We are Retiring - Thanks for the Memories!


The opening ribbon cutting, a little over 45 years ago by then York Mayor Betty Marshall, began a journey of activities, places, and most of all people for which we will be forever grateful.  For us, it is time to strike out on some new journeys while helping with the continuation of those nearest and dearest to us.


By the end of this year, Shank’s Mare as you know it today will close.  We hoped to achieve several goals as we made this difficult decision.   One was for our building, an 1890’s canal house general store, to be preserved.  Second was for the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, with offices in our building, continue their great work and to grow.  And last, but certainly not least, for the continuation of our educational programs including school field trips, tours, lessons, and rentals.  Having exposed over 30,000 kids to the wonder and importance of nature has been one of our personal greatest accomplishments.


We are thrilled to announce the fruition of all three of these goals!  The Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association will take ownership of the property and continue to grow their mission for sustainable, drinkable, fishable waters on the Susquehanna.  In addition they will continue and expand the Shank’s Mare Outdoor Education Center to create new generations of environmental stewards.


“Bittersweet” is all that comes to mind.  We can not thank everyone enough…customers, staff, and suppliers for working with and supporting us over the past 45+ years.  Hope to see you on the trails and on the water.

Shank's Mare's final day for retail business is December 24, 2023.  Come visit us as we wrap things up!  And, stay tuned for the Shank's Mare Outdoor Education Center to debut in 2024.

Take a virtual tour of Shank’s Mare here.