Hey I'm a guide on the Platte and can answer some questions in concrete for you. Some folks have given good info but others are a bit off. Our current flows are ok for fun floats but theer is no white-water. There really hasn't been any all year. At these flows north gate is LAME. Boney and thin. 6-mile offers the easiest wyoming access but I put in on the Prospect Creek side (west side) more often than Doug Crick or Pickaroon side. I use a drift-boat more often than a raft on these waters. I've seen another guide roll (in his vehicle) down the picakroon side and it wasn't good. Both roads are for real but the west side is quicker and the shuttle for the pickaroon side is about 2 1/2 hours to Bennett... for the west side is 1 1/4 hours but you need a 4wheel drive and you can get all the way to the water. I can't carry a drift-boat on my back. You do not want to do this below 500 period. Folks will tell you stories of how they did it lower and tell you you could do it but they just want someone else to go through the shit they did. Just don't pack a ton of gear to weigh your boat down. It's a short quick float. Don't make it an epic. Travelling light... it's the only way to fly.
Millies riffles are a 3 mile stretch just above Bennett peak canyon and can be a nightmare in low water. Not only are you pushing and pulling and nailing boulders but you have the Sangers following you with the four-wheelers and guns to make sure you don't touch there ground. They are not afraid to shoot over the raft or boats or your heads. I have been been flaoting this water for about a month now and have seen some of your responders on the water. Memorial day weekend was crazy. Floatilla after floatilla. The busiest I've seen in a while. I saw the most trash I've ever seen so people PACK YOUR TRASH OUT.
The Bennett peak canyon is nice 3 mile stretch and can be done in a little lower water (350csf) but with plenty of light. I've seen local guides get boats jammed in here so don't let your guard down. Then your at Bennett and ready to go back to Colorado.
We float Doug Crick to Bennett in a day and most local boaters float 6-mile to Bennett in a day at 500csf or more. Anything less than we float 6-mile to Doug Crick and forget about doug to Bennett. I have a fly shop in the Saratoga Inn and offer the cheapest shuttles. Let me know if I can help any further. 307-710-2203 mobile or 307-326-5326 shop RP
We are planning a float trip on the North Platte in WY with a put in at Pickaroon campground & take out at Bennet Peak or Corral Creek (june28 - july1st). 3 days & 2 nights on the river .... a lot of fishing and family fun ..... in a 16' paddle boat....
Looking for feedback:
Is the road to pickaroon all 4wd, hard to find & how long a drive off hwy 230 comming from FT Collins, hard to tell best access from the map?
Is it possiable to access Picaroon from the road on the west side of the river Hyw220 (looks like there may be a boat carry down a 1/2 miles of steeps)?
Is everything down to Bennet PK class ones or less?
Is it hard to find legal camping along the way?
Is it true no permit required ..... open fires allowed?.
Better to leave cars at Bennett Peak or Corral Creek?
LOOKING FOR SHUTTEL SERVICE LEADS.... someone to drive 3 people from BPk/CCk area back to Pickaroon late afternoon June 28th.