River Conditions

As of July 17, 2018

 
Front Royal Gauge Reading:

1.53 feet on the Front Royal gauge

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 782 CFS
River Level:
NORMAL RANGE
Morning River Temperature: 79 degrees
Water Clarity: Clear, over 6+ feet of underwater visibility
Paddling Conditions: Good conditions! We have good availability on all watercraft today. Walk-ins welcome, but get here early!
This morning the river is in the lower part of the Normal Range. The river has settled into the lower part of the Normal Range, a nice level and slightly above average for this time of the season. Best day trips to paddle are #1, 2 & 4 and best multi-day trips are shortened versions of #7, 7A & 8. If you're fishing we recommend trips #1, SP2, SP3 or the fishing special from our base to Front Royal landing (mile 44). Some occasional bumping and scraping can be expected. Guests should allow a little more time to complete your selected trip. Make plans now to get out here and experience the amazing and beautiful South Fork of the Shenandoah River. 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 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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