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“Check The Weather and Confirm Arrival Time”

Shenandoah River Outfitters, Inc.
Ranked #8 of 13 Outdoor Activities in Luray
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Reviewed July 12, 2017

It poured the day of our canoe trip (totally not the outfitters fault), but trips are run rain or shine so weather is an important consideration. We pre-booked the 11am midweek special and arrived at 10:30 to sign in, watch the safety video, etc. thinking that we would be departing at 11am. With every other trip we've ever taken - and there have been MANY with other outfitters, the expectation has been arrival at least a half hour before the listed trip time for prompt departure at the stated time. When we got there we were told the trip would be leaving around 11:30 so we ended up sitting around waiting for quite a while. It seemed busy but not over the top, but the service we received wasn't super personal (no assistance getting our life vests, no conversation on the bus ride to the river, etc.). The 40% chance of afternoon showers turned to pouring rain as soon as we stepped off the bus. It poured the entire 2 hour trip - we were beyond soaked. The canoe filled with rain water. Several spots in the river were low and we became stuck. This probably would've been an entirely different experience if the weather had cooperated, so for those taking a trip here be sure to check the weather and confirm your arrival time with the outfitter beforehand. Also be sure to bring a change of clothes with you - the life jackets have a very musty smell.

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Christina M
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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

This was my first time taking a tubing trip with SRO. Their operation was pretty well organized for a very busy holiday weekend. That being said having a reservation is important.

The tubing trip was very relaxed. There is no need for a guide. They drop you off 5 minutes from the office and, about 4 hours later there's staff at the end to help you out and return you back.

The river is not fast flowing. In fact we were little board at times. Bring a cooler and a bunch of friends, and you'll have a great floating party.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Chris L
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Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

The Shenandoah River from 7 miles on either side of SRO is the most beautiful stretch of river in the valley. The fishing is extraordinary and the folks at the Outfitters are life long residents with the expected knowledge and expertise to ensure a safe, happy trip whether floating the day or staying in one of their beautiful cabins. I grew up fishing on property the outfitters has purchased and they have maintained it perfectly. Nothing stays the same forever and that is sad, but to be able to stay there again is heaven. This is a trustworthy, family run business. Don't miss out no matter what you want to do, as long as you are happy enjoying the most beautiful place on earth.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed June 24, 2017

We have a small child of 4 years old and were looking for something not too extreme for her. The Shenandoah River was perfect. We ended up renting a raft. Was glad to have paddles as tubes leave you at the mercy of the current (which is slow). Beautiful scenery, warm water, and the a perfect float for our family. The staff was helpful, friendly, and even shipped my Yeti cup back home (cuz I left it in the store). It actually beat me home in Florida. Great people, great river!

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank svisnage
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Reviewed June 22, 2017

Excellent experience overall - whether the river level is high or low! Cause it's not just the water activities per se, it's the customer care you receive from the staff (they know their business - and the Shenandoah River - like the back of their hands), it's the unspeakable beauty of the scenery, the tantalizing wildlife by the river's edge, the oneness with nature that embraces you as you face the challenge of the rapids..well the oneness with the water that engulfs you as you try to stay afloat after going down Compton Rapids! Highly recommend this for beginner and expert kayakers alike!

Date of experience: June 2017
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