River Conditions

Updated On: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
River Level: High
The River Level Is: Falling
River Temperature: low 60's
Clarity: Heavy stain
DOWNRIVER CANOE COMPANY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE ENTIRE 2020 SEASON due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic. The risk to our staff in dealing with often hundreds of people a day from far and wide, coupled with encouraging folks to travel and possibly spreading more misery are issues we cannot overlook. Our campground will also remain closed for the entire season. Please respect this difficult choice we have made by not asking for exemptions or special favors. I sincerely hope we are totally wrong in making this drastic move and the virus fades away, but for us the risk is unacceptable and the future clouded. Stay Smart! Stay Safe! See you next year when hopefully, we will have a much better handle on how to proceed. John, Marjie, Alex, and the Downriver crew

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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