First Annual Great Willamette Clean Up: Saturday, October 3rd, beginning at 9am

Using kayaks and canoes, we will take to the water and have four groups picking up trash along four different stretches of the river including:

  • Meldrum Bar Park (RM 24)- Goat and Cedar Islands
    contact: WLCR, paddle group: PNW Sea Kayaker MeetUp
  • Jefferson Street Boat Ramp in Milwaukie (RM 18.5)- Elk Rock Island
    contact: Kate, paddle group: Alder Creek will provide boats for volunteers
  • Willamette Park in Portland (RM 16)- southern end of Ross Island, Sellwood area
    contact: Gerry, paddle group: Willamette Riverkeeper will provide canoes for volunteers
  • Cathedral Park in St. Johns (RM 6)
    contact: Travis, paddle group: OOPS members, and ? (still working on it, I know I can rally W. University students if I can provide boats)

*To be clear, anyone with their own boat can register to help clean up on any of the four designated stretches.

We encourage you to BYOB (bring your own boat)!  For those of you who do not have a canoe or kayak but want to participate, additional boats are available at Willamette Park and the Jefferson Street Boat Ramp by registration.  An optional garbage-picker social will follow at a local venue.

To register, call Kate at 503-223-6418 or

Let us know what section you would like to cover.

Why now? Because low water is a great time to fish for trash!

Why bother? Because our collective actions make a difference! When we allow trash to flow freely from our rivers, it can lead to devastating consequences for wildlife and habitat in our great oceans. See this video about our Great Pacific Garbage Patch.