Northgate Canyon | Full Day Rafting | North Platte River, CO/WY




The North Platte is a mountain river running clear and cold, flowing north out of Colorado. Set in a narrow canyon at over 8,000 feet, the scenery is ringed by snow-capped mountain ranges.

Northgate Canyon is the start of your trip through intense Class III-IV rapids like Stovepipe, the Wall in the Narrows and Windy Hole. The trout fishing is excellent and a Wyoming fishing license is needed. Because of its remote “Designated Wilderness” setting, the river corridor offers whitewater, solitude, great floating, play boating, and fishing.

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*Minimum 6 persons

Full Day | 6-12 Miles | Class III-IV Rapids
PRICING: $159 Per Person
Minimum Age:
Groups of 6+ required


The following are included in your Dvorak Expedition: All boating equipment/life jackets/drinking water.All on-river meals (lunch day 1 through lunch last day). By arrangement prior to the trip rain jacket with pants. Eating utensils, plates, complimentary Dvorak souvenir cup, Waterproof dry bags (3.3 cu.ft) for personal gear. Rain tarps for shelter in the kitchen area.


We furnish rugged inflatable self-bailing rafts 12 to 16 feet in length. We provide all necessary river equipment, PFDs (Type V), waterproof dry bags for personal gear, first-aid and safety supplies. There is a guide on every raft and ratio of 1 to 4 on any instructional clinic. In addition, we have rental equipment that consist of tents, sleeping bags, pads, and ground sheets. We also have wetsuit and boot rentals available per day or trip. You can choose to be either in a paddle raft (participatory) or an oared raft, (passenger). Paddle rafts have 4 to 6 persons and 1 guide.


  • Transportation to the arranged meeting point or put-in
  • Pre and post meals and lodging near the arranged meeting point
  • Personal clothing and other sundry items (See list)
  • Possible shuttle of personal vehicle to take out locations. (Request details)


Please limit your gear to 30 pounds in weight. Drybag is 3.3cu-ft. It should be able to be packed into a standard duffel bag. This list should cover everything for a safe, comfortable trip.

  • Compact synthetic filled sleeping bag (not down)
  • Sleeping pad (backpack size) inflatable/insolite
  • Small backpack style tent w/ fly & ground sheet
  • Long john style wetsuit/boots for cold months *optional
  • Long pants (one light weight to block the sun & one warm wool or pile/fleece type*)
  • Nylon shorts or swimsuit under wetsuit
  • Long sleeved shirts (one warm*/one light weight)
  • Non-cotton shirt or poly propylene top (fleece top)
  • Warm jacket*, wind proof or Fleece, water resistant
  • Pair of tennis shoes - tie on preferred or wet boots.
  • Wool socks will help keep feet warm in tennis shoes
  • Sunglasses with loss protector/keeper (with UV protection
  • Sun block (over 5,000' altitude - lots of UV exposure)
  • Hat for sun protection (tie-on)
  • Rain gear by request from DVK or bring your own
  • Small towel / biodegradable soap / shampoo / lotion etc.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries with new bulb or head torch
  • Bandana and a pair of lite gloves for sun protection.
  • Personal items kit (hygiene) medicines etc.
  • Waterproof camera or a very good waterproof case.
  • EXTRA BEVERAGES - PLASTIC containers of liquor, BYO canned beer or soda. An adequate supply of soft drinks is provided. If you prefer diet drinks, please request them in advance. Complimentary wine is provided with evening meals.
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS: Field glasses with waterproof protection, Journal notebook, book, pliers (for use in taking things from fire i.e. coffee, hot water, etc.), Day pack for side hikes & Extra Zip Lock Bags. Small travel pillow or use stuff sac with your extra clothing.

* Can be excluded during warmer weather


Note: (See List for options for rentals) These items need to be reserved and payment is due along with your trip balance 45 days prior to departure. Be sure to give your height, weight, and shoe size for wetsuit rentals.


