2019 River Clean-Up Paddle Event

Come paddle with us!  This is the 7th year we’ve run this fabulous paddling event on the Middle Shuswap river and we need your help.  On Sept. 28th we’ll be paddling one of the most beautiful sections of the Middle Shuswap river, tidying up the shoreline as we enjoy the fall colors and warm water.


Even though this event is FREE, it is important that all participants register for this event.  Please contact us to register, organize rides, boats, and get all the important details.  This is an easy paddle, but does require some river paddling experience in order to safely navigate this section.

Please contact (250)-308-8924 to register.


8:30AM Saturday Sept. 28, 2019.


Anyone with (or without) a human-powered water craft!  SUP’s, kayaks, canoes, rafts are all welcome.  Come on foot to help us with the big job of cleaning up the camping area where we start, or volunteer as a host or driver!


The 2019 River Cleanup Paddle Event will be held on the Middle Shuswap River.  We will begin our cleanup first on-foot at ‘The Meadows’ campground near Cherryville, BC. We will then get in our boats and paddle down to Wilsey Dam (Shuswap Falls).

To get to ‘the Meadows’, turn North off of Hwy 6 onto Sugar Lake Road.  After approximately 5.4km from Frank’s store, you will see an unmarked gravel road on the left, leading you to the campground by the river.

How long will it take?

This is an all-day affair.  Our goal is to start paddling by 9:30am, and arrive at Wilsey Dam by 3pm.  Once we arrive there we will sort garbage, load up boats onto the trailer for the shuttle, and then make our way to the Mabel Lake Community hall for a free hot dinner – hosted by the Mabel Lake Community Club.  You can expect to be back in Vernon by 5:30pm once the shuttle has been completed.  Time on the water will be 9:30am to 3pm including breaks, lunch, and picking up trash.

If you only have an hour or two, please come join us at the start to help clean up the campground, or at the end to help sort and load garbage.

How do I get back to my vehicle at the end of the paddle?

There will be an 11-passenger van and large canoe trailer available to take the shuttle drivers and boats back to the put-in near Cherryville.  Please let us know if you’d like to use this free shuttle, or would like to make plans of your own.

What to bring?

Please bring your own gloves, snacks, water, lunch, and appropriate clothing for the weather.  A detailed packing list will be sent to you upon registration.  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 course to help you prepare.  River cleanup participants receive a 10% tuition discount on all 2019 and 2020 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.



Please contact (250)-308-8924 to register.