River Conditions

As of August 17, 2018

 
Front Royal Gauge Reading:

2.35 feet on the Front Royal gauge

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 1,840 CFS
River Level:
NORMAL RANGE
Morning River Temperature: 78 degrees
Water Clarity: Clear
Paddling Conditions:

This morning the river is still in the upper end of the Normal Range, an awesome river level for mid August and well above average for this time of the season. We are running canoes, kayaks & rafts today on all trips & tubes on the normal tubing run. We have good availability of all watercraft today so come on out and get your float on! This late season rain has given us great paddling and floating conditions. We also have good availability for the upcoming weekend, but get those reservations in because it's looking nice and we're always busy when it's nice! 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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