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Stash the Trash

The Clackamas River is one of the best recreational rivers in the Portland area. As more and more people visit the river to enjoy its breezy escape from the summer heat, we’ve unfortunately seen an increase in litter left behind.

Preventing this trash from entering the river is important:

  • the Clackamas provides drinking water for over 400,000 people,
  • supports the last significant run of wild late-run Coho in the Columbia basin,
  • and is home to one of only two remaining runs of spring Chinook in the Willamette basin.

Trash isn’t good for our salmon or our drinking water – and it’s a bummer for all the people who come out to enjoy the river.

Through our Stash the Trash program, anyone can help protect our river!

Each summer, we place 6,000 Stash the Trash bags at some of our favorite launch sites so that you can be part of the solution to keeping our river clean. Grab a Stash the Trash bag from one of the following locations, and pick up litter while enjoying your float down the Clackamas!

  • Milo McIver State Park,
  • Barton Country Store,
  • Barton Park,
  • Carver Boat Ramp,
  • and Riverside Park.

Then, please dispose of those Stash the Trash bags at any trash receptacle at: 

  • Milo McIver State Park,
  • Barton Park,
  • Carver Boat Ramp,
  • Riverside Park,
  • and Clackamette Park.

Our annual Down the River Clean Up event in partnership with WE LOVE CLEAN RIVERS, has seen a decrease in the amount of tons of trash removed per year, down from a high of 4.29 tons of trash removed in 2006 to 2.5 tons removed in 2018.

Interviews with river users and Park Rangers give anecdotal evidence that the bags are being used, and staff often find empty stands while they replace the bags — which occurs twice per week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Many recreationists take bags along when they launch — peer modeling “best practices” by using the bags themselves, offering them to other paddlers, and using the bags to clean up after others. Anglers on the Willamette River have been seen using our bags too!

Contact us if you’d like to become a sponsor of Stash the Trash — business and community partners will have their logos displayed on the bags, which are distributed at Carver Boat Ramp, Barton Country Store, Barton Park, Riverside Park, and Milo McIver State Park.

Stash the Trash is funded by Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Dump Stoppers, Clackamas River Water Providers, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon State Parks, Warn Industries and We Love Clean Rivers. THANK YOU!