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Wyoming whitewater, North Platte River

Carbon county, State line to French Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     20 miles
  The natural beauty of Wyoming and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. This section of North Platte River in Carbon County is 20 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Laramie,
    please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camping stuff too. If you've been
whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Wyoming you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the State line to French Creek section is one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. Great exercise and just being out on the river  
for a while are great reasons to come. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
Medicine Bow National Forest is a delightful spot to pop by, and nearby you stumble on the State Line Trail which is a perfect hiking trail. Through the long summer days highs here at North Platte River reach the 70's; the night is a tad chillier of course, regularly in the 40's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 30's; nighttime lows in the 10's for North Platte River. Around North Platte River you donít get a lot of rainfall.

North Platte River, State line to French Creek 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, Carbon County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 20 miles long (State line to French Creek)
Encampment River, Carbon County, 26 miles away
      Class II-V - 15 miles long (State Line to Encampment)
Elk River, Routt County, 28 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Box Canyon Campground to Glen Eden Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near North Platte River:
Snowy Range, Wyoming , 22 miles away, 990 foot drop, 5 lifts, 27 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 41 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
Howelsen Hill, Colorado , 42 miles away, 440 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 67 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
Vail, Colorado , 76 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 78 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 79 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 83 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 85 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 85 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
 Hotels Near North Platte River:
The Sage And Sand Motel LLC, Saratoga , 22 miles away
The Lodge And Spa At Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga , 28 miles away
Saratoga Resort And Spa, Saratoga , 30 miles away
Western Lodge, Steamboat Springs , 41 miles away
Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas, Steamboat Springs , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North Platte River:
Pickaroon, Saratoga, 2 miles away
Pike Pole, Saratoga, 2 miles away
Six Mile Gap, Cowdrey, 5 miles away
 Trails Near North Platte River:
State Line Trail, Carbon , 14 miles away
Medicine Bow Trail, Carbon , 15 miles away
Lakes Trail, Albany , 16 miles away
State Line Trail, Carbon , 16 miles away
Fryingpan Trail, Routt , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near North Platte River:
Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming , 13 miles away
Routt National Forest, Colorado , 31 miles away
State Forest State Park, Colorado , 33 miles away

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