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Get Your West On in Carbon County, Wyoming!


River fun abounds in Carbon County. The Encampment river boasts some of the best technical kayaking in the state, while the North Platte River is known for its white water and scenic float trips. Many river outfitters offer fishing packages along with scenic river rafting. The river is at its best for fishing and rafting in the months of June and July due to optimal water levels. In the Saratoga, Encampment and Riverside area there are 12 river access points on the North Platte offering rafters and boaters their choice of launch points. Carbon County is home to Northgate Canyon, a location for extreme white water adventure. There are also plenty of calmer stretched of river for boaters who prefer to take the scenic route. We suggest visitors who are unfamiliar with the rivers in Carbon County to seek out one of Carbon County’s many qualified guide service.

Although North Platte outfitters promote the river as an intermediate-level raft trip, the narrow Northgate Canyon's steep gradient and boulder-strewn channels contain significant whitewater during the late spring and early summer. Several Class III-IV rapids, such as Windy Hole, the Narrows, and Stovepipe, can be very challenging to paddle rafters.

The North Platte's rafting season begins after the snowmelt, when outfitter vehicles can reach the  8,000‑foot elevation Routt Access put‑in, and normally lasts until mid‑July. While outfitters run two-day raft trips through the canyon from the Routt Access near Walden to Bennett Peak in the Medicine Bow National Forest near Saratoga, Wyoming, a shorter 14‑mile (22 km), one‑day trip is the most popular. As the mountain waters mellow near the end of the rafting season, some outfitters offer leisurely float trips through the Routt and Medicine Bow national forests in southern Wyoming.

River Guides - Raft Rentals

Blaine’s Scenic River Trips - Saratoga Specializes in scenic float trips for families and groups interested in wildlife viewing, natural history, Wyoming and local history and geology. Float with the most knowledgeable and experienced guides on the North Platte or Encampment River. Fly and spin fishing equipment, lunch, bottled water, soft drinks, binoculars, guide books, sunscreen and floatation devices provided. 6 Hour and evening float trips. 307-329-5030 307-326-3528

Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters - Saratoga Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters offers full and half day scenic float trips, full, half day and overnight fishing trips raft and canoe rentals and shuttle services for all North Platte River accesses. There is also an onsite fly and tackle shop. 307-326-8561 View Website

SnowyStony Creek Great Rocky Mountain Outfitters – Saratoga Stony Creek Outfitters offers Scenic Float trips down the North Platte River. Enjoy a full day or half day ride. Lunches are provided by request for an additional fee. For the truly adventurous overnight and extended float trips are available. 307-326-8750 View Website

Trophy Room Outfitters – Saratoga Enjoy the scenery of the beautiful North Platte River. Half and full day trips available. 307-326-9613