River Conditions

Updated On: Monday, October 21, 2019
River Level: Low
The River Level Is: Rising
River Temperature: 52 degrees at 9:00 am
Clarity: Dead Clear
We had a lovely all day rain on Sunday and are expecting more rain tomorrow (Tuesday). The river level has risen nicely into our "Low" range, but you will still bump and scrape occasionally in places while floating down the river. Water clarity remains crystal clear. We are open today for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting (but not tubing). A little caution is of course always warranted, and it's always a good idea to keep those PFD's on and buckled up tight. Please be aware hypothermia is always a concern this time of year with water temps below 60 degrees and autumn air temps. Avoid cotton clothing (sweats or jeans); wear nylon or polyester or better still wool or polypropylene. We are open every day through October 31st. Our hours of operation for the rest of the season are: Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, and weekends we're open 8 am to 6 pm. Fishing is just mediocre at best (as it has been all season). Tubing season is finished for the year. We have started selling off some of our used equipment, sturdy, well used but still servicable 17' rotomolded Wenonah Canoes for $195 to $295 each (original retail $1100), and 12' Emotion kayaks in good conditions for $195 each (original retail $595). For today and for this coming weekend (final weekend of the year for us) we have plenty of canoes, kayaks, and rafts available, so come join us for your last float of the season........

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

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.

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