The 20th Annual Down the River Cleanup on the Lower Clackamas River returns again this year on Sunday, September 10th, 2023. This annual river clean-up at the end of summer covers a 20+ mile stretch of the Clackamas River from Estacada to the confluence with the Willamette River down by Oregon City.
This is not an OWA club trip, but an annual clean-up event that is co-hosted by the Clackamas River Basin Council and We Love Clean Rivers. The Down the River Clean Up is the largest and longest-running on-water cleanup event of its kind in Oregon. 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.
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.
For their hard work, all volunteers are invited to a free party after the cleanup that includes a delicious BBQ, live music, and a fabulous raffle afterward at Barton Park!
The Down the River Clean Up Website: https://welovecleanrivers.org