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Old 01-11-2010   #1
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North Platte family run?

Is there a good run on the North Platte for young kids. Lookin' for a run similar to Ruby Horsethief. Anything near Saratoga WY? Thanks for the info.

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Old 01-11-2010   #2
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anything below 6 mile will get you what you want. flat and pristine

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Old 01-11-2010   #3
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Sweet thanks. How's the camping? Any put-ins/take-outs you'd recommend?
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there's USFS camping between 6 mile put in and douglas creek campground. there are designated campsites in the wilderness before the doug creek campground, then there's the campground. from just downstream of doug creek to bennett peak, there's a lot of private land with short parcels of public mixed in. if you camp at doug creek or just above it, it's an easy day the next day to bennett peak where there is an established BLM campground. you can camp on some of the public between doug creek and bennett peak, but some of it is less than's almost all private land between bennett peak and the next take out downstream - treasure island. same goes for the stretch between treasure island and saratoga. i've never floated below saratoga, so i can't tell you about that.

before you plan to camp on private land, a lot of those big ranches are heavily patrolled, and the fine for trespassing is $1k. make sure you see the blue sign designating public land before you decide to camp.
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Thanks for the heads up. Much appreciated.
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For a family float, doesn't the put in at 6 Mile involves a couple hundred yard carry?
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Old 01-11-2010   #7
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Originally Posted by HeadWound View Post
Thanks for the heads up. Much appreciated.
There's also a great river map. Entitled 'Upper North Platte River' float map. It details the entire stretch discussed. Rafted and canoed most of it. Downstream of 6 mile gap it is great family floating. The float map covers Routt to Seminoe Reservoir. It is put together by Wyoming Fish and Game. It shows private vs. public lands, campsites, put ins, take outs, and named rapids. They list a phone number of 800-843-2352 for the fish and game office.
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Heres an online map as well...
North Platte River Map Northgate Canyon Colorado Wyoming

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