Join Natural Restorations, Keep It Wild Co., & Friends of the Tonto National Forest as we team up to remove trash from the Lower Salt River.
This is a water and land cleanup; we are looking for volunteers on foot to collect trash along the riverbanks and volunteers in kayaks, paddle boats, and canoes to collect trash in the water.
Clubs and groups welcome! Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Let us know if you are interested in kayaking down the river picking up trash floating in the water and along the riverbanks. Arizona Outback Adventures is supplying us with some tandem (two person) inflatable kayaks, life jackets, and professional kayak guides for safety and paddling instruction.
We have a limited number of kayaks available so let me know if you would like us to reserve a seat for you. Keep in mind they are tandem kayaks so you will be kayaking with another volunteer if you don’t register for a kayak with a friend, but don’t worry, our volunteers are super friendly! If you prefer to stay on dry land, that’s totally fine!
Sign-in: 8:00 a.m.
What to bring: work gloves, *water bottle
*In an effort to reduce the use of plastic bottles, please bring a refillable water bottle with you. We will have large water coolers on site to refill.
What to wear for land cleanup: long pants, closed toe sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
What to wear for water cleanup: wear clothing that can get wet; expect to get at least your seat and feet wet, sunscreen
Tonto Pass: You do not need to purchase a Tonto Pass to participate in the cleanup from 8AM to Noon. If you plan to stay after that, please plan accordingly and purchase a Tonto Pass.
We are meeting at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area. Click the link above or Google Phon D Sutton Recreation Area, Fort McDowell, AZ.
Please contact me if you need further assistance with directions. We will have signs and arrows out the day of the event.
There is a lot of parking and bathrooms at both Phon D and Granite Reef.
Transportation for kayakers from Granite Reef back to Phon D: We encourage everyone to carpool to the event and then we can shuttle drivers back up to Phon D, they can grab their vehicle and pick up the rest of their group at Granite Reef.
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Plan to do light/moderate hiking through the area with lots of bending and stooping to pick up trash