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Shank’s Mare Outfitters…Go Play Outside

Shank's Mare OutfittersShank's-Mare-OutfittersJoin with those who encounter nature’s best at Shank’s Mare Outfitters, just across the border from Lancaster County, where you are invited to go play outside.

Since 1978, this hidden gem has earned its well-deserved reputation as a premier year-round outdoor sports destination.  Located in a renovated 1800’s general store, overlooking the picturesque river views and shoreline of Lancaster County, the idyllic setting of Shank’s Mare is a favorite launching point for water activities.

Shank’s Mare specializes in kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, Shank's Mare lancaster yorkhiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.  The Outfitters Retail Store features clothing & equipment sales and rentals, while the Outdoor Education Center offers instruction, programs, trips, eco tours, and camps for a variety of activities based in & around the Susquehanna River.

Come and play, then relax with friends at the Lock 2 Cafe.  Host your next event at The Rookery, a meeting room with spectacular views of the Susquehanna.

Shank’s Mare Outfitters
2092 Long Level Road
Wrightsville, Pennsylvania 17368
(717) 252-1616

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Our Hours…

Shanks’ Mare is open year-round…

May 1 through September 30

Monday – Friday 10am until 8pm
Saturday 10am until 4pm
Sunday Noon until 4pm

October 1 through April 30
Please call for hours of operation.






Our Story…

Since 1978, Shank’s Mare has offered a wide variety of services and merchandise for those who appreciate outdoor fun and enjoy the adventures of an active lifestyle.  From their quality-made Go Play Outside clothing and gear to the captivating activities in their Outdoor Education Center, from the welcoming Lock 2 Cafe to the spacious Rookery Meeting Facility…the goal at Shank’s Mare is to showcase the cultural, environmental, and outdoor recreation opportunities in and around the Susquehanna River, as shared by Lancaster and York Counties.
Click HERE to learn more about the Shank’s Mare story.



Activities, Instruction, & Tours…

Shank's Mare adventuresFrom their much-loved hike & dine series to invigorating kayaking tours, from kid’s camps in the summer to field trips during the school year…there are engaging and enjoyable activities for everyone at Shank’s Mare.
Click HERE for the amazing variety of activities.

The Outdoor Education Center offers instruction, programs, trips, eco tours, and camps for touring kayaking, hiking, nature & heritage exploration, and cross country skiing & snowshoeing based at the Susquehanna River.
Click HERE for the Education Center.



Store & Cafe…

Shank's Mare StoreFor those who love playing in the great outdoors, the Store at Shank’s Mare has a wide selection of highest quality gear, equipment, and clothes.  Whether you are looking to buy a kayak and paddles or cross country skis and poles…you can be assured that you will be provided with any assistance needed in making the selections that are the best fit for your skills and preferences.  In addition to visiting the store in person, you can always review available selections online.
Click HERE for the E-Store.

Shank's Mare Lock 2 cafeRight next door to the Store, Lock 2 Cafe offers guests a relaxing atmosphere where they can enjoy casual eats and Turkey Hill Ice Cream.
Click HERE for the Cafe.




Events & Meeting Venue…

Throughout the year, Shank’s Mare plays host to a variety of events that captivate the interest and participation of those who love the outdoors and the camaraderie of other like-minded people.
Click HERE for this year’s Calendar.

Host your next meeting or event at The Rookery, located on the second floor of the Susquehanna House.  From team building retreats to rehearsal dinners, from showers to milestone recognitions, their spacious meeting room provides a unique, private and relaxing setting that makes each gathering memorable.
Click HERE for The Rookery.



Gallery of Photos…

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Shank’s Mare is located on the beautiful Susquehanna River, just across the border of Lancaster County in York County.

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