Gauge Description:

It can be run down to 1.5', but it's getting bony. There is a report of a run in a Grumman Canoe down to 1.3', but that was in the 1960's or 70's and the paddler was the late Wally Foster (RIP) who took special pride in running stuff lower than anyone else in his Grumman Canoe.

Above 1.7 there is some surfing to be had in Staircase and Whitehorse.

A realistic minimum is 2.0, below that you're going to scrape over rocks until you get to the Shenandoah (WV) US 340 bridge.

The stream starts changing character above 3 feet and gets bigger and faster. Most playboaters won't run this below 3 feet. Above 3 feet, several play options open up. This section can be run as high as your good sense and skill will allow.

Above 4 feet Staircase starts to take on some class 4 characteristics.

Expert playboaters love the river around 5 feet, and a couple of local professionals say that at 10 feet the river has some of the best playwaves in the east.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SHENANDOAH RIVER AT MILLVILLE, WV
usgs-01636500 2.00 - 9.00 ft II 00h47m 2.33 ft (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
2.00 -2.50 ft barely runnable-med runnable II gauge is important or has warning
2.50 -3.00 ft barely runnable-med runnable II-III gauge is important or has warning
3.00 -6.00 ft med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II-III gauge is important or has warning
6.00 -9.00 ft a bit pushy runnable-high runnable III-IV gauge is important or has warning
9.00 -15.00 ft barely High-extremely High IV+ gauge is important or has warning

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Shenandoah @3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Shenandoah @3. Millville to Harpers Ferry n/a Glenn Fisher
Shenandoah @3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Account of 07/23/19 n/a Glenn Fisher
Shenandoah [WV] Bull Falls n/a Patricia Hachick
Shenandoah [WV] Classic Bull Falls Drop n/a William Finley
Shenandoah [WV] Staircase Aerial Map n/a Bill Kirby
Shenandoah [WV] Bull Falls Millevile 1.5 John Duke
Shenandoah [WV] Bull Falls - 3rd "Classic" drop 3+ ft RC Forney
Shenandoah [WV] Dash Hole, Shenandoah n/a Matt Muir
2y139d07h23m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Bull Falls n/a Earl Baer
4y16d01h12m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Potoma Wayside Access 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y16d01h12m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Millville Tailrace Access 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y16d01h12m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Big Eddy 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y17d06h42m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Weverton River Access 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y17d07h11m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Harpers ferry Access Workshop 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y17d07h11m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Harpers Ferry Access Site Visit 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y18d04h31m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Millville Tailrace Access Area 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y18d04h31m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Millville Powerhouse Access Area 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y18d04h31m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Millville Dam Acces Area 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y18d04h31m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] Big Eddy Access Area 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
4y18d04h31m /Shenandoah-3. Millville to Harpers Ferry [WV] 340 Bridge Access Area 0 cfs Kevin Colburn