river canoeing

Upcoming 2022 River Clean-Up Paddle

10th Annual River Clean-Up Paddle – Saturday September 17, 2022

Come paddle with us!  2022 marks the 10th year for this fabulous paddling event on the Middle Shuswap river and we will need your help.  After a busy season of paddling and fun on the river, we will gather to give back to the beautiful Middle Shuswap river, tidying up the shoreline as we enjoy the fall colours and spawning salmon.


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 admin@elementsadventures.com for details.


Saturday September 17, 2022


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


The 2022 River Cleanup Paddle Event will be held on the Lower  Shuswap River.  We will begin our cleanup first on-foot along the banks near the Mabel Lake Community Hall below Wilsey Dam.  We will then get in our boats and paddle down river.

Please see here for map of the put-in. We will provide more specific information

How long will it take?

This is an all-day affair.  We will meet at 8:30am at the river access near Mabel Lake Community Hall where we will start and our goal is to start paddling by 10:30am, and arrive at the take-out by 3pm.  After completing the shuttle back up to the Hall, we will sort garbage.  You can expect to be back in Vernon by 5:30pm.  Time on the water will be approximately 10:30am to 3pm including breaks, lunch, and picking up trash.

If you would like to join, but only have an hour or two, we welcome you to join us at the start to help clean up the at the put-in, 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  In the age of Covid, we ask that you please bring a mask so you can safely travel in a vehicle with others.

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.  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
  • Drysuit $30 per person
  • PFD $5 per person


Please join us!  We need your help to clean up the shores around the Mabel Lake Community Hall before we head downstream in our canoes/kayaks/SUPs.  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 2022 & 2023 courses.


Available to Volunteer?

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



Please contact admin@elementsadventures.com or (250)-308-8924 for more information.