Current Conditions

Current Conditions for Shenandoah Valley

Updated On:Sunday September 19, 2021
River Level:LOW
The River Level Is:Pretty Steady
River Temperature:72 degrees (early morning)

Open every day, seven days a week thru October 31.  

We were closed for the entire 2020 season last year due to the pandemic. Thank you one and all for understanding. Now that we better understand Covid, we are able to develop proper protocols for operating more safely.

Because of the surge in the Delta Variant, the latest CDC guidelines recommend (but do not yet require) masking up indoors. Our building is well ventilated though, so masking up in our building and in our vehicles is still optional.

And we do ask everyone to continue practicing reasonable social distancing by respecting each individual’s personal space, and continue to be kind to one another.

Please note: All Downriver employees have been fully vaccinated.

Most of the storms this past week totally missed our watershed. So the river level has settled into our “Low” range today after volatile surges the past couple of weeks, but much better than the very low water levels we experienced in July and August.

Weather for today (Sunday) looks mostly sunny and not as hot with a high temperature near 80 and just a bare sliver of a chance of a late day shower. Same-o, same-o for tomorrow.

Remember, during summer outings drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and smear on plenty of sun screen

Fishing had been pretty decent until Ida pushed through, with good size and healthy fish. The surge in river level last week means there is still a light stain to the water. Fishermen out over the past week reported good action, Juan landed 62 fish last Sunday. The water remains clear.

Please remember, river rocks can be sharp and slippery. Make sure you have adequate foot protection (old sneakers or proper river sandals) for all river activities. Flip flops are totally inadequate.

Please note: it is important that you WEAR YOUR PFD when out on the river, especially if you can’t swim, the water is high, and especially at Compton Rapid, you never know……

Relax and enjoy what the river has to offer us today, it remains a stunningly beautiful environment.

Be advised river conditions can change rapidly with sudden storms or heavy rain in the upper watershed. Also, water temperature can vary up to 8 degrees or more in a single day.

To find out more detail about current conditions
click here to visit the Luray River Gauge

Over 5.5 feet – Too Damn High (risky)

4.0 to 5.5 feet – High (pushy)

2.6 to 4.0 feet – Normal (ideal)

2.15 to 2.6 feet – Low (slower)

Below 2.15 feet – Very Low (bumpy)


No equipment will be rented when the river is too damn high, no exceptions.

River is swift and powerful, use extra caution at Compton Rapid, and stay in the main channel. Small rapids smoothed over. Keep those lifevests zipped up.

The ideal canoeing level. Lots of small rapids to play in.

Canoes will bump and scrape occasionally, and trips take a little longer. But the water is always beautifully clear.

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.