River Conditions

Updated On: March 23, 2017
River Level: Low
The River Level Is: Steady
River Temperature: Mid to upper 40's
Clarity: Dead Clear
We will be reopening for season 44 on April 1, 2017. From that date forward we will be open every day, seven days a week. Our April hours are 9 to 6 Monday through Friday, and 8 to 6 on Saturday and Sunday. We have had a warm, dry winter out here in the Valley with almost no snow. As a consequence we are starting off the season with a "Low" river level this year. Hopefully we will see a wet spring, but for now canoes will bump and scrape here and there. The water is beautifully crystal clear right now (but still pretty chilly). We're looking forward to getting out there ourselves. See you on the 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


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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