Tubers urged to take care on Shuswap River
By Charlotte Helston
July 25, 2014 - 10:15 AM
ENDERBY - Those participating in a quintessential summer activity in the North Okanagan are being reminded to do so carefully this summer.
Floating debris from a landslide in May means there are more hazards for people tubing down the Shuswap River in Enderby. The Shuswap River Ambassadors, who gather and share information for the public, are asking people to be careful while enjoying the river.
“There’s a larger amount of debris in the river, more than you’d typically see,” river ambassador Madison Giesbrecht says. “This means there’s going to be more sweepers (sunken trees), a lot more log jams and a lot more silt along the river bottom which can make it slippery.”
Bringing a paddle along to help navigate around such hazards is recommended.
While this summer has a higher volume of debris in the river, Giesbrecht says the river is always dangerous.
“It’s always unpredictable,” she says. “We’ve had many incidents where people have been pinned up against a sweeper or a log jam.”
The safest route right now is to go from the Enderby bridge to Tuey Park, which takes about an hour and a half in current river conditions.
Check the Enderby Chamber of Commerce website for more information on routes and float times, and the Shuswap River Ambassadors Facebook page for up to date information.
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