River Clean-Up Paddle
Over the course of a year, trash builds up along riverbanks and in log piles — causing a hazard to fish and wildlife and spoiling the natural beauty of our waterways. To do our part in cleaning up the Haw River, The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company sponsors three annual cleanups: March’s “Cleanup-A-Thon,” June’s “National Rivers Cleanup Day” and September’s “Big Sweep Cleanup.” Each is focused on a different stretch of river.
Canoes are provided at no charge for those participants who do not have a boat, and private boaters are encouraged to participate as well. We will help them shuttle their boats and equipment. All of the trash collected will be either recycled, if possible, or brought to a landfill by The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company.
Fee: There is no trip fee, though registration is required.
*You are expected to collect at least one large trash bag of garbage per person and clean your boat.
River Clean-up Tips from the Haw River Assembly
Safety First: Always wear puncture-proof gloves to pick up broken glass and sharp or rusted metal. Make sure all children are safe and closely supervised.
Slippery slopes: Be aware of muddy areas, slippery rocks and other places where you could fall.
Recycling: Many cans and bottles near or in the river may be too dirty to recycle and must be trashed. Use your judgment as to whether or not to recycle.
Trash Habitats: Sometimes trash that has been in the woods or river for a long time has become habitat for an animal or insect colony. Decide whether or not it is better to just leave it alone.