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River Clean Up

Each year, community volunteers rally to clean thousands of pounds of trash from our Bitterroot River. Volunteers sign up to cover walking or floating sections of the river from Sula and Painted Rocks to the confluence at the Clark Fork in Missoula.


Don't miss the chance to be a part of this year’s annual River Clean Up and help keep our beautiful Bitterroot River clean!

Saturday, August 12, 2022



Sign ups, clean up, volunteer perks, & drop off

STEP 1 - Sign Up: 

Use the map to decide which stretch you would like to clean. Click on the sign up link under each specific site to fill out our volunteer sign-up form. Filling out this form helps us keep track of our total participation and impact!

STEP 2 - Get Ready:

Gloves and trash bags will be available for pickup at the Water Forum office and Valley Fly Shops Available two weeks leading up to event.  Feel free you use your own trash bags. 

STEP 3 - Get out There & Clean up! 

Cleaning Up

Visit your river site anytime on Saturday, August 13 & get to cleaning! If you'd rather clean up on Thursday or Friday before the community event, that's OK, too. 

Enter our Best Trash Contest

Take pictures of yourself or your companions as you clean up - share them with us! And, be sure to take photos of the silliest or gnarliest trash you find. Submit those photos by text or email to win our prized 'BEST TRASH' award and cool Water Forum Swag. Please submit your photos by 4 pm on August 13 to be eligible for Best Trash. 

Trash Drop Off

  • LARGE TRASH/LOADS: Must be dropped off at Hamilton's Kiwanis River Park. Here you will find a 10-yard dumpster. Volunteers will be there to help. 

  • SMALL TRASH/SINGLE BAGS: Can be dropped off at one of our three brewery partner locations - before you stop by to enjoy your free beer! Click for maps to Brigand Taphouse (Darby), Bitter Root Brewing (Hamilton), and Blacksmith Brewing (Stevensville).


Each volunteer will earn one free beer ticket, redeemable at one of our three brewery partners across the Valley, between 4 and 7 PM on Saturday, August 13. Head to your local brewery after the clean up to meet other volunteers and celebrate our achievement together! You must sign up to be eligible for a beer ticket. 

Use this map to find various floating and walking sections, click the site you'd like, and then use the sign-up link under each site name to claim your spot!                                                 

You are responsible for your own transportation for both walking sites and floating sections. If your favorite float or walking site is not listed, please let us know and we will add it!  Claimed sites are in grey.

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Walking Site

Floating Site

Small Trash Drop Off / Free Beer Brewery

Large Trash/Load Drop Off 

Claimed Site

If you've seen larger trash (i.e. cars, fridges, etc.) that might need extra coordination to remove, report it and we'll gather a team to remove it. 

Printable scavenger hunt for kids! Fill one of these out and return it to the trash drop off at Kiwanis River Park for a prize!

Check out some of the noxious weeds we want to help remove from our valley. Take a look, print a copy, or learn more from the Weed District. Don't forget to bring gloves if you plan to pull weeds!

Thank you, Clean Up Sponsors!

First Security Bank                              TrailWest Bank                                         Geum Consulting

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