go play outside

  2092 Long Level Road Wrightsville, PA  17368



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 2018
Early Season - Mother's Day Weekend 
Saturday May 12, 2018 - 10am-4pm
Sunday, 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 Weekend
Saturday June 16, 2018 - 10am-4pm
Sunday 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 reservations 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 - 3 Dollar Suit - bluesy folk with a twist
Friday June 22, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Blue Rock Connection - classic rock
Friday July 13, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Silver 63 - classic rock, country & oldies
Friday July 27, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Indian Summer Jars - indie rock - CANCELLED
Friday August 10, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - The J. C. Fisher Band - eclectic mix
Friday August 24, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Bustle & Bump-Half Pint - any decade's best
Friday August 31, 2018 - 6:00-9:00pm - Crossfire 3 - CANCELLED

Shank's Mare's 9th Annual Art & Outdoor Fest -

and our 40th Birthday!
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, 2018

Susquehanna Heritage

Chiques Challenge – August, 2018

Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

Muddy Run Race – September, 2018

Muddy Run Race

Lower Susquehanna Trail Biathlon – October, 2018

Eastern York Area Recreation Commission

Kayak 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