River Conditions

Updated On: Thursday, February 7, 2018
River Level: Normal
The River Level Is: Steady
River Temperature: 45 degrees
Clarity: Stained
DOWNRIVER CANOE COMPANY is CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON. We will be re-opening April 1, 2019 to begin season forty-six. For those paddling during the off season please remember hypothermia is a real concern this time of year. Wear polyester, nylon, wool, or some other material that wicks moisture (avoid cotton), and keep those PFD's buckled up tight. Thank you one and all for your wonderful support through this challenging past weird weather season. Have a great winter and we hope to see you in the spring.

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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