Shuswap River Cleanup Wrapup

Sat Oct 7, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Middle Shuswap River gets its Shores Tidied

On Saturday, October 7 Charles Ruechel of Elements Adventure again lead his yearly cleanup paddle of the Shuswap River. Six canoes with 13 occupants (including 2 children) paddled the river while picking up trash, arriving end of day at the BC Hydro Recreation Park on Mabel Lake Rd just past the bridge.

6 canoes, eleven adults and two young children paddled the Middle Shuswap River last Saturday to pick up garbage left in and around the river.

Discarded tubes, wooden tables, plastics of all sorts, cigarette butts and much more, a truckload more in fact, were retrieved. It took the paddlers from about 10 AM till 5 PM in sunshine and in rain, the river being very low this year and being delayed somewhat by the good soul in Cherryville who offered paddlers pumpkin pie during their travel!

“What was different this year” said Charles Ruechel “is that we partnered with the Mabel Lake Community Club who did promotion for us and set up some hot food and drinks for us at the end of the day and even took it upon themselves to dispose of the garbage!” 

Rita Romei, the president of the Mabel Lake Club said that this event fitted right in with the new mandate of the board which is to become more relevant as stewards of the Mabel Lake Valley rather than just being a social club. “More and more people realize the important role the Shuswap River plays in this community and feel we need to be proactive in protecting it” said Romei.

Many property owners such as Eveline Wolterson and Ken Jeannotte walked along the shore to pick up garbage. “We're hoping that this is only the first of an annual event in the Mabel Lake Valley that engages not only property owners but all who use this river to take part in the cleanup” said Huguette Allen, a board member.

Among the paddlers were people from Vernon, Kelowna and Enderby. Prizes were awarded to the youngest paddlers, Xenia Ruechel and Satori Tam. When asked whether she had been afraid when going down some rapids, she said “No, I was just tooooooo excited!”

Prizes were also awarded for various feats during the day, including the most epic retrieval that went to Lorna Church and Emilia Hladych.

Satori and Xenia (& Leo)          the trash

9:30 AM: Meet at the Meadows Campsite with your gloves, snacks, water, lunch and appropriate clothing. Help pick up trash on shore before the paddle starts. Boats and paddling equipment are not provided but available to rent upon request

2:30 PM: Paddlers will arrive at Wilsey dam around 3:00 PM with the trash they have gathered, and will need to be either driven to their vehicles in Cherryville or brought to the Mabel Lake Hall. Meet at Wilsey Dam at 3:00 PM if you're able to help with the shuttle.

3:30 to 4:30 PM: While some are shuttling paddlers, others will be sorting the trash and others preparing burgers and drinks. We'll be setting up displays of water quality tests taken in the River and streams over the last few years as well as various studies and plans performed by the Regional District regarding protection of the river.

5:00 PM: Food, discussion and prizes for the most unusual garbage found!

Whatever part of the event you plan to join, please let Charles know:

Info about the cleanup activity, about renting canoes and canoeing clinics:


Led by Elements Adventure Co.  Hosted by the Mabel Lake Community Club