Championing the Clackamas River

Championing the Clackamas River

The 17th Annual Down the River Clean Up is coming!

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.

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!

Registration information will be available closer to the event date.

THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners: Clackamas County Parks, Clackamas County Office of Sustainability, Metro, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, DEQ, Clackamas River Water Providers, Clackamas River Water, Clack

amas SWCD, City of Oregon City, eNRG Kayaking, American Medical Response, Safeway, SOLVE, Clackamas River Outfitters, Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, Rick & Barb McCullough, Doug Burbeck, and 3 Guys Grilling!