Updated On: Thursday, April 17 2014
River Level: High
The River Level Is: Falling
River Temperature: 52 degrees
Clarity: Stained - 18 - 36 inches
We are now open for the season, every day, seven days a week. For spring paddling we recommend using extra caution and always wear your PFD, especially today with the river being high and chilly. Please note: the take out at the low water bridge in Bentonvillie is VERY DANGEROUS at this time due to continuing construction of the new bridge. (The danger will diminish considerably as the river level falls.) For now we recommend you avoid this construction zone altogether. The construction company should have a new landing built on river left they say by Easter. For now we are taking out three miles up river at Hazard Mill, and in fact this is a great opportunity to explore the down river section to Karo Landing with the higher water levels. Ample winter snows bode well for summer water levels. I was out on the river last Thursday and everything is coming alive, lots of flowers and birds. Fishing was moderate with good size on Saturday, but slow on Sunday. Hope to see you soon on the river.


Be advised river conditions can change rapidly with sudden storms or heavy rain in the upper watershed. Also, water temperature can vary up to 6 degrees or more in a single day. To find out more detail about current conditions, try these links:

A link to the Luray River Gauge. (Over 6' is too high to canoe, 3' to 5' is ideal, lower than 2.3' is very low.)

A link to current weather radar image

River Level Descriptions

No canoes will be rented when the river is too damn high, no exceptions.
River is swift and powerful, use extra caution at Compton Rapid and the Low Water Bridge. Small rapids smoothed over. Keep those lifevests zipped up.
The ideal canoeing level. Lots of small rapids to play in.
Canoe will bump and scrape some, but canoeists should not have to step out of their canoes. Trips take longer.
Shorten up your trip. Canoeist will have to step out of their canoes from time to time, but even at this level the river can still be quite enjoyable if you take your time.