Members of the public are invited to participate in the No Wake Flotilla on the Shuswap River

Members of the public are invited to participate in the No Wake Flotilla on the Shuswap River

Shuswap shores up paddlers

The No Wake Flotilla will take place July 27 and all non-motorized craft are invited

The No Wake Flotilla will take place July 27 and all non-motorized craft are invited to join the fifth annual paddle down the Shuswap River.

Last year’s event attracted more than 60 craft, including kayaks, row boats, canoes, stand-up paddle boards and a big canoe from Kingfisher.

“Celebrate the many non-motorized ways to enjoy the beautiful river environment and to raise awareness about the effects of boat wakes on the shoreline, aquatic ecosystem and other river users,” said Jean Clark, with the Lower Shuswap Stewardship Society.

The launch will start at 10 a.m. at Grindrod Park.

A shuttle bus will be available for those paddlers who want to leave their vehicle at Mara Provincial Park.  You can drop your boat at Grindrod Park and then drive your vehicle to Mara Park. The bus will depart Mara Park at 9:40 a.m. to take participants back to Grindrod Park in time for the launch. There will be a lunch and bathroom stop at Mara Hall at noon. Paddlers must bring their own lunches and life jackets.

“The shuttle bus was full to capacity last year,” said Clark.

“In an effort to better manage the bus and timing, the society is asking that you RSVP. If necessary, the bus will make two runs in the morning.”

If you would like to utilize the shuttle bus, reserve a spot by e-mailing lowershuswap@gmail.com or calling Clark at 250-838-7299.

Individuals looking for a shorter paddling adventure can join the group at Mara Hall at noon to paddle the lower stretch of the Shuswap River to Mara Provincial Park.

 

The event will wrap up at Mara Park at about 2 p.m. with refreshments on the beach.