River Conditions

As of August 20, 2017

 
Front Royal Gauge Reading:

1.34 feet

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 567 CFS
River Level:
NORMAL RANGE
Morning River Temperature: 78
Water Clarity: Clear
Paddling Conditions:

Today river is in the lower part of the Normal Range, a good level for floating/paddling and a about average for this part of the season. With the gauge reading 1.30' and the low range starting at 1.20', we are essentially in the low range and right on track for mid August. Paddling is still quite nice now, but some bumping and scraping can be expected in a few areas. Reading the river will help a lot in areas with ledges or shallows. Remember not to take a real long trip, shorter trips are best when it's hot outside and canoes and kayaks are by far the best choice at this level. Tubes are always a hit when it's hot, just remember to start early enough to finish your trip before closing time. The weather for the weekend looks great with less humidity and sunny skies with highs around 88 degrees. While reservations are not required they are recommended for weekends, especially Saturdays. Fisherman or those that just want to float should consider taking shorter trips so that you are not pushed for time to finish your trip before closing. We are currently running canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, rafts and tubes. 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. Also, remember to always wear your life vest.

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 32the 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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