Upper North Platte
Solitude, beauty, and diversity best describe the two hundred and sixty or so miles of trout water on the North Platte. The snow fields of three wilderness areas give birth to this amazing fishery which begins in Colorado and flows north into Wyoming around the Snowy and Laramie mountain ranges before turning south east towards Nebraska. The upper North Platte river flows through the Medicine Bow National Forest and access is easy down to Big Creek (below which there are public and private sections) but this region is a long drive from anywhere. The river has a relatively steep gradient in this section with rapids, large boulders, and narrow canyons. There are few drift boat opportunities outside of the runoff season, but launching a personal watercraft or raft as runoff picks up can be a rewarding experience. Through summer and fall, the upper Platte is a wade fishing proposition for the most part. Expect to fish alongside deer, elk, coyotes, eagles, and other wildlife in this wild and remote stretch of river. The upper stretches from 6 mile gap to Bennet Peak campground are excellent salmonfly water while Treasure Island, Saratoga and the lower reaches of the upper river offer excellent Green Drake hatches if flows and weather cooperate.
The typical float season for the Upper Platte is from late May to July.
Upper North Platte Canyon & North Park Waters*Walk/Wades also available ----Full Day Only
*Additional rod fee for private water on North Park Waters.
-Guiding permit is located within the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests-