River Conditions

As of May 22, 2017

 
Front Royal Gauge Reading: 2.37 feet
Cubic Feet per Second - (CFS): 1670 CFS
River Level:
NORMAL RANGE
Morning River Temperature: 70 Degrees
Water Clarity: Clear
Paddling Conditions: EXCELLENT! The river is in the middle of our Normal range. This is the ideal level for paddling all of our trips. The larger rapids will be a little pushy and should be run with more caution than at lower levels. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, shoes that you can wear in the river(no flip-flops), and a change of clothes. Remember to always wear your life vest!

On another note, we are having a blow out sale on used canoes and kayaks. Get $100 off a used canoe or $150 off each canoe if you purchase two. You can also get $75 off a used kayak or $100 off each kayak if you purchase two. Get them while they're still here. See current inventory levels on our Watercraft Sales page. This sale is for a limited time. Sale ends May 26th.

We operate seven days a week from 9 to 6 weekdays and 7 to 7 on the weekends. Come on out and get your float on! #floatwithfro

 

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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