As of April 16, 2019
|Front Royal Gauge Reading:||
7.45 feet inside the gauging station
|Cubic Feet per Second (CFS):||11,500 CFS
|Morning River Temperature:||58 degrees
NO RIVER TRIPS TODAY The river has started to drop, but it will be a few days before we will be able to start running trips again. Once the river drops below 5 feet we will open up raft trips for experienced paddlers followed by hard boats. We should be back to more normal river level by the weekend.
Our store is now open 7 days a week for those looking for gear, so come on by and scoop up some of our early season deals on remaining 2018 products (most 20% off).
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