North Platte River – Northgate Canyon White Water Rafting Description:
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:
Northgate Canyon 2 Day
Northgate Canyon & Six Mile Gap to Bennett Peak
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
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.