River Conditions

As of March 30, 2017

 
Front Royal Gauge Reading: 1.57 feet, rising slightly
Cubic Feet per Second - (CFS): 770 CFS
River Level:
Normal Range
Morning River Temperature: 63 Degrees
Water Clarity: Clear
Paddling Conditions:

The river is in the lower part of the Normal Range, an ok paddling level. We have had a very dry January & February and as a result the river is lower than normal for this time of the season. Best 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).

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 operating on our early season hours, which are weekdays from 9 to 5 and weekends from 8 to 6. We will be closed Wednesday & Thursday. 7 day a week schedule starts on April 1st.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this spring.

 

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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