North Platte River: Casper to Glendo State Park

CLASS - I

GRADIENT - 2 ft/mile

LENGTH - 80 miles

FLOAT TIME - 2 days

BLM QUAD MAPS - Casper, Douglas

PUT IN - Wilkins State Park

PUT IN - Google Map

TAKE OUT - Glendo State Park

North Platte River

USGS Gage Station CFS at Orin.

North Platte River

 

There is a nice park and boat ramp at the Edness Kimball Wilkins Park, 5 miles east of Casper on US-20. About two hours downstream is a county bridge where you have good views to the south of Casper Mountain and the Deer Creek drainage. Just below here is where Muddy Creek comes in from river right and you begin traveling through part of the Big Muddy Oil Field. There is one more county bridge and then a small footbridge before coming to the Monkey Mountain Bridge and Deer Creek Confluence in Glenrock.

About one hour below Glenrock you enter into a long, sweeping bend (Jackie's Loop) above the Dave Johnson Power Plant. This loop takes some time to navigate as it is quite shallow at low flows and the main channel is difficult to locate. The portage at the power plant dam is on river right where there is a small park. Two miles below is a Game and Fish Landing at the county bridge which is reached by taking road #27 from the I-25 and US-20 interchange. Float time from Wilkins Park to here is about seven hours.

Beginning at the Game and Fish Landing below the power plant, the river swings around a large hill and one hour downstream is the Bixby Landing. (This second landing may also be reached off road #27 which continues east to W-93 at Orpha.) Just below the Bixby Landing is Box Elder Creek on river right and down an hour further is a portage around a small diversion dam. Two hours from the portage is the W-93 Bridge. Below W-93 there are a couple of railroad bridges (one hour and then two hours downstream) before you come to the River Park Landing in Douglas. Float time from the upper Game and Fish Landing to here is about seven hours.

Continuing down from Douglas, there are three Game and Fish landings: one at the Anderson Bridge on road #2, and two on W-94 near mile #5 (the second of which is a better landing). Below the third landing, the river make a short cut through some breaks and then swings to the east. Just below the I-25 Bridge is the landing near Orin Junction on W-319. Float time from Douglas to here is about six hours. If you don't take out here, it's another hour to the upper fishing access area at Glendo State Park.

Photo Caption (image not shown): My cousins, Beth, Bill, and Bob Lindmier, borrow Patches for a Father's Day float on the North Platte near Douglas.