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This page describes the experience of being at the Platte River on the Oregon Trail.

Platte River

Platte River

Important Shallow River

The Platte River played a crucial role in America's westward expansion. Significant portions of the Oregon and Mormon Trails followed the shallow river. The Platte River is one of the most important migratory stopovers for waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, and the endangered Whooping Crane.

Length: apx. 990 miles (total length of the Platte and the North and South Platte Rivers)
Source: Eastern Rocky Mountains
Outflow: Missouri River

Next Stop: Great Plains

Oregon Trail Map

Oregon Trail Stops

Independence
Platte River
Great Plains
Chimney Rock
Fort Laramie
Soda Springs
Rocky Mountains
Fort Boise
The Dalles
Oregon City

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