River Levels

  • No Go (5.5 ft and above)  too dangerous for any river activities
  • High (3.5 to 5.5 ft) Cruise with caution
  • Normal (2.5 to 3.5 ft) Ideal river levels
  • Low (2.4 ft and below) Clear and slow but still can go
  • Here is the link to the River Gage near Luray for the current conditions

 

Photos & graphs at different water levels:

Here is an example from 2016, we were having heavy scattered showers upstream that were causing Waves to go down river to us. Here is the grid of two of them for June 25 – 28, 2016. The water goes up fast and then down almost as fast with this type of wave.

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These photos depict various water levels:

Low Water Bridge

#1 Low Water Bridge-normal water level

bridge-5ft#1 Low water bridge at 5.5 ft

 

 

Low water Bridge under water

Low water Bridge under water at 8 ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compton's at higher water

Compton’s at higher water

Compton's rapid at high water by drone

Compton’s rapid at high water by drone

Compton's rapid and cliff area by drone

Compton’s rapid and cliff area by drone

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Compton’s Rapid at lower water

Here is a page about our crazy river levels in 2018. https://www.shenandoah-river.com/canoe-kayak-tube-raft-rentals/river-levels/the-saga-of-2018/

For current water levels: Here is the link to the River Gage near Luray for the current conditions

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