Updated On: Wednesday, July 23 2014
River Level: Low
The River Level Is: Steady
River Temperature: 81 degrees
Clarity: Clear - More than 36 inches
Just a reminder, we are open every day, M-F 9-6, weekends 7-7. Light showers in the Valley again yesterday are keeping the river level steadily above average for late July. So for today, the river level remains in the middle part of our "Low" range, a most enjoyable water level and still a little above average for this time of year. As we drift into late July river grasses and algae blooms in the river are becoming noticeable. There is a possibility of storms developing this afternoon as well. Please note: the take out at the low water bridge in Bentonville is a bit tricky due to continuing construction of the new bridge. The construction company has reconstructed a small, temporary landing on the west side of the river, so make sure you take out river left and do not get up against the old low water bridge. Fishing has been off this year after an outstanding fishing season last year. I would say fishing is only fair so far with spurts of activity at certain times or in certain places (but big fish are still occasionally being caught). We have plenty of equipment available for today, and for this coming weekend, so a spur of the moment river trip is doable. Please be advised our campground is completely booked for this coming weekend. What a lovely summer so far. Hope to see you soon on the river. (note: If you are a French citizen and you want to be featured on a French television story about the Shenandoah Valley, then be here on Friday, July 25 for you shot at fame and fortune.)


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.