Shenandoah River

FISH DYNAMICS

The Shenandoah River is legendary for its bass fishery.  In the late 90’s catches of up to a hundred fish per person a day were not uncommon, but this is not always the case.  In fact, bass are not even native to the Shenandoah River.  You wouldn’t be wrong in calling them an invasive species…. Read more »

eager canoe participants getting ready for their float Downriver Canoe Company Shenandoah Valley River

HOW TO READ A RIVER

We try to inquire “How was your float today?” as folks come off the river.  When the river is low, some will say “It was just lovely” and some will say “It was fun, but we kept getting stuck.”  The difference will often be in how well you can read the river, where the deep… Read more »

two sisters in yellow kayaks enjoying the calm waters Downriver Canoe Company Shenandoah Valley River

KAYAKS

Kayaks come in many forms each designed to fit a certain niche so to speak.  Kayaks were historically used by indigenous peoples of the northern latitudes for hunting and fishing in their icy costal waters.  A traditional Eskimo kayak would be made from seal skins sewn together stretched over a driftwood frame and paddled solo… Read more »

someone spots a black bear among the fauna along the river Downriver Canoe Company Shenandoah Valley River

WHY IS THE SHENANDOAH RIVER SO POPULAR?

“…Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River”, thank you John Denver for appreciating the magnificence of this storied river and the valley through which it flows.  Located just an hour’s drive from the traffic choked beltway around Washington DC, the Shenandoah Valley is an oasis of small towns and open farm fields bordered east and west by… Read more »

a scenic look at the calm river Downriver Canoe Company Shenandoah Valley River

PLATOON – A Big “Oopsy”

Plan your float!  Know where to start, where to finish, and what’s in-between.  And don’t make assumptions.  This is why you use a professional outfitter isn’t it?  That’s our job, to plan your float and inform you of what to expect.  What can possibly go wrong? So I was leaving work one Tuesday evening.  All… Read more »

serene view of river and tent on enbankment Downriver Canoe Company Shenandoah Valley River

SHENANDOAH RIVER HISTORY

The first European settlers came into the Shenandoah Valley almost 300 years ago following the river south from Pennsylvania and establishing the first settlements near Luray and Staunton in 1727.  But first, let’s talk about the Indians who settled in the Valley over 11,000 years ago and were in such harmony with their environment there… Read more »