The Shuswap River offers enjoyment for canoeists, kayakers, and other recreational users. The river flows out of Mabel Lake through the Skookumchuk rapids. This part of the river is home of the annual Kayak Rodeo and is not recommended for canoeing, swimming or tubing. Between the Skookumchuck Rapids and Trinity Bridge in Ashton Creek are rolling rapids and swift currents suitable for experienced white water canoeists and kayakers.
The river from Enderby to Grindrod, Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake, meanders slowly through many acres of lush farmland, often doubling back on itself.
The many beaches and islands en route provide excellent rest areas and swimming holes. Canoes and kayaks can be launched at the Skookumchuck Rapids (approximately 31 km east of Enderby), Hupel (29 km east), Trinity Bridge, Enderby Bridge, Riverside Park, or Grindrod Park.
Shuswap River boaters may launch their boats in Enderby at the Riverside Park boat launch. Boaters should take note that there is a 10 km/hr speed limit in effect on the river. Please take special precautions for other users. A RiverWatch program has been implemented by all communities along the Shuswap River in order to observe and report unsafe boating behavior.
Spring, kokanee, and sockeye salmon continue to return to the Shuswap from July to October, seeking the spawning grounds east of Enderby. Rainbow trout and whitefish can be found in the river throughout the year. The river is open to sport fishing; please check the fishing guide for specific dates.
*Note: 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!