Shenandoah River Conditions

Current River Status

Last updated August 13, 2022

River Gauge Readings: 1.64 feet at the Front Royal Gauge
Cubic Feet per Second (CFS): 963
River Level:

Lower Normal Range - 1.2 to 1.69 on the Front Royal Gauge

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.

Morning River Temperature: 78 Degrees
Water Clarity: Slight stain
Paddling Conditions: We received a nice little boost in the river level from the heavy rain Wednesday afternoon, but the river has started to recede a bit. This morning the river is in the lower part of the Normal Range, a nice level and a little above average for this time of the season. Best day trips are still 1 & 2. Longer trips take more time than normal to complete and will difficult sections. Rafts are only running on trips 1 & 2. The State Park trips begin to get a little harder to get through without getting stuck below 1.9 on the gauge, below 1.6 we strongly recommend selecting a non-State Park trip. We are running canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes and paddle boards. Please check this page prior to coming out to the river to see if there are any restrictions in place. See you on the river!
Remember to bring plenty of drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, shoes that you can wear in the river, and a change of clothes. Also. remember to always wear your life vest!
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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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Front Royal Outdoors

Shenandoah Tubing & River Adventures

Stay, play, and make a day of floating the Shenandoah River! Front Royal Outdoors is your premier outfitter for Shenandoah River adventures. Whether you’re looking for a short day, longer day, or multi-day river float, we have the perfect trip for you and your group. Choose from our various watercraft offerings to provide the best Shenandoah River experience.

Shenandoah River tubing is one of our most popular trips! A mellow float on a sunny day provides for a relaxing escape in nature. Dip your toes in the water and let the river take you from Karo Landing to our Front Royal Outdoors river headquarters. It’s just that easy!

We also accommodate guests on Shenandoah River kayaking, canoeing, rafting, SUP, and fishing adventures. These trips depart and end in various locations. You get to choose how long you float (as long as you are back before we close)! Where necessary, your shuttle is included in your booking. We can’t wait to see you on the river!

Additional Links

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

Choose From Our Favorite Half Day Trips

3 Miles
3-4 Hours
Karo Landing to Front Royal Outdoors

The perfect group escape into nature! Enjoy this scenic and relaxing Shenandoah Tubing trip. Trip 1 floats from Karo Landing, river mile marker 37, downstream 3 miles to our base at Front Royal Outdoors, river mile marker 40. When booking your trip, remember to add on a cooler carrier for your cooler. When the sun is shining and the river current propels you, there’s no better way to spend a day.

Trip #2 All Watercrafts

7 Miles
3-4 Hours
Karo Landing to Front Royal Landing

Most popular half-day watercraft trip! Float from Karo Landing, river mile marker 37, downstream 7 miles to Front Royal Landing, river mile marker 44. Along the way, you’ll encounter scenic views and enjoy the company of friends in nature. This experience has multiple launch times and fits in perfectly with many Shenandoah National Park hikes

Trip #1 All Watercrafts

3 Miles
1-2 Hours
Karo Landing to Front Royal Outdoors

The most popular short trip including all of our paddlesports watercraft! Trip 1 floats from Karo Landing, downstream 3 miles to our base at Front Royal Outdoors. This easy river float is perfect for quick family excursions on the Shenandoah River.