Shenandoah & Potomac River Levels Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Shenandoah and Potomac River Levels and Conditions

Last updated: July 18, 2024

Some trips are running longer due to lower river levels on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.  Guests still report having a fun day on the water when provided with realistic expectations. Enjoy the scenery, wildlife, interaction with our guides, and the warm water temps! Make sure to bring ample water to stay hydrated.  Look up your specific trip on the correct river below for details.  

Shenandoah
Potomac

Trips on the Shenandoah River: Low-water

TUBING & KAYAKING/CANOEING
Trips include:

Low water conditions on the Shenandoah River mean that the current will be moving slowly and you might have to step out of your tube or kayak/canoe to get around rocks. However, if you stay in the middle of the river where the current is the strongest, this is less likely to occur. The river depth varies and can go from shallow to deeper quickly. Guests are still reporting having a fun day on the river. Please listen carefully to our staff giving instructions, their instructions will help you have the most enjoyable experience possible.

RAFTING AND INFLATABLE KAYAK /DUCKY TRIPS (STAFF PICK IS DUCKIES IN LOW WATER)

On a guided raft trip, the guide will navigate through the rocky sections and help move the boat off and around rocks as necessary. Our rafting trip is a great beginner and family-friendly experience. Enjoy beautiful scenery, stretches of mellow water, riffles, and waves. At a certain level, the raft and inflatable kayak (ducky) trips will switch from the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers to take place exclusively on the Potomac River (~2-hour trip). Rapids include a long series of Class II rapids through the  Needles of the Potomac, culminating in the wavy fun of a Class III rapid named White Horse. Riding the bull (the front of the raft through White Horse) may be included based on guide discretion.

Trips on the Potomac River: Low water

TUBING & KAYAKING/CANOEING

Trips include:

The Potomac River has channels of deeper water for navigation. Trip times can be longer than suggested due to lower water. In kayaks or canoes, the trip length is somewhat longer, but tubing more so. The Potomac Peaceful Tubing trip in particular can take up to five hours including the shuttle. In kayaks and canoes, the trip length is still somewhat longer, but tubing will be the longest trip.

*WHITEWATER TUBING (STAFF PICK IN LOW WATER)
Unguided whitewater tubing is an active adventure for 12 yrs & 90 lbs and up! Guests will need to be attentive and paddling with their arms to navigate around rocks.  There is a short, steep hill to walk up at the end of the trip.  Listening to staff instructions will allow you to have the most enjoyable experience possible.

MOST POPULAR TRIPS

Group of Tubers on mellow Shenandoah - River and Trail Outfitters

Float the easy going lower Shenandoah River for the perfect tubing adventure all summer long! Grab your friends and family.

Happy tuber on whitewater near Harpers Ferry - River & Trail Outfitters
Outrageously fun, whitewater tubing and lots of action on the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, WV
Rafters going down rapids on Shenandoah - River & Trail Outfitters

Go white water rafting on the beautiful Shenandoah River and the Potomac River. Raft through 3 states, the rivers meet at Harpers Ferry. Inflatable kayaks are recommended in low water!

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