2020 River Clean-Up Paddle Event

Come paddle with us!  2020 marks the 8th year for this fabulous paddling event on the Middle Shuswap river and we need your help.  On  Sept. 26, 2020, 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. 26, 2020.


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 area around the Mabel Lake Community Hall where we start, or volunteer as a host or driver!


The 2020 River Cleanup Paddle Event will be held on the Middle Shuswap River.  We will begin our cleanup first on-foot near the community hall.  We will then get in our boats and paddle down most of the way to Mabel Lake.

Please see here for directions to the Mabel Lake Community Hall where we will begin our cleanup.

How long will it take?

This is an all-day affair.  Our goal is to start paddling by 9:30am, and arrive at the take-out 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 a 15-passenger van and large canoe trailer available to take the shuttle drivers and boats back to the put-in near the Mabel Lake Community Hall.  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.

Discounted 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 Shuswap Falls 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.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL OUR CLIENTS: We have been given the green light to operate again! We are back on the water with all our courses and trips as of May 24, 2020! - with covid-19 precautions in place. Please see our covid-19 response page for details. More information here