RIVER CONDITIONS


Updated On: Wednesday, July 31 2014
River Level: Low
The River Level Is: Steady
River Temperature: 77 degrees
Clarity: Clear - More than 36 inches
Just a reminder, we are open every day, M-F 9-6, weekends 7-7. For today, the river level has drifted once again into the upper part of our "Low" range, a most enjoyable water level and still a little above average for this time of year. As we move into early August river grasses and algae blooms in the river are becoming noticeable, but the water remains beautifully crystal clear. Please note: the take out at the low water bridge in Bentonville is a bit tricky due to continuing construction of the new bridge. The construction company has reconstructed a small, temporary landing on the west side of the river, so make sure you take out river left and do not get up against the old low water bridge. Fishing has been off this year after an outstanding fishing season last year. Fishing during the early part of the summer was pretty slow, but fishing action has improve dramatically over the past couple of weeks. We have plenty of equipment available for today and for this coming weekend, so a spur of the moment river trip is doable. What a lovely summer so far. Hope to see you soon on the river.

PLEASE NOTE:

Be advised river conditions can change rapidly with sudden storms or heavy rain in the upper watershed. Also, water temperature can vary up to 6 degrees or more in a single day. To find out more detail about current conditions, try these links:


A link to the Luray River Gauge. (Over 6' is too high to canoe, 3' to 5' is ideal, lower than 2.3' is very low.)


A link to current weather radar image

River Level Descriptions

TOO DAMN HIGH
No canoes will be rented when the river is too damn high, no exceptions.
HIGH
River is swift and powerful, use extra caution at Compton Rapid and the Low Water Bridge. Small rapids smoothed over. Keep those lifevests zipped up.
NORMAL
The ideal canoeing level. Lots of small rapids to play in.
LOW
Canoe will bump and scrape some, but canoeists should not have to step out of their canoes. Trips take longer.
VERY LOW
Shorten up your trip. Canoeist will have to step out of their canoes from time to time, but even at this level the river can still be quite enjoyable if you take your time.