River Conditions

Updated On: Thursday, May 25, 2017
River Level: High (for today)
The River Level Is: Rising
River Temperature: 63 degrees
Clarity: Stained
Moderate rainfall last night on already saturated ground will produce a lot of run off, which means dramatically rising river levels over the next couple of days. We anticipate the river level being "Too Damn High" on Friday, Saturday, and probably Sunday as well. As a result, we will not be operating this weekend, and will not be putting anyone on the river. We are able to operate today for experienced paddlers because the big surge in the river level hasn't reached us yet. All this rainfall over the past few weeks bodes well for summer river levels, especially after our relatively dry winter and early spring. We normally begin tubing season on Memorial weekend (this weekend), but river conditions and temperature will delay it for another week or so. Please be advised we are open every day, seven days a week, 9 to 6 Monday through Friday, and 7 to 7 Saturday and Sunday. Fishing has been excellent the past week or so with excellent action and healthy fish of good size (but that will come to a screeching halt with the approaching high, muddy water). The eagles are back. We could use a little sunshine and a little less rain. See you on the river (eventually).

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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