River Conditions

As of April 30, 2017

 
Front Royal Gauge Reading: 3.12 feet in the gauging station
Cubic Feet per Second - (CFS): 2720 CFS
River Level:

HIGH RANGE

Morning River Temperature: 69 Degrees
Water Clarity: Stained, but clearing nicely
Paddling Conditions:

Excellent! The river is fast and powerful at this level. Trip times will be quicker than normal and the larger rapids will be a little pushy and should be run with more caution than at lower levels. We are back running canoes, kayaks and rafts on all trips. While the river is in the high range, all paddlers should be strong swimmers and have paddling experience.

Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, shoes that you can wear in the river, and a  change of clothes. Remember to always wear your life vest!

We are operating on our early season hours, which are weekdays from 9 to 5 and weekends from 8 to 6 until May 1 when we will resume our normal hours of 9 to 6 weekdays and 7 to 7 on the weekends.

 

River Level Descriptions

 
Red Above Rental Limits, no watercraft will be rented when the river is in the red zone. 5.1 feet and above we will not rent any watercraft, no exceptions.
Orange Very High - Rafts Only, river is swift, powerful and muddy, use extra caution at Compton Rapid, Karo Rapid and the Low Water Bridge. Small rapids are smoothed over. Stay in the middle of the river to avoid trees and other obstacles. Contact Front Royal Canoe for information on age restrictions. 4 to 5 feet on the Front Royal Gauge.
Yellow High, river is swift and powerful, use extra caution at Compton Rapid, the Ledge, Karo Rapid and the Low Water Bridge. Small rapids are smoothed over. 3.0 to 3.99 feet on the Front Royal Gauge.
Green Above normal, ideal paddling level, some rapids may be a little pushy! 2.3 to 2.99 feet on the Front Royal Gauge.
Normal, the ideal paddling level. Lots of nice rapids to play in. 1.7 to 2.29 feet on the Front Royal Gauge.
Below Normal, watercraft may bump and scrape some, paddlers may have to step out of their watercraft from time to time. Trips take a little longer. 1.2 to 1.69 feet on the Front Royal Gauge.
Blue Low, Shorten up your trip. Paddlers will have to step out of their watercraft from time to time, but even at this level the river will still be quite enjoyable if you take your time. Below 1.19 feet on the Front Royal Gauge.

NOTE: Be advised that river conditions can change rapidly with sudden storms or heavy rain in the upper watershed. Also, water temperature can vary as much as six degrees or more in a single day.
Current Fishing Conditions- check out this page for the latest scoop on what's hitting and what to use!

Local Weather Forecast - check out the Shenandoah Valley and Front Royal area weather before you come out.

Virginia District Real -Time Streamflow Data - determine current river levels.

Summary for the Potomac, Shenandoah and Rappahannock River Basins - United States Geological Survey

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