Shenandoah River Conditions

Current River Status

Last updated May 27, 2020

Front Royal Gauge Reading:3.15 feet inside gauging station
Cubic Feet per Second (CFS):2710
River Level:


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.

Morning River Temperature:70 Degrees
Water Clarity:Slight Stain
Paddling Conditions:COVID-19 pandemic policy:
This morning the river is in the High Range, so river trips will be much quicker than normal. Today we are running canoes, kayaks and rafts. All children under 18 must be in a boat with an adult. Novice paddlers should strongly consider taking rafts instead of canoes or kayaks. Presently we are only running trips 1, 3, and SP3. We will not be running any of our other trips at this time during Phase 1 reopening. All bookings, payment and waivers must be done online from our website. As always, the health and safety of our guests and employees is our utmost concern, which is why at this time we are offering limited trip options. We will not mix groups in vehicles and all shuttles will have a maximum of eight guests and a driver. All vehicles are sanitized after each trip and all equipment is cleaned and sanitized after each use.
**NOTE** Please be advised that all guests will be required to wear a face covering while on property and in our shuttles. A face covering and use of hand sanitizer will be required while in the store. Thank you for your cooperation with these safety practices!
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!

Our online eCommerce store will remain open. Customers will be able to order products for pick-up at our store or to have shipped to your house.

Canoe, Solo Kayak, Tandem Kayak, Fishing Kayak and Paddleboard rental will remain available on a “You-Take-It” basis. Guests will need to reserve, fill out waivers for everyone that will be using the equipment, and pay online from our website. We will have the boats available for pick-up at the time selected outside our office. Please call for long term extended rentals at a greatly discounted rate.

As we all work to limit the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to be vigilant with our safety efforts. We also want to again remind everyone that getting outside in the sunshine and breathing the fresh air, while practicing social distancing, will help ease the stress and promote well being.
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.

Cubic Feet per Second (CFS)

Front Royal Gauge

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Learn more about current fishing conditions, the local weather forecast, and view streamflow data for the entire basin.

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