River Conditions

Updated On: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
River Level: High
The River Level Is: Falling Slowly
River Temperature: 61 degrees
Clarity: Muddy still
DOWNRIVER CANOE COMPANY is now open for the 2019 season. We are open every day, seven days a week. Our hours for April are 9 to 5 Monday thru Friday, and 8 to 6 Saturday and Sunday. Heavy rainfall last Friday evening is still affecting the river level keeping it in the "High" range for today. We will be operating for rafts only today, and no small children. Keep those PFD's on and buckled up tight. The river had been looking healthy and strong this Spring as a result of the record rainfall throughout 2018. Fishing has been pretty nonexistent the past couple of weeks with all the high, muddy water. Good fishing will return when the river clarity improves (hopefully by the weekend). Early spring is my favorite time of the year to float with all those blue bells and daffodils and all that lime green. The river awaits........

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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