Washington River Festival & Missouri River Cleanup 2022

Rennick Riverfront Park - Washington, MO
Saturday, May 21, 2022

Missouri River Relief is returning to Washington, MO for our Washington River Festival! Washington is of the most river-centric towns on the Lower Missouri River and we're so excited to be back. The beautiful park overlooking the river is the ideal place to hold, not just a community river cleanup, but also a local river festival highlighting the town's connection to the river. We are looking forward to starting the morning off with a river cleanup, then rolling right into the rest of the festivities with music, art, river education and great food. All with a great view of the Missouri River.

Please join us the morning of Saturday, May 21st to clean up our Big Muddy! Check out our information below and click the registration button to reserve your spot.

Festival Details

Our friends on the Washington River Festival Committee will be hosting the Washington River Festival at Rennick Riverfront Park. Things will kick off at 11:00 a.m. and will have entertainment, education booths and music until 5:00 p.m. This festival is a celebration of the river and Washington's historic ties to it. More information on entertainment and educational booths will be available soon!



  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Babaloo Music & Fun - With Babaloo, there's no "criss-cross applesauce, sit still and zip your lip" stuff. But there are lots of wacky tunes and antics to keep everyone energized and laughing.
  • Noon - 12:45 p.m. - The World Bird Sanctuary - Learn about and see Missouri River birds up close
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Flossie Lee and the Betties - Singer-songwriter female vocalist inspired by early 20th century to present-day Blues, Country, Folk and Rock sings of nostalgia, mysticism, and devastation. Songs balanced with dissonant harmonies and simple percussion sound just like they oughta should.
  • 2:00 until 2:45 p.m. - ART AUCTION - featuring beautiful pieces from local artists
  • 3:00-3:45 p.m. - The Daves - Delta Blues influenced and inspired by John Hurt, Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Robert Johnson, Leroy Pierson, Henry Townsend
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Woodshine - High-energy bluegrass band with a rock twist from Washington, MO

Early Childhood Nature Activities

The key to establishing a child's early love of nature is to start early; that is why we have activities designed for ages 0 to 5-year-olds, at this year's festival. So come spend some one-on-one time exploring and making memories together at the Missouri River.

As always, a huge thank you to the wonderful Washington River Festival Committee members who make this possible. Thank you!

Cleanup Details

Cleanup Headquarters
Rennick Riverfront Park
Washington, MO 63090

Saturday, May 21st, 2022
Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and volunteers will return to the boat ramp anywhere from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

Registration opens March 1

Volunteer Information

What to bring

Dress in layers for changing weather conditions and prepare for cold weather. We will be there rain or shine! Wear work-appropriate clothing. Long pants are strongly recommended. Sturdy shoes or boots are required; no flip-flops or open-toed shoes are allowed on boats. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle and snacks to tide you over until lunch. Always expect muddy conditions.

What you get

Volunteers will receive a free Big Muddy boat ride, cool t-shirt, trash bags, gloves, life jackets, and a reusable water bottle. Lunch will be provided and will be waiting for you when you get back to the boat ramp from 11:30 - 12:30.

Come prepared

Check out our Know Before You Go page to see answers to frequently asked questions and what to expect.

If you are bringing a child under 18 you are not the legal guardian of, make sure to download, print and obtain a signature on our minor risk release form. Adults and minor accompanied by legal guardians will sign risk release forms during on-site registration.

What's next

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Two weeks before the cleanup you will receive an email from us with some additional information. The week of the cleanup you will receive an additional email from us with any additional information you need to know, including weather and river conditions. If you are not receiving emails from us, make sure to check your junk folder.


Rennick Riverfront Park - Washington, MO

Northern Approach Route:

To Washington Riverfront Park Boat Ramp from I-70, either from the west or east (i.e. from north St. Louis, Columbia or Kansas City):

  • Take I-70 east or west to Exit 193 (Warrenton, Highway 47)
  • Head South on Highway 47, through Warrenton, then winding through the river hills.
  • Stay on 47 as it joins up with, then leaves Highway 94.
  • After about 23 miles, you’ll cross the Missouri River on the beautiful E State HWY-47 Washington Bridge.
  • Take a right on 3rd Street.
  • Take a right on Market Street.
  • Take a left on Front St.
  • Take a right on Lafayette St., cross the railroad tracks and you are in the park. We want to park in the gravel lot downstream of the boat ramp. Take a right at the boat ramp, drive through the boat trailer parking, then park in the big gravel lot.

Southern Approach Route:

From St. Louis area to Washington Boat Ramp

  • From I-270, take exit 5B to Interstate 44W/50W.
  • After 25 miles, take exit 251 for Hwy 100 W.
  • After 10 miles, turn right on Hwy. 47 (Franklin St.) in Washington.
  • After a mile, take a left on 3rd St.
  • Take a right on Market Street.
  • Take a left on Front St.
  • Take a right on Lafayette St., cross the railroad tracks and you are in the park. We want to park in the gravel lot downstream of the boat ramp. Take a right at the boat ramp, drive through the boat trailer parking, then park in the big gravel lot.

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Contact Lisa Cole to become a sponsor of this event

"Great Blue Heron" Event Sponsors

Washington River Festival Committee

Missouri American Water

"Paddlefish" Event Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsors

Budget DumpsterMissouri Department of Conservation

Event Partners

Missouri Stream Team

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