Where the Shuswap meets the Okanagan

Kayaker
Tubing

Float the Shuswap River

One of our most popular leisure activities!

Attention: Please read ALL of the following information before heading out on the Shuswap River.  Updated information on river conditions and hazards can be found at Shuswap River Ambassadors Facebook Page

The Shuswap River is a salmon spawning ground.  Please treat our river with the courtesy and respect that it deserves.  Pack out what you pack in.  Ensure that you are not negatively impacting the environment.

Tubefloating is one of the most popular activities in Enderby. However, it also poses certain dangers. Educate yourself about safe practices and how to spot potential hazards. Be aware of your situation while on the water at all times. Please read over the below information carefully so that you can ensure a safe experience tubing the Shuswap River.

From July 1 to August 31, you will see people at hand-launches wearing blue and green "River Ambassador" uniforms; if you have any questions, be sure to ask these friendly, knowledgeable people for assistance!

Read before floating!

  • If you are new to tubing or the river in general, start with the slowest, safest, and shortest route: Belvidere Park to Tuey Park.  If you want to stop early, you can get out at the boat launch north of the Riverside RV Park.
  • All travel times will change depending on the level of the river. The higher the river is at any given time, the faster it is flowing. This will decrease the travel time, but it does increase the danger level on all routes.
  • Every person on the river, regardless of age or strength, must carry and/or wear a Personal Flotation Device and whistle.  It is the law!
  • All routes (and all bodies of water) possess hazards and dangers; educate yourself beforehand and follow all safety precautions. The Shuswap River is a river, not a channel; as a naturally flowing body of water, it possesses many more hazards and unpredictable features than a man-made channel.
  • Don't tie your tubes together or tie your tube to yourself.
  • Prepare adequately for longer floats.  Longer floats can be very tiring and chilling.  Plan ahead so that you do not find yourself cold, exhausted, and frustrated. Bring sufficient water to keep yourself hydrated. We would advise you to apply bug spray.
  • The parking capacity is limited at many of the launch sites.  Please do not park in a way that is dangerous or blocks the flow of traffic.  If you cannot find a parking spot, please select another location.
  • Only get on and off at designated launch sites.  The river does run through or along private property for much of its length and it is expected that tubefloaters be courteous to and respectful of the privacy of those living along the river.
  • Do not attempt to float from Enderby to Grindrod or from Grindrod to Mara Lake. Travel time for either trip exceeds daylight hours.
  • Respect our river.  Pack out what you pack in.
  • Respect other users of the river and those who live along the river.  Common courtesy allows everybody to enjoy the river.
  • Open alcohol and intoxication while on the river is subject to the same laws as a public space on dry land.  Police patrol the river and launch sites regularly.

Please enjoy yourself, respect others, respect our river, and be safe.

Tube Float Times
Location Late Spring and early Summer Mid-Summer Late Summer and early Fall Information
Belvidere Park to Tuey Park 30-45 minutes 1-1.5 hours 1.5-2 hours Map and Description
Trinity Bridge to Belvidere Park 3-4 hours 5-6 hours 5-7 hours Map and Description
Eby Hand-Launch to Belvidere Park 3-3.5 hours 4-5 hours 5-6 hours Map and Description
Cooke Recreational Site to Dales Hand-Launch Do not attempt 2-3 hours 2-4 hours Map and Description
Brants Hand-Launch to Cooke Recreational Site Do not attempt 2 hours 2-3 hours Map and Description

All float times subject to change due to weather and seasonal conditions.