Potomac Canoe Cleanups

Thank you to our 31 volunteers for cleaning up 106 tires plus many bags of trash and large miscellaneous large items this year!

See you in 2024!!

Each year, dedicated KLB volunteers gather to clean up Loudoun County waterways by boat, picking up, separating and bagging trash, such tires, bottles, cans, and other general refuse, found along and in the water.  Join us as we paddle down the Potomac River keeping it clean.

This year’s canoe cleanup event is set for Sunday, August 13th, 2023, rain or shine.  (There will be NO RAIN DATE).

We will meet at the Brunswick Public Boat Launch in Brunswick MD, off South Maple Ave, at 8:30 am. From there, we will board the shuttle bus to the put-in point and paddle down the Potomac River picking up trash and tires.  The trip will end back at the Brunswick Public Boat Launch at around 1 pm where we will haul the trash and tires from the canoes to the dumpsters.  The day ends at 3 pm with a pizza lunch.

The event fee is $30 per person.  There will be 2 persons per canoe.  The event fee includes the canoe, paddle, safety vest, river guide, cleanup supplies, and a pizza lunch.  The event fee helps to defray the cost of putting together the event and to avoid “no-shows”.


  • Must be at least 18 years old to participate.
  • Wear clothing and sturdy footwear that are weather appropriate and can get wet and dirty. No sandals, open-toed shoes, or bare feet. A change of clothes left in your car is recommended for the end of the cleanup event.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, a towel, a hat, gloves, and rain gear for use while afloat. If you bring a camera, cell phone, car keys, or other items needing protection, bring a waterproof “dry” bag or container.  **This will be a plastic water bottle-free event.**
  • All participants need to download, complete, sign, and return the liability waiver form. NO EXCEPTIONS. Completed liability forms can either be scanned to us or brought with you on the day of the event.

There is a limit of 20 canoes for this cleanup event, so click on the sign-up button below to reserve your canoe/spot before they’re all filled up!

This year we also need additional volunteers at the Brunswick Public Boat Ramp take-out point starting at 12:45 pm to help haul trash and tires from the canoes into the dumpsters.  Please consider helping out if you would like participate in this river cleanup activity, but don’t want to be on the water in a canoe.

2022 Potomac River Cleanup Results

On September 11th, 45 KLB volunteers went out onto the Potomac river and cleaned up 6 miles from McKimmey boat ramp to Riverside on the Potomac and collected 22 bags of trash, 10 tires, and a large amount of bulk sized items. This was not an easy task this year due to heavy rain. We did not get out of the river what we normally get since water levels were too high, but rain or shine we went out and made a difference. Thank you to all of those involved- this year’s crew was extra special and did an amazing job. Thank you to River and Trail for your canoes and guides, Riverside for letting us use your facility, and Pack Rat for donating to use of 2 dumpsters. It takes a village.