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Wyoming whitewater, North Platte River

Natrona county, Pathfinder Dam to Alcova Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V+     5 miles
  The wonderful Wyoming scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. This section of North Platte River in Wyoming is 5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V+ section of whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Casper, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking,
    either way around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The average Wyoming whitewater rafting or kayaking
river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you  
come because it is a very popular destination. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Swede Spring is a lovely site to explore while you're at North Platte River, and folks from Alcova love to come here. Summertime highs at North Platte River mostly tend to be in the 80's, and all through the night it cools down to the 50's. Daytime highs all through the wintertime are in the 30's, and after the sun is down all through the winter temperatures at North Platte River sink into the 10's. Not much rainfall falls here at North Platte River. The month with most of the rain is May; the driest of the months is January.

North Platte River, Pathfinder Dam to Alcova Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near North Platte River.
 Whitewater Near North Platte River:
North Platte River, Natrona County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 5 miles long (Pathfinder Dam to Alcova Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near North Platte River:
Snowy Range, Wyoming , 73 miles away, 990 foot drop, 5 lifts, 27 runs
Big Horn, Wyoming , 90 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near North Platte River:
Alcova Lakeside Marina, Alcova , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near North Platte River:
Inn At Alcova, Alcova , 7 miles away
Super 8 Casper West, Casper , 35 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Casper, Casper , 38 miles away
Ramkota Hotel, Casper , 38 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Casper , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North Platte River:
Alcova Reservoir County Park - Fremont Canyon, Alcova, 3 miles away
Alcova Reservoir County Park - Westside, Alcova, 3 miles away
Pathfinder Lake County Park - Weiss, Alcova, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near North Platte River:
Seminoe State Park, Wyoming , 20 miles away
Independence Rock State Park, Wyoming , 22 miles away

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