2018 River Clean-Up Paddle Event

Take Action!   The Middle Shuswap river needs your help to tidy up its shores.


Even though this event is FREE, it is important that all participants register for this event.  Please contact us to register, organize rides, boats, etc.


Sept. 29, 2018.


Anyone with (or without) a human-powered water craft!  SUP’s, kayaks, canoes, rafts are all welcome.  Come on foot to help at the start, or volunteer as a host or driver!


The 2018 River Cleanup Paddle Event will be held on the Middle Shuswap River.  We will begin our cleanup first on-foot near the Mabel Lake Community Hall, just below Shuswap Falls (Wilsey Dam).  We will then get in our boats and paddle down most of the way to Mabel Lake.

Directions to the Mabel Lake Community Hall, please click here!

How long will it take?

You are welcome to attend either the ‘on foot’ portion of the cleanup in the vicinity of the Mabel Lake Community Hall, or paddle the river with us while picking up trash, or BOTH!

We plan to meet at the Mabel Lake Community Hall by 8:30am and be back at the hall at 4pm for the wrap-up event.  Time on the water will be 9:30am to 3pm including breaks, lunch, and picking up trash.

What to bring?

Please bring your own gloves, snacks, water, lunch, and appropriate clothing for the weather.  There will be a hot meal served at the end of the day, courtesy of the Mabel Lake Community Club.  Boats and paddling equipment are not provided, but available to rent upon request.

Rental rates for this event are:

  • Tandem Canoe $20 per person (all canoes are outfitted with all safety equipment)
  • Solo Canoe $25 per person
  • Paddle $5 per person
  • Helmet $5 per person
  • Wetsuit $10 per person
  • PFD $5 per person


Please join us!  We need your help to clean up the shores around the ‘Meadows’ campsite before we head downstream in our canoes or kayaks.  You can also contribute by providing a shuttle at the end of the day for paddlers to get back to their vehicles.


Please note that some river paddling experience is required for this event.  Although the river is low this time of year, it is not without its hazards.  Please contact us to discuss your eligibility, or register here for a river canoeing clinic to help you prepare.  River cleanup participants receive a 10% tuition discount on all 2018 and 2019 courses.


Transportation for up to 10 people can be provided from Vernon with their canoes at no cost.  A shuttle will be provided for you at the end of the day to get back to your vehicle.

Available to Volunteer?

We also need some drivers!  Please contact us if you’re available to help with the shuttle.