Shenandoah, S. Fork - Elkton (Route 33) to Luray (Route 211)


Shenandoah, S. Fork, Virginia, US

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Elkton (Route 33) to Luray (Route 211)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 30.5 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
S F SHENANDOAH RIVER AT FRONT ROYAL, VA
usgs-01631000 1.50 - 3.50 ft I-II 00h25m 6.01 ft (too high)


River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett; Also Ed Grove

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
Elkton to Luray is the guidebook section, but many paddle a shorter stretch from Newport to Luray. There is a public access point and a country store at Newport. The rapids above here are slightly milder. At low water the rapids are rocky and fortunately somewhat channelized. At medium to high water the rapids often contain nice, fairly regular waves. Expect a lot of boaters/floaters on a hot summer weekend and exceptional mountain scenery when the leaves are off the trees.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2002-07-16 08:00:17

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 15 2014 (1406 days ago)
Colin AbernethyDetails
Ed Grove's "Classic Virginia Rivers" (ISBN-10: 0963457519) suggests the Newport to Luray section as
well. I ran this with a couple of buddies on 07/12/2014 (1.55' on the Front Royal gauge) and it's a
great section for a relaxing day-trip or for inexperienced paddlers. If you put in at Kite's Store
and Campground, you'll get the bonus of being able to run the Class II rapid at the site of Foltz's
Mill. Just make sure to avoid the far left channel as the remains of the turbine are still present
and can cause serious injury to boat and body. Otherwise the trip is a straight-forward and
relaxing journey with beautiful scenery, tons of herons and bald eagles, and good Class I and II-
rapids that are fun in anything from a tube to a rec boat.
May 19 2003 (5481 days ago)
Fritz CrytzerDetails
6 Nov 02: Ran a 6-mile stretch from Elkton to Shenandoah, Va. Definitly Class I here. The
smallmouth bass fishing was great, however the river is contaiminated with mercury, and the State
recommends eating only 8 onces of fish per month from the river. I prefer not eating any at all!
Good take-out at the Game Department access site in Shenandoah. Pleasant, relaxing float trip with
nice pastoral scenery. Fritz Crytzer


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