River Conditions

River Level:
The River Level Is:
River Temperature: HYPOTHERMIA ALERT for the winter season
Downriver Canoe Company is now closed for the season. We will be re-opening April 1, 2020 to begin season 47. If you wish to contact us the best way during the off season is by email. Our email address is somebody@downriver.com, but we only check it once a week or so. If you do venture out on the river 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. Please be aware hypothermia is always a concern this time of year with water temps below 60 degrees. Avoid cotton clothing (sweats or jeans); wear nylon or polyester or better still wool or polypropylene, and always, always wear that PFD. Fishing was unusually slow all this past season, probably due to the record rainfall we experienced all through 2018 upsetting the food chain and substantially reducing populations. Thank you one and all for visiting with us this past season, and we look forward to seeing your shining faces in the spring to begin season 47 for Downriver Canoe Company, a family business. Love from John and Marjie Gibson, son Alex, grandson Andrew, and the rest of the crew............

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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