River Conditions

Updated On: Friday, August 23, 2019
River Level: Low
The River Level Is: Steady
River Temperature: 77 degrees at 9:00 am
Clarity: Dead Clear
We are expecting a mostly cloudy day with off and on showers all day and much cooler temperatures with highs only in the mid to upper 70's. The weekend looks glorious with sunny skies, temps in the low 80's, and low humidity, nice. For today the river level has risen a little to settle in the middle part of our "Low" range (slightly above average for late August, so you will bump and scrape in places). We are open today for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing. A little caution is of course always warranted, and it's always a good idea to keep those PFD's on and buckled up tight. We are open every day, Monday through Friday from 9 to 6, and 7 to 7 on the weekends. Fishing conditions continue to be good, but fishing has been much slower than usual all season, probably as a result of all the high water events last year which diminished populations, and now an added abundance of small bait fish in competition with your fishing bait. That's speculation though (today may be a fantastic fishing day, you never know). Fishing last Sunday was actually decent. We have plenty of canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes available for today and for this weekend, so come join us for a relaxing day of splashing around in the crystal clear waters of the legendary Shenandoah 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

TOO DAMN HIGH

No canoes will be rented when the river is too damn high, no exceptions.

HIGH

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.

NORMAL

The ideal canoeing level. Lots of small rapids to play in.

LOW

Canoe will bump and scrape some, but canoeists should not have to step out of their canoes. Trips take longer.

VERY LOW

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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