River Conditions

River Level: VERY LOW
The River Level Is: STEADY
River Temperature: COLD
Clarity: Dead Clear
DOWNRIVER CANOE COMPANY is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. We will be reopening for season forty-five on April 1st, 2018. We wish to thank everyone for your enthusiastic support over the years. We couldn't do it without you. Lets hope we get some good snows over the winter to recharge the water table for spring paddling. If you need to reach us over the winter the best way is by email. Our address is: somebody@downriver.com but we only check it once or twice a week during the off season. Have a great winter and we look forward to seeing you in the spring.

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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