River Conditions

As of March 24, 2017

Front Royal Gauge Reading:

1.94 feet inside the gauge station. Expected to rise to a little over 2' on the gauge tomorrow.

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 1260 CFS
River Level:
Morning River Temperature: 42 degrees
Water Clarity: Clear
Paddling Conditions: We're open for the 2018 season operating from 9 am to 6 pm on the weekends and 9 am to 5 pm on the weekdays until April 17th when we resume normal business hours. It's a beautiful time to be on the river with all the wildflowers blooming and the waterfowl nesting.

EXCELLENT LEVEL! Welcome back paddlers! Spring is here and the river is in great shape, so get out here and paddle! This is the ideal level for paddling all of our trips. The water is still cool so you'll need to be prepared for the water temperature and the air temperature. Paddlers should call ahead to see if there are any restrictions for the day you want to hit the river.

During the Spring, paddlers should dress in layers, avoid cotton clothing, wear wool or synthetic clothing, have a spray/splash layer (vapor barrier) as the outside garment and bring a change of clothes on the river. It is important to stay as dry as possible and equally as important to keep those life vests zipped up and snug at all times while on the water.

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


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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