River Clean Up

Community volunteers rally to clean thousands of pounds of trash from our Bitterroot River every year. Volunteers sign up for stretches 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 and flowing!

Mark your calendar
Saturday, August 13, 2022


Check back in July to sign up for your section!

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!

If you're a streamside landowner and you'll be cleaning your section of stream, please sign up HERE. 

STEP 2 - Get Ready:

Gloves and trash bags will be available for pickup at all Valley Fly shops and the Water Forum office 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 to win our prized 'BEST TRASH' award and cool Water Forum Swag. 

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 present 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 complete the sign-up form to be eligible for a beer ticket. 

Report Trash

If you've seen larger trash (i.e. cars, fridges, etc.) that might need extra coordination to remove, report it here