Current Conditions

Current Conditions for Shenandoah Valley

Updated On:Friday June 18, 2021
River Level:Normal, 3.23′
The River Level Is:Falling Slowly
River Temperature:71 degrees (early morning)
Clarity:Stained

Now open every day (weather and river conditions permitting) 

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.

Following the latest CDC and state guidelines masks will no longer be required in our store or while being transported in our vehicles for those who have been vaccinated.

However, 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.

Separate transport and continuing mask protocols will be followed for those who are not vaccinated and those who desire to continue to following mask protocols.

Heavy rainfall in our upper watershed Sunday evening has pushed the river level into the middle part of our “Normal” range (a great level) and there remains a moderate stain.

Weather for today looks sunny and warmer with temps in the upper 80’s, and we’re back into the 90’s for the weekend with a chance of a late afternoon thunderstorm on Saturday.

We are back on for tubing today and for this weekend after the high water earlier in the week.

FYI: River rocks are sharp. 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 in high water, you never know.

Welcome summer………

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
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)

2.1 to 2.6 feet – Low (slower)

Below 2.1 feet – Very Low (bumpy)

RIVER LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS

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

HIGH
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.

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

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

VERY LOW
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.