River Conditions

As of Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Front Royal Gauge Reading:

3.09 feet on the Front Royal gauge

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 2,860 CFS
River Level:
Morning River Temperature: 64 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained, clearing nicely
Paddling Conditions:

This morning the river level is receding into the upper part of the Normal Range and should be there by tomorrow morning. This is an awesome level for this late in the season. Water clarity will get better as the week goes along as well. For today we are running rafts for everyone and canoes & kayaks for experienced paddlers. What a year it's been here on the river with all the rain and high water, tough year for sure. Feel free to give us a call to get the latest conditions before heading our way. 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!  We hope to see you on the river soon! Used canoes & kayaks are now on sale!

Hello, Mother Nature, I think we've had enough rain, at least for a while...... Please stop.... Please!

2019 boats are in stock 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 until November 4th.

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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