Platte River Professional Review and Guide
"Challenging in its upper reaches, the Platte turns into a placid, family-friendly float as it nears Lake Michigan. The Platte River offers two vastly different paddling experiences, depending on whether you put in above or below Platte Lake.
For much of the 9-mile segment upstream of the lake, the river races along at a swift pace. Intermediate paddlers will enjoy maneuvering through narrow passages to avoid the logjams, sweepers, gravel bars, and other obstacles that litter this stretch. Beginners, on the other hand, are better off starting downstream of the lake."