      $15 Three-season-Synthetic Poly Sleeping Bag
      $25 One-nite :(2-3)persons dome tent floor & rain fly. $50 two+ nights
      $10 Thermarest Sleep pad, self-inflating
      $20 ‘Paco’ Sleeping Pads (Deluxe)
      $10 one-day Long John Wetsuit with booties. $20 two+days.
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Please read our cancellation policy carefully, as it applies in every instance. If YOU must cancel your reservation, you may be eligible for a partial refund. Our cancellation policy is firm. We operate under stringent federal regulations, which restrict the number of guests per trip and the number of trips per season. We incur substantial expenses before each trip departs. In the event of late cancellation, Dvorak Expeditions cannot recover costs, nor can we make refunds. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TRIP INTERRUPTION INSURANCE.


A minimum advance deposit 25% of trip cost per person is required when making reservations. The total is due 45 days prior to trip. Contract deposit negotiations on groups. When cancellations are made more than 45 days before the trip - all moneys are refunded LESS a $100 per person fee. If cancellation is made less than 45 days before the trip, the deposit of 25% per person is non-refundable. With less than 14 days’ notice, NO monies are refunded (this includes all credit card charges).

BY PLANE: Fly into Denver, Colorado (served by most major airlines) and rent a car for the drive to the Routt National Forest "River Access”, approximately 3½ hours. Another option is to fly to Steamboat Springs airfield. With advanced notice and a transport fee, pick up at the airport can be arranged. Rental cars are available in Steamboat Springs. It is about 1½ hours from Steamboat to the put-in point.

BY CAR: From the North: From Riverside, Wyoming follow Hwy #230 south to the Colorado State line where it changes to Hwy #125. It is a 2-3-mile drive from the state line to the (white) Routt Forest Access turn off sign.

From the South: From Walden, Colorado follow Hwy #125 north 4 miles beyond Cowdrey to a "T" junction. Continue north west on Hwy #125 about 4 miles to the (white) Routt Forest Access turn off sign.


The meeting place for a North Platte River trip is the Routt National Forest access site, located approximately 8 miles north of Cowdrey, Colorado on Hwy #125. As you cross the bridge over the North Platte River, look off to the northeast to see a portable trailer where the river ranger resides. There is a white forest service sign ½ mile north of the bridge which indicates the Routt Access turnoff. The rendezvous point and staging area is at the parking lot by the portable toilets and not at the boat ramp near the ranger's trailer. Your vehicle will be left in this parking lot unless we shuttle it to the take-out point. It is okay to go to the boat ramp to drop off equipment before parking your car if necessary. We will rendezvous with you at 8:00 a.m. the morning the trip begins. There is primitive camping available there if you would like to arrive the night before the trip starts. Alternate camping areas are Cowdrey Lakes State Park in Cowdrey or Six Mile Gap Forest Campground about 6 miles north of the Routt Access sign.

Post trip arrangements vary depending on length of trip, water level and weather conditions. We will either leave your vehicle at the Routt access parking lot and arrange van transport back at trip's end or do an early morning shuttle (about 1½ hours) on the first day of the trip and leave vehicles at the take-out point. In either instance, you can plan on being back at your vehicle late in the afternoon on the trip's final day.

First day's lunch is usually 1-2 miles downstream between noon and 2:00 p.m. therefore plan on eating a hearty breakfast before your morning meeting time. Walden is the closest town with cafes.


You will be back at your vehicle mid to late afternoon of the last day of your trip. Although you maybe able to make a connecting flight home from Denver after 9:00 p.m. on the last day of the trip, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delay your arrival in Denver.


We recommend the following for pre- and post-trip:
North Park Motel
625 Main Street
Walden, CO 80480
(970) 723-4271

There is good camping available at "Six Mile Gap". This has water & toilets, access to the river by small hike down. The road access is 6 miles north of your put-in road at Routt Access sign.


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Great day on the river tagging along w/ Will and his raft group. Water was a whitewater me once. Thanks again for the shuttle and the wild afternoon on the Arkansas.
- Tom Schembra


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