River Conditions

Updated On: Monday, April 6, 2020
River Level: Normal
The River Level Is: Steady
River Temperature: upper 50's
Clarity: Clear
DOWNRIVER CANOE COMPANY IS CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST JUNE 10th, and very possibly beyond that date depending on the public health circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak. When and if we do open this season it will probably be on a quite limited basis, but protecting our staff and public health will remain our top priority. Hopefully, we will eventually be able to offer some measure of relief from the anxiety and stress of the new reality, but It is indeed possible we may eventually elect to mothball our operation for the whole season. At this point we just don't know. We will continually reassess and make decisions as events unfold. Just wanted to keep you informed. Stay safe...... John, Marjie, Alex, and the Downriver 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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