River Conditions

As of Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Front Royal Gauge Reading:

6.37 feet on the Front Royal gauge and receding

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 8,750 CFS
River Level:
Morning River Temperature: 73 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained
Paddling Conditions:

This morning the river has receded, but is still above our rental limits. The forecast has showers the next several days, so it looks like we will not be putting boats out today (Tuesday) or Wednesday. As far as trips go for Thursday & Friday, we'll have to wait and see what the river level is Thursday morning before making that decision. We hope to be able to run trips this weekend and should be able to make that call by Friday afternoon. Fingers crossed! Our planned kayak demo days for this weekend have been postponed to the following weekend due to the high river level here at our landing. Just not a good river level to try boats. We are open everyday to check out at the new boats. 2019 boats are in from Old Town, NuCanoe & Bonafide. Novacraft Canoes will be here in a couple weeks.

Please note that we have moved to our fall hours. Weekdays 9 AM to 5 PM & Weekends 8 AM to 6 PM.

What a year it's been here on the river! Feel free to give us a call to get that latest conditions before heading our way. This late season rain has given us great paddling and floating conditions, when we're able to get on the water. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, shoes that you can wear in the river (no flip-flops), and a change of clothes. Also, remember to always wear your life vest when on the water! Note: all this rain will keep the river level great through the rest of the season. We are open from 9 am to 6 pm weekdays and from 7 am to 7 pm on the weekends every day until November 4th. We hope to see you on the river soon!

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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