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Old 07-27-2011   #1
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douglas creek?

floated douglas creek at around 800 cfs in wyoming this year from bobbie thompson campground to the north platte river some real fun class 3 and 4 through 12 miles of beautiful platte river wilderness curious if its ever been done before

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Old 07-27-2011   #2
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Pretty sure done by Anderson bros

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Old 07-27-2011   #3
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yea its been done. AW Listing here
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Old 07-27-2011   #4
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sweet thanks just wondering cuz i know its been done from rob roy to bobbie thompson just didn't know if anyone had gone all the way to the platte only about 3 strainers but not nearly as mank as the upper stretch
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Old 07-27-2011   #5
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My notes from 1991. I probably rated it harder back then

On May 26, 1991, Don Clark, Alan Wittern, and I did a
descent of Douglas Creek from Pelton Creek Campground to the
mouth at the North Platte River. *Memorial Day weekend is a
perfect rime to run the creek because the runoff is at or near
maximum. *The put-in is in a lush boggy meadow, filled with
beavers and surrounded by a dense forest. *The first 6 miles are
mostly class II with a fast continuous drop of about 60 FPM. *The
steady current of the creek is broken several times by large
beaver dams that require picking a slot and paddling over the
edge (low-head beaver dams). *We encountered several trees that
had fallen partway across the river, but none that required
portaging. *The south side of the creek is a steep forested
slope, rising almost 1000' up to the top of the Platte Ridge. *A
pack trail follows the North side of the creek from *the put-in
down to Devil's Gate. *Below here a fishing trail follows the
North side of the creek down to the confluence with the North

Six miles down, the canyon walls pinch together for the first
time and an S-bend rapid into a pool marks Devil's Gate. *This
rapid is particularly notable because it is the only pool-drop
rapid of the entire run and it marks the start of the five mile
long rapid, Devils Gate Rapid. *This may be called Devil's Gate,
but what follows are miles of paddling heaven. *The first 1.5
miles of the rapid is class IV (maybe IV+). *Any particular piece
of this first 1.5 miles would probably rate a class IV, but due
to the continuous nature of the drop, I would consider it class
IV+. *The river roars downstream at a rate of 125 FPM, sometimes
a bit steeper, and some places a bit less steep, but the numerous
rocks in the channel never slow it down and rarely create any
sizable eddies.
**Allen summed it up aptly saying "lots of exploding irregulars",
which were constantly filling up his open boat.
** About a mile into this rapid, I started giggling because after
every bend we went around, our eyes were greeted with frothing
white. *The quality of the whitewater was much better than I had
expected. *The last 3 1/2 miles are mostly class III, freight
training to the confluence.
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Old 07-27-2011   #6
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Thats a great explanation of that run i must admit. Now i cant wait to get on it again at a higher level there is another class 3 rapid in between bobbie thompson and pelton creek campground but that adds another 2 or 3 miles of flat water and the only wood on it right now rest of the float was a great experience!

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