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Special Events


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 Day 2020
Early Season -  Saturday May 9, 2020 - 10am-4pm
For those of you anxious to make your kayak choice and get out there paddling, this is the day for you.  Check out 2020 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 2020 kayak brands include Jackson, Bonafide, Kaku, Liquidlogic and Evoke.  SUP lines include Pau Hana and Bic.  Chat with our experienced staff and learn about and test paddle just the right kayak or SUP for you.  Free Program.
Summer Season - Saturday June 6, 2020 - 10am-4pm
For those of you waiting for warmer conditions, this demo day 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 series.  Grab some friends, kids, dogs, chairs, blankets & Coolers and gather on the river for some live local music.  On-site food service is available from a unique food truck scheduled for each Friday Nite Unwind. 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.  2020 Schedule TBA.

Shank's Mare's 11th Annual Art & Outdoor Fest -

and our 42nd Birthday! - Sat. August 1, 2020Join us for our 11th annual event celebration Shank's Mare's 42nd 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. 

Second Annual Dam Bridge Race

Saturday, September 26, 2020
Option of 3 races along the Susquehanna River on Lake Clarke.
Kayaks or Stand-Up Paddleboards
Race 1 - 10 miles
Race 2 - 3.5 miles
Race 3 - 1 mile
Held at Lock 2 Recreation Area and Shank's Mare 
on the Susquehanna River.
Bands, beer, food and family fun.
Sponsored by Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
In support of clean water! 
For more information contact  Rain Date - Sept. 29, 2019

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 Susquehanna Kayak Fishing Event
at Shank's Mare
Saturday, August, 2020 (exact date tba), 1:00-5:00pm - Dinner 5:30-7:30pm

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation 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 Heroes on the Water do in our area and on the Bay. We hope to welcome 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. Here is the link to register

Susquehanna Holiday Trail

Friday November 29 thru Sunday December 8, 2019

Visit all of our partners for this event and enjoy a scenic day on the river shopping, enjoying unique experiences and holiday ideas.  At Shank's Mare enjoy refreshments, holiday promotions, and a free gift with every purchase as supplies last.  

Pick up your passports at any of the 7 locations, and get it stamped at each location as you visit.  Leave it at your last stop and it will be included in a drawing to win 1 of 3 terrific and adventurous prize packages centered around the river!