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Water Levels & the NRJ Stoplight

What is that stoplight for?

New River Junction has always been focused on helping people enjoy the River SAFELY. Our water level stoplight is just one more way we have found to do that. The three colors correspond to different water conditions, red being high/unsafe and green being low/safer. Becoming familiar with the different levels will help you plan and enjoy your trip to the Junction.


Closed to Tubing due to dangerously high water conditions.

Yellow LEVEL

All tubers must stay river right and between the two buoys through the rapids.

green LEVEL

Tubers have access to the entire river.

NOTE: Children under 16 must wear a life jacket at all times, stay river right, and between the buoys regardless of the water level.
DO NOT go left or right of the buoys on a YELLOW day, or with children.

River right is the New River Junction / Big Falls Park side of the river.

This is the safest and most fun way! Entering the rapids anywhere between the buoys will take you to the center of the channel where the most water is. When you want to go through the rapids again, do not get in right at the shore. Always wade out so you are able to float between the buoys. The easiest way to do this is to get in at the upper boat ramp next to the grills in the middle of the Park. The River is shallower there, and the current is less strong.