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Old 07-28-2011   #1
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Min flows below Northgate on North Platte

Now that water levels are dropping on the North Platte, I've all of a sudden started to worry that the water will be too LOW for our rafting trip in a little more than a week. I've seen some good info posted on min. flows to get big boats (16 footers) through Northgate Canyon, and I'm watching water levels carefully.

If the water is too low to get through Northgate with big boats, what about further down, starting at Six Mile? Assuming that we can deal with the gear haul down the hill, how much water will we need to launch a group of rafts & cats (up to 16 feet) from there? We're looking to go to Treasure Island or perhaps all the way to Saratoga. Any advice on min flows?

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Old 07-29-2011   #2
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about 1k is the min for northgate, and 800 is the min for below six mile. you could possibly go lower than 800, but you might be walking your boat down a long riflle on private property in one particular spot.

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Old 07-31-2011   #3
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Below 1000 cfs, full-size rafts with loads tend to get stuck on rocks in Northgate Canyon. I've run it in a 15 ft. cat at 825 with two people (no load) and worked my arse off catching and spinning.

From Six Mile to Bennett Peak, the skanky part is the braided cobble reach through the ranches, where overgrazing has damaged the channel. I've run it at 350 cfs in a paddle cat, and it was a struggle. A full-size boat with a load might squeak through at 800 cfs, with an occasional sticking point.
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Old 07-31-2011   #4
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I've been told that 800 is the lower end. Of course we were told that the Middle Fork was "unfloatable" at 800 and when we got there it looked like a highway compared to the Poudre. Getting stuck is good for fishing, drinking, and safety talks anyway.
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Old 07-31-2011   #5
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My husband is doing Northgate right now in our 16' cat. Another buddy is in his 14' raft. Flows this morning are approx 1120. My husband did strip our cat down to make it as light as possible, so it'll be interesting to hear how it went. They get back tomorrow and will probably post a trip report.
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Old 08-01-2011   #6
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Thanks for the great info - much appreciated.

Summitraftgirl - Please ask your husband how the bugs were, especially down at Six Mile, and let us know Thanks!!!
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Old 08-01-2011   #7
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We floated it yesterday in a super puma, 3 people, no load. No problem at 1100. There was also a 15 foot paddle raft with about 10 adults in it. Also, no problem. No bugs at 6 mile. is offline   Reply With Quote
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I did it last weekend at 1260 in a 16' cat... You could take an oar rig down lower, maybe 900 ish, but it gets rocky below 6 mile. We pulled into treasure island at 1060 and there were lots of gravel bars that made it annoying. Only going back above 3k!!
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Oh yeah, horrible bugs at Routt put in!!!!! Didn't see anymore after at least.

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