Shenandoah River Conditions

Current River Status

Last updated September 17, 2019

Front Royal Gauge Reading:1.28 feet inside the gauging station
Cubic Feet per Second (CFS):497
River Level:


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.

Morning River Temperature:77 Degrees
Water Clarity:Clear
Paddling Conditions:This morning the river jumped a bit from yesterdays 1.2 but we are going to still call the level upper level Low Range, an OK level for mid September but some bumping and scraping should be expected in a few areas. The best day trips are trips 1, 2 and a shortened version of trip 4. It's a little tough to avoid a couple of the low areas on multi-day trips, so we are recommending base camping and running two single days trips with shuttle service support. If you want to pack your gear in your boats on multi-day trips, you should shorten the length of your trip to avoid some of the low water areas. We suggest starting your trip early so you can enjoy all the Shenandoah has to offer and not be rushed to finish your trip. Those that want to fish or just float along should consider taking a shorter trip so that you wont be pressed for time to complete your trip before closing time. Be sure to exercise extra caution at all rapids, especially Compton, the Ledge & Karo rapid. Join us out here in the Shenandoah Valley this week for some fun in the outdoors! We are open and offering river trips everyday, 7 days a week until November 3rd.
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!
Our store is open 7 days a week for those looking for canoes, kayaks & paddlesports gear.
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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