With heavy hearts we have decided to cancel this year’s clean-up. The fires and evacuations in Clackamas County have made it dangerous for volunteers and would impede current emergency services. We hope that you have not been impacted by the fires, and that if you have you are now evacuated to safety.

Thank you for being excited to clean up the beautiful Clackamas, even during a global pandemic.    We look forward to when we can gather again next year to celebrate this river.

To support future river clean-ups, please visit our online raffle from Sept 9th-20th.

September 12 and 13, 2020

18th Annual
Down The River Clean-Up on Oregon’s Clackamas River

In partnership with the Clackamas River Basin Council

Do you happen to love this river as much as we do?

If you have ever fallen in love with this or any river, we invite you to join us for this spectacular event of organized chaos where 300+ river-lovers jump in their rafts, kayaks, drift boats – or maybe even dawn a snorkel mask – uniting to scour the banks and bottom of 20+ miles of riverway from Milo McIver Park to Clackamette Park where the Clackamas empties into the Willamette.

Get wet, do the Truffle Shuffle, race your neighbor to extract the biggest hulking piece of rusted dilapidated trash you’ve ever seen and help restore the Clackamas back to its pristine state! We will thank you. The salmon will thank you.

The 18th annual Down the River Clean Up is an on-the-river, 20+ mile clean up made possible by a rich network of river recreationalists, outdoor companies, environmental organizations, government entities, local community leaders, and hopefully you!

More than 4,500 community members and volunteers have joined together each year for the past 17 years to remove over 40 tons of trash from the Clackamas River (47% of which was recycled!). Our dream is to create a community where everyone loves their rivers as much as we do and that some day, we can throw a party on the river without having to clean it up.

The Clackamas River is home to old-growth forests, bird species, steelhead, and is one of the last remaining wild salmon runs in the lower Columbia basin. While the river provides healthy habitat for wildlife, it also supplies the Portland metropolitan area with fresh drinking water. Due to the bounty, beauty, and close proximity to urban areas, the Clackamas River has become known for attracting recreationalists of all kinds, including kayakers, rafters, tubers, anglers, and more. The high-use of the river and its nearness to cities, unfortunately, brings in pollutants and unwarranted litter.

Join us in turning restoration into recreation! Check out the event details below and register for the 18th annual Down The River Clean-Up!

For more ideas on things you can do to help protect the watershed year-round, please visit the Clackamas River Basin Council’s What You Can Do page.

If you are interested in sponsoring or donating auction items for the 2020 Down the River Cleanup, please contact Nicole Fredericks at nicole@welovecleanrivers.org.

Join us in turning restoration into recreation!

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For more information about volunteer roles and event details, see information below.

Event Details & Schedule

**Please read the event schedule, safety precautions, and volunteer descriptions carefully as we’ve made several event changes in response to COVID-19.

Event Sites

Transportation & Parking

Please note that when you register, you have the option to choose one of four parks for your volunteer role (listed below). The morning of the cleanup, you will go directly to the park you registered at for check-in.

Please make sure to arrange YOUR OWN TAKE-OUT SHUTTLE VEHICLE. Parking is free at each of the parks for volunteers. Parking passes will be distributed via email the week prior to the event.

The Day's Schedule


Safety is of our utmost concern. We work hard to provide you with helpful info during the day of the event – however, this information is advisory only. There is an inherent risk in boating on a river and cleaning up debris, and you assume all risks.


  • ALL VOLUNTEERS will be required to wear a face covering on land  and when 6ft of distance is not possible on the water
  • ALL VOLUNTEERS will be required to keep a 6ft distance on land
  • Registration times are staggered 30 min time slots from 8-11AM, with 10 maximum people launching at a time
  • Event activities are spread over Saturday Sept 12th and Sunday Sept 13th to reduce congestion in the parks and on the water
  • We recommend that volunteers only register with their household members
  • Due to staggered registration times there may not be a Safety Captain on the river at the same time as your group. Read all safety information beforehand and be prepared for emergencies on the water.
  • There will not be an American Medical Response tech on the river this year. Read all safety information beforehand and be prepared for emergencies on the water.

On-river volunteers must absolutely be a confident class II+ boater and be equipped with your own boat, paddle(s), life vest, whistle, helmet, and cellphone. There may not be a garbage scow/driftboat while your group is on the water, plan to bring the best watercraft for hauling your collected trash out (bags will be provided for collection). 


Please eat a hearty breakfast, bring lots of snacks, and a water bottle!

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions we won’t be able to host our annual BBQ this year.


Restrooms are available at all 5 parks. We recommend that you use one before you head down the river!



The Down The River Clean-Up is funded in part by Clackamas River Water Providers, Danner Boots, a grant from L.L. Bean and the American Canoe Association, City of Oregon City, and Clackamas County. Our many partners who make this event possible include SOLVE, WES, Oregon State Parks, Clackamas County Parks, Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, eNRG Kayaking and more.

Please consider supporting this fun, educational, and community-driven effort to restore and clean our Clackamas River by becoming a sponsor of this year’s Down the River Cleanup! We have sponsor levels listed below, and are seeking item donations for our silent auction to be held at the volunteer BBQ. Thank you for your consideration!

For all inquiries, please contact Nicole Fredericks by email: nicole@welovecleanrivers.org. Thank you!

2020 Sponsor Levels

Clackamas Champion – $1,000+

– Logo on day of event signage (5 different parks), WLCR website, and event poster

– Buzz through WLCR social media channels

Clackamas Partner – $500

– Logo on WLCR website and event poster

– Buzz through WLCR social media channels

Please note: sponsorship levels are are determined by the total sum of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

We Love Clean Rivers, Inc. is an Oregon non-profit and has been approved for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Federal Tax Code. Some of your sponsorship may be tax-deductible.  Please consult with your tax professional concerning deductibility of your sponsorship.


Volunteer Roles

On-Land Volunteer Positions

On-Water Volunteer Positions