 miles
Total Mileage: 10.8 miles

GPS Coordinates to Northgate Canyon Access Points – North Platte River::

  • Routt Access: 40.952094,-106.343365
  • Six Mile Gap Access: 41.044162,-106.40127

Cities Near the Northgate Canyon Section:

  • Walden & Steamboat Springs

Information for North Platte River Self-Guided Boaters:

The North Platte River is in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and is managed by U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District
    2171 Highway 130, Po Box 249, Saratoga, WY 82331
    307.326.5258 ~ www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbr

Shuttles:
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

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