Registration is now open for this year’s Down the River Clean Up! Join us and our many partners on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Barton Park and other locations along the Clackamas River for a fun-filled day of service followed by a free party, BBQ, live music and raffle event. Registration is required to participate in this event.
The Down the River Clean Up is the largest and longest-running on-water cleanup event of its kind in Oregon, co-hosted by the Clackamas River Basin Council and We Love Clean Rivers. Over 3000 volunteers rally together in rafts, kayaks, and SCUBA gear, to scour the streambed and banks for trash, collecting an average of 1-3 tons each year, over half of which is recycled. Since 2003, over 44 total tons of garbage has been removed from the Clackamas River. The event includes a trash sweep of a 20+ mile stretch of the Clackamas River from Estacada to the confluence with the Willamette River in Oregon City.
Community members are encouraged to come, float, and fill the boat! Keeping the Clackamas clean will help preserve and protect the health of this beautiful and bountiful river that provides fresh drinking water to thousands of Oregonians and is home to old-growth forests, endangered species, and one of the last remaining wild salmon runs in the lower Columbia Basin.
Everyone is encouraged to join the event. All non-motorized paddle crafts may participate and launch at one of four parks: Milo McIver State Park, Barton Park, Carver Boat Ramp, and Riverside Park. Boaters must have Class II+ whitewater experience and wear a life jacket. On-water and on-land volunteer opportunities are available. Snorkelers and SCUBA divers are also welcome.