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North Fork of the South Platte River

Highway 96

Central Front Range, Colorado

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North Fork of the South Platte River

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  • Some areas on the North Fork of the South Platte River are not open for swimming, but they are still beautiful to see.- North Fork of the South Platte River
  • Calm waters on the river.- North Fork of the South Platte River
  • A small pool near the confluence of the rivers.- North Fork of the South Platte River
  • You'll often see tubers on this section of the river.- North Fork of the South Platte River
  • There are a few beaches along the river that are ideal swimming spots.- North Fork of the South Platte River
  • The North Fork of the South Platte River.- North Fork of the South Platte River
  • There are a number of parking areas and restrooms available along the river.- North Fork of the South Platte River
  • There are a few good swimming spots near the boulders close to the confluence of the Platte Rivers.- North Fork of the South Platte River
  • There are a few good swimming spots near the boulders close to the confluence of the Platte Rivers.- North Fork of the South Platte River
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Pros: 
Beautiful river. Great for floating.
Cons: 
A few sections are not open to swimmers.
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Region:
Central Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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The North Fork of the South Platte River is a beautiful stretch of river offering swimming holes, ideal floating conditions, and some of Colorado's best fly fishing. Once you're on Highway 96 near Foxton, you'll see a number of designated parking areas for recreation along the river. You'll want to bring your own tube and be sure that you enter and exit on public land as the river passes through private property in places. 

If  you make it to the confluence of the rivers you'll see the remains of the South Platte Hotel originally constructed in the 1890s. Steven Decker built a general store and saloon, making this a popular destination in the early 1900s that was only accessible by train. 

Be sure to practice Leave No Trace principles when spending time along the river. No overnight activities are permitted in this area.

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