Something is always going on on the Susquehanna and surrounding area….
here are some ways to GO PLAY OUTSIDE!Shank's Mare Kayak & SUP Demo Weekends 2018Early Season - Mother's Day Weekend Saturday May 12, 2018 - 10am-4pmSunday, May 13, 2018 - Noon-4pm
For those of you anxious to make your kayak choice and get out there paddling, this is the weekend for you. Check out 2018 recreational, light touring, full touring, and fishing kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on display with on-water test paddles available. Kayak and SUP paddles, kayaking fishing accessories, paddlesports gear and clothing are all in stock. Our 2018 kayak brands include Jackson, Bonafide, Kaku, Riot, Boreal and Evoke. SUP lines include Pulse, Pau Hana, Jobe and Art in Surf. Chat with our experienced staff and learn about and test paddle just the right kayak or SUP for you. Free Program.Summer Season - Father's Day WeekendSaturday June 16, 2018 - 10am-4pmSunday June 17, 2018 - Noon-4pm
For those of you waiting for warmer conditions, this demo weekend will work for you. Once again, we'll h ave all our kayaks and SUP's riverside for on-water test paddles. Visit with our experienced staff who are happy to help you make just the right choice for your individual paddling needs. Gear up and Go Play Outside with Shank's Mare. Free Program.
Can't make Demo Events - no worries...just give us a call any time and we can arrange a test paddle for you. We maintain a demo model of every kayak and SUP we stock.Friday Nite Unwind - Free Live Music on our Front Porch
Shank's Mare's front porch sets the stage for our summer music serie.s Grab some friends, kids, dogs, chairs, blankets & Coolers and gather on the river for some live local music. Pack a picnic or visit our grill station for some burgers, dogs, and trimmings. Come by boat, kayak or car and enjoy great tunes as you watch the river flow by. BYOB welcome. No reservatins required for live music, only for the Unwind Paddle Tour. There is no cover charge, but tips for the band are appreciated. Our 2018 schedule is:Friday June 8, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Band TBAFriday June 22, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Band TBAFriday July 13, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Band TBAFriday July 27, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Band TBAFriday August 10, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - The J. C. Fisher BandFriday August 24, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Band TBA
Shank's Mare's 9th Annual Art & Outdoor Fest -and our 40th Birthday!Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Join us for our 9th annual event celebration Shank's Mare's 40th anniversary. See local artists displaying their works on the lawn as well as local outdoor, historic and cultural organizations presenting their information in booths along our front porch. Family activities include a guided creek hike and more. Food and refreshments are available and top off the day with free live music on our side lawn. This is a great day to savor the flavor of the Susquehanna with art, activity, food and entertainment. Happy 40th Birthday Shank's Mare!
Lower Susquehanna Paddlesports Race Series
For race details, visit the websites listed.Susquehanna Riverkeeper Biathlon - June, 2018
Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Susquehanna Gateway Flatwater Challenge – July, 2018Susquehanna HeritageChiques Challenge – August, 2018Susquehanna Valley Chamber of CommerceMuddy Run Race – September, 2018Muddy Run RaceLower Susquehanna Trail Biathlon – October, 2018Eastern York Area Recreation CommissionKayak Anglers of Central PA Tournaments &
Heroes on the Water Events
Kayak fishing tournaments sponsored by Kayak Anglers of Central PA are held at Shank's Mare and many other local waterways. For more information on this friendly and supportive kayak fishing group plus all the details on their full schedule throughout central PA, tournaments guidelines etc., click here
. Heroes on the Water provide kayak fishing sessions to area veterans and their families free of charge. To get involved or to volunteer, click here
.Veterans on the River Kayak Fishing Event
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
, Trout Unlimited, and Shank’s Mare partner with Heroes on the Water
to provide a day of kayak fishing for veterans and their families. As well as time on the Susquehanna aboard our fleet of Jackson Fishing Kayaks, our honored guests have the opportunity to learn about healthy waterways and all the fine work the CBF and TU do in our area and on the Bay. This years event is in the planning stages, and we hope to welcome an even greater number of deserving veterans and their families for a day of fishing, learning, fun and relaxation with all of us who appreciate their service to our country. We will post more information and a link for registration when available.2018 Event at Shank’s Mare – Saturday, August 25, 2018