River Conditions

Updated On: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
River Level: Normal/Low, 2.52' on the Luray Gauge
The River Level Is: Steady
River Temperature: 77 degrees
Clarity: Crystal Clear
For today the river level remains in the very lower part of our "Normal" range, a lovely paddling level and above average for mid July. We will operating normally today for canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes. We still have plenty of equipment available for today and for this coming weekend, so last minute shoppers - come on down. The weather for today calls sunny and warm with lower humidity and temps in the low 80's. The rest of the week looks sunny and dry with cooler temps. Please feel free to call us any time for a river condition update. DOWNRIVER CANOE COMPANY is open every day, seven days a week. Our hours are 9 to 6 Monday through Friday, and 7 to 7 on the weekends. Reminders: Wear your PFD (lifejacket), use sunscreen liberally, stay hydrated, wear foot protection that covers your foot. Please be advised our campground is completely booked for the weekend of July 28. Fishing has really taken off with the return of clear water. We hope you can join us soon.

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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