The North Platte River watershed is revered as one of the most iconic fly fishing destinations in North America, as well as the world. Flowing through expansive canyons and sloping valleys, its tributaries, including Brush Creek, French Creek, and the Encampment River, offer over 20 miles of pristine, exclusive private water access by way of rafts, drift boats, or wading.
Wild Trout Species
Tributary of the Missouri River, the North Platte River merges with the South Platte River to become the “Platte River”, the Platte empties into the Missouri, the Missouri empties into the Mississippi, and then into the Gulf of Mexico. At over 1,050 miles long, the Platte is one of only three rivers in the continental US that flows north/south for over 100 consecutive miles. The river originates about 50 miles south of the Ranch in North Park, Colorado, and flows north to central Wyoming where it starts turning to the East. In North Platte, Nebraska it meets up with the South Platte River and then becomes the Platte River.
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Three miles downstream from your cabin, French Creek intersects with the North Platte River, a much larger moving body of water. The grade on the Platte isn’t as steep and the wading isn’t nearly as challenging, but the flows can be much larger. The banks of the North Platte through Sanger are often lined with rolling hay fields, willows, and cottonwood trees. As the Platte leaves the wide meandering hay fields of Sanger, it enters steep pine tree- covered canyons with dramatic rock formations lining each rim.