River Conditions

As of October 23, 2017

Front Royal Gauge Reading:

1.09 feet

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 405 CFS
River Level:
Morning River Temperature: 57
Water Clarity: Clear
Paddling Conditions:

The river is in the Low Range, an OK paddling level and a little below average for this time of the season. Best trips to paddle are #1, 2 & 4 and for an overnight trip, a shortened version of trip 7. If you're fishing we recommend trips 1, 2, SP2, or custom 1 from our base to Front Royal landing (mile 44). Paddling is still quite nice now, but some bumping and scraping can be expected in a few areas. Reading the river will help a lot in areas with ledges or shallows. Remember not to take a real long trip, shorter trips are better and canoes and kayaks are by far the best choice at this level. Fisherman or those that just want to float should consider taking shorter trips so that you are not pushed for time to finish your trip before closing. We are currently running canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and rafts. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Fall hours of operation have statrted.  The Fall hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. We will be open 7 days a week until November 5th!

Come on out and get your float on! #floatwithfro


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 32the 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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