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Old 05-05-2014   #1
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NORTHGATE RUN NORTH PLATTE RIVER

Be aware of a tree in the river above Tootsie Roll Rapid. It was easily passed on the left on Sunday with a flow around 1100cfs. It is above the curve leading down to Tootsie Roll. If higher water moves it downstream it may catch in a much tougher spot, be ready to eddy out.

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Old 05-12-2014   #2
 
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Tree Still in North Platte

The sweeper described by kc was still in place Saturday afternoon (5/10/2014) with water levels around 2400 cfs.
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How was the rest of the run? Did you float below 6 mile?
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Old 05-12-2014   #4
 
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rsmiller, we pulled out at six mile, the rapids from the tree down were fine, big water on this past Saturday.
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Going to be up there this weekend. Is the tree still in the river?
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As of yesterday @ 2700 the tree was still there.
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It is now flowing close to 6300 cfs. I have rafted it at all levels up to 5700 cfs and it gets huge. Has anyone been through there above 6K? We are planning on running it tomorrow and will post any beta on the strainer.
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Strainer was still there at 3400 saturday. Full sized tree.
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Old 05-27-2014   #9
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Ran it once at 6000.
Made it from the put in to 6 mile in 45 minutes. Windy Hole will be HUGE, I was rowing an 18' loaded cargo boat and was convinced I was going to go end over on the second wave. I do not know why I didn't. Hit it square and going for all you're worth.

You'll have about 20 minutes of fast water, lots of stuff popping up at you that can get you into trouble; pay attention!
Cowpie kind of washes out, but still has bite.
OFER (Narrows) will try to suck you into the wall, but you have to get close to it to avoid the shit in the middle.
Then the last rapid, the wave train, is your reward; assuming you are still right side up. Long wave train.

If you aren't fully comfortable in class V fast water, with continuous rowing and lots of hazards, stay off this weekend. If you flip you have a long, long swim out.

If you are comfortable in class V fast water, with continuous rowing and lots of hazards, think twice about it and have a rescue plan.
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We ran on sunday... It was big. Got flipped at the end of teepee and rode on top of my flipped raft through stove pipe! those waves make for a wild ride
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