River Conditions

As of April 20, 2019

Front Royal Gauge Reading:

5.14 feet inside the gauging station

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 6,100 CFS
River Level:
Morning River Temperature: 62 degrees
Water Clarity: Muddy
Paddling Conditions:

Heavy rain throughout the watershed has brought the river level up above our rental limits again this weekend.  At this point it looks like the river will continue to rise throughout the day today before starting to recede very early Sunday morning.  We should be able to start running rafts again on Tuesday and canoes and kayaks on Wednesday, maybe sooner if the river drops faster.  Please remember to call ahead over the next couple days to make sure we are running trips before making the drive out. On the bright side, we will have awesome river conditions for quite a while once the river returns to normal! Hang in there!
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River Level Descriptions

Red Above Rental Limit, 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 and Karo Rapid. 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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