River Conditions

Updated On: Saturday, September 22, 2018
River Level: still Too Damn High
The River Level Is: Falling Slowly
River Temperature: 70 degrees
Clarity: Muddy
Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Florence across our already saturated watershed on Monday and Tuesday has produced a flooded river. We will not be operating this weekend due to the high water. STAY OFF THE RIVER for now. We anticipate being able to operate again by Monday provided we don't get any more significant rainfall (which is forecast). Hopefully, this big storm will mark the end of this rainy phase, and October will be delightful with sunny, warm days and a great river level. Please feel free to call us anytime for an up to the minute river condition and weather update. DOWNRIVER CANOE COMPANY is open every day, seven days a week through October 31. Our hours are now 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, and 8 to 6 on the weekends. Reminders: Wear your PFD (lifejacket), use sunscreen liberally, stay hydrated, wear foot protection that covers your foot. Fishing has been generally poor this year due mostly to the volatile weather, and that trend continues. It has been a record setting summer for rainfall this year. We hope you can make it out after things settle down.

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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