Location: just a few miles north and west from Plattville.
Shuttle Length: 5.0 miles. (See details in "Directions" Tab.)
Character: Rock bottom river bed creates numerous ripple rapids with several areas of curves against a limestone bank.
Put-in is approximately 828' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 746' elevation.
Thus total elevation change is approximately 82'.General Overview
A local run for boaters in the southwest part of the state (near Platteville).
Please respect property owners and access the stream close to the bridges.
Be on the lookout for a fence in the river approximately 1.5 miles from put-in.
I would recommend using the stage gauge on the main Platte instead of the of the cfs gauge on the Grant. Anything 4.5 feet and rising or better on the Platte should be enough to get down it. I've run it once at 8.5 feet and steady and it was super fun. Tons of catch-on-the-fly play.
Im not sure which guage to refer to so Ill use both. I ran the Little Platte today (9/5/2010) and the guage said 120csf and 4.34ft. It was very low and i spent a lot of time scraping the bottom. There are a few nice ledges that could become almost Class II if the water was a lot higher. From County Road B to the take out is the better half of the run as far as size of rappids go. The barbed whire is still accross the river. This is a pretty run but if you're looking for a thrill this is NOT the place unless the flow atleast doubled. At this level I would be pushing it to say that it is a Class I. Hope to run it again at spring flow levels.
Paddled this May 16, 2010. Gauge on Platte was 4.50. Very fun little section, Some of the rapids involved a bit of scraping. Nothing serious and never had to get out/drag. Smooth paddling from start to finish. There were a few trees blocking part of the stream, but nothing that had to be portaged around. The barbed wire across the stream is still there. Other downside is that the water was pretty cloudy, probably due to recent rains and quite a bit of ag runoff in the area. Oh and that I did not bring my camera, some sections are quite pretty.
A group of us ran the Little Platte twice, 8/27 and 8/29/2007. Both times the gauge on the Platte River was around 4.6 Ft. There are numerous ripple rapids due to the rock bottom of the river bed, several nice curves against a limestone bank and a few drops which would be interesting at higher water. There is still a two strand barbed wire fence across the river about a mile and a half from the put-in on Old Lancaster Road.
We have no information regarding any boater's gauge on this river. (Likely just visual inspection -- if it looks runnable, go for it.)
Generally runnable only in spring or after heavy rains.
*Cited Virtual Gauge uses the USGS gauge on the Grant River at Burton, about 20 miles due west. With a drainage area of 269 square miles, it is more than three times the drainage of the Little Platte (about 80 square miles at a former gauge near the listed take-out). Correlation is not assured. Expect 'false reads' of boatability, especially since this smaller watershed is likely to rise and fall faster then the larger watershed of the USGS gauge.
Similarly, current min/max 'Recommended Flow' values are merely untested guesses. We welcome input (via the 'Comments' tab) from anyone who boats this reach, as to recommendations about adjustments needed to min/max values, and/or how well this virtual gauge works out.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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