I was walking along the North Platte River trails with my dog, when I heard a loud pop followed by a rushing water or splashing sound coming from the river.  I thought it might have been an large bird grabbing a big fish, so I grabbed my camera and headed to the rivers edge.  But what I saw was not a bird.  In fact, I had no clue what just happened.  But I got it on video!

As I looked down the embankment toward the middle of the river, the water boiled with bubbles.  Almost like a large pipe burst releasing air, steam or gas under the surface.  And just as quickly as I could get the camera video rolling, it was over.  It almost appeared as though there were two distinct release points underwater, but what caused it?

I've spent a lot of time on rivers and streams all across this beautiful state and I've never been witness to anything like this in Wyoming.

Is there a chance that underwater are in the North Platte?  Was this a gas buildup or some type of air released from a storm drain?  Was it a natural release coming up through the gravel bed?

Following the burst dissipating, bubbles continued to come up from the bottom of the river for several minutes.

I'm not sure what this was, but you can bet I'll be back when the water levels drop this winter to take a closer look before everything freezes over!

Have you ever seen anything like this before?  If so, where in Wyoming?  Do you know what might have caused this in the Platte River??  If so, please leave a comment below and help us identify what is causing this outburst in our river.

Rick Darcy, Townsquare Media
Rick Darcy, Townsquare Media