Safety and Behavior on the River

Front Royal Outdoors cares about the safety of you and your family, which is why we have prepared this area of our site.

On this page you will find tips to help make your outing safer, while also complying with the laws of Virginia and respecting the local residents who call the Shenandoah home.


High Water and Strong Currents: Muddy water, floating debris, and water into tree/bank line are dangerous. Check levels before launching.
Strainers and Sweepers: Downed or fallen trees and instream objects are a serious threat. Keep clear of side channels and overhanging banks. Be Alert!
Sharp Rocks and Uneven River Beds: Uneven river bottoms create hydraulics and foot entrapment opportunities. Never attempt to stand in swift water.
Hydraulics: Even small ledges, dams, and low water bridges create powerful hydraulics which can trap boaters and equipment. Know how to spot them and check with outfitters before launching.
Heat Exhaustion - Dehydration: Often overlooked in warm weather. Keep well hydrated and protected from the sun. Sunburn is the #1 boating injury on the river.
Alcohol and Intoxicants: Your life might depend on keeping a clear head. Save the drunken stupor for somewhere else. See the "ITS THE LAW" insert below.
Weather: Changes in weather, cool days and thunderstorms, all create special problems. Be prepared by bringing rain gear and extra clothing in a waterproof container.


There Is No Bad Weather.....Just Bad Preparation!


It's The LAW! 

Boating while intoxicated-(BWI)-is illegal. Consumption or display of alcohol at public boat launches and State Parks is strictly prohibited and heavily enforced. Don't risk arrest!

It is illegal to be on the Shenandoah River without a lifevest (PFD) of proper size and good condition.

Littering in Virginia is illegal. Keep the river beautiful for others to enjoy and pack out all trash!

River Etiquette: Your Behavior is Your Responsibility! 

Do NOT Trespass: The number one complaint from local landowners is the result of river users trespassing on private property. We support arrest for all folks who violate trespass laws. 

Don't Trash The River: Most guests exhibit excellent outdoor ethics and leave no trace that they were ever on the river. However....some still just don't get it! Please respect our river by not littering. Trash In....Trash Out. 

Respect Other River Users: Everyone has the right to use the river as they wish. Guests are expected to be considerate of all river users, especially anglers. This is especially true for guests renting Tubes.

DOTR (Drunks on the river): Drinking in public...especially while floating the not only stupid but also dangerous. Most drowning deaths involve alcohol and no life vest. Tubers are especially notorious in this regard. Please leave the party for home...speaking of do you plan to get there? Driving Drunk endangers everyone! If you plan to party, please do it somewhere else. We support arrest for river users who are drunk! 

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