River Conditions

Updated On: Friday, July 21, 2017
River Level: Low
The River Level Is: Slowly Falling
River Temperature: 78 degrees
Clarity: Clear
Hit or miss rain storms across the Valley on Wednesday has boosted the river level slightly. For today the river level has settled back into the lower part of our "Low" range, about average for mid July (which means delightfully crystal clear water but you will still bump and scrape from time to time along the way). Weather for today looks sunny and hot with no shortage of humidity and a good shot at a mid afternoon thunderstorm (remember that hat and sun screen and plenty of fluids to drink). We are open today for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing. In fact, we are open every day, seven days a week, 9 to 6 Monday through Friday, and 7 to 7 Saturday and Sunday. Fishing action has been running pretty strong all this week. Monday a week ago, Tom Parsley and his lovely daughter reported catching over 40 smallies between them, most in the 13" to 16" range (a good day by any standard). We have plenty of canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes available for today and for this coming weekend, so last minute floats are a definite possibility. Please note: our campground is totally booked and unavailable the last weekend in July, the 28th through the 30th. What a lovely summer so far. Enjoy it! See you on the river.

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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