North Platte River
North Platte Nebraska is located on the banks of the North Platte River. The North Platte has it's beginnings among the melting snows of the Colorado Rockies. From there it flows north into Wyoming, before taking a southeastward course into Nebraska. A short distance below the City of North Platte, the North Platte River merges with the South Platte to form the Platte River, which continues flowing generally eastward until it's confluence with the Missouri River on the Nebraska/Iowa border. I camped right beside the North Platte River just outside North Platte. Here the river is about 200 yards wide and very shallow with a sandy bottom. In mid-July I found the water clear, cool, and only inches deep. I waded all the way across the river, from the spot pictured here, without getting into water much more than ankle deep. It was so much fun that I called my wife on the cell phone from about mid-river and let her listen to me splashing about. It wouldn't be wise to do this when the river is in flood stage.