This weekend local river enthusiast gathered along the banks of the Lower Shoshone to partake in a river cleanup. With around forty users from boaters to fishermen, everyone did their part to keep our river clean. Many of the kayakers “volunteered” to spend their time cleaning trash in the class IV Canyon section.

Boaters Andy Quick, Destin Harrell, Jerod Ready, Joel Hansen, and Taylor Hensen sweep up the remaining pieces of two smashed televisions that had been thrown from the bridge above.

Taylor Hensen shimmies along the narrow ledges to gather shards of leftover glass.

Jerod Ready found part of a shopping cart, and decided to make a pair of training wheels for the set of rapids below.

Jerod Ready, Ed Conning, and Taylor Hensen scout for a suitable T.V. delivery spot to make extraction more manageable.

The river clean-up was followed by a river access meeting, hosted by the amazing people at The Nature Conservancy,  where river users gave input on locations and ideas for future river improvement projects. The boating community pointed out several locations which would be ideal for developing a whitewater feature that would enhance bank stabilization, fish habitat, and recreational opportunities.

If the day wasn’t already good enough, we were treated to an evening of homemade chili, beer, and the showing of The National Paddling Film Festival. Stoked to see such a positive group of river enthusiasts coming together to support our rivers!