Glasgow Missouri River Cleanup 2023

Tons of Trash
Tons of Tires

Stump Island Recreational Park
Glasgow, Missouri
Saturday, October 21, 2023

Missouri River Relief will be hosting a large-scale river cleanup out of the Stump Island Recreational Park boat ramp. We'll be removing trash from a 10-mile of Glasgow's stretch of the Missouri River! We've hosted smaller service cleanups with partners here in recent years, but this will be our first large-scale cleanup at Stump Island in a long time! See results from our 2013 Glasgow Missouri River Cleanup. Check out what these cleanups are about below and register for a day of stewardship on the Missouri River!

Look back at our 2013 Glasgow Cleanup on our Flickr album!

Cleanup Details

Cleanup Headquarters
Stump Island Recreational Park
100 Market St, Glasgow, MO 65254

Saturday, October 21, 2023
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.

Register Here!

Additional Opportunity

Plastic Brand Audit - Saturday, October 21st @ 1:30pm

Missouri River Bird Observatory will be leading a plastic brand audit following the river cleanup with the trash you collected from the Missouri River! After you enjoy your lunch, you can join this effort! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE PLASTIC BRAND AUDIT! 

The data gathered goes into a larger report to identify the world's top polluting corporations - Click here for more information

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 between 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.

Event Extras

When you return to the boat ramp, there will be two activities you can participate in:

Trash Contest - make sure to bring your best trash find back with you to compete for a prize. Get creative! You and others will put your finds up against each other and the crowd will decide which one is the best. There will be numerous prizes. 

Missouri River Explorer Badge Program - designed for ages 5 to 18. The badge is gained upon the completion of the Activity Card, which includes participation in activities and events that fall under the three tenets of the river. Explore, Learn and Protect. Stop by the booth to earn your badge!

Clean Rivers Start at Home - stop by our new table to learn about how YOU can stop the flow of trash into the Missouri River. While you’re there, you can try your hand at matching single use plastics with their reusable alternatives. Hopefully you’ll leave with new ideas about how to reduce single use plastics in your home and daily life.  


Stump Island Recreational Park

From Columbia:

  • Take I-70 W/US-40 W toward Kansas City (5.2 mi)
  • Take exit 121 for US-40/MO-240 toward Missouri Uu/Fayette (0.2 mi)
  • Keep right and follow signs for Boonville/Fayette, merging on MO-240 W/US-40 W (8.8 mi)
  • Turn right onto MO-240 W (12.7 mi)
  • Leaving Fayette, take a slight right onto MO-240 W/MO-5 N (12.0 mi)
  • Turn right onto MO-240 W/MO-5 N/MO-87 N (0.5 mi)
  • Continue on Old Hwy 87 (0.4 mi)
  • Turn left onto Clay St then take a quick right to stay on Clay St
  • Follow behind the Rec/YMCA building
  • Turn right onto Stump Island Dr
  • Follow the MRR signs!

From Kansas City:

  • Follow I-70 E (68.7 mi)
  • Take exit 71 for Co Rd K toward Houstonla/Co Rd Ee (0.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto Co Rd K then continue onto Co Rd EE (8.8 mi)
  • Turn right onto MO-20 E (6.7 mi)
  • Turn left onto Lexington Ave, then turn right onto MO-240 E/Santa Fe Trail
  • Continue to follow MO-240 E past Slater (25.9 mi)
  • Turn right onto Clay St just after the Missouri River bridge, then another right to stay on Clay St
  • Follow behind the Rec/YMCA building
  • Turn right onto Stump Island Dr
  • Follow the MRR signs!

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Contact Lisa Cole to become a sponsor of this event

Title Event Sponsors

Buckner Foundation

"Pilot" Event Sponsor

Bass Pro Cabelas Outdoor FundVeterans United Foundation

"Engineer" Event Sponsor

St James WineryPublic House BrewingMissouri Department of Conservation

"Deckhand" Event Sponsor

Conservation Foundation of MO Charitable Trust

In-Kind Sponsors

Missouri Life Magazine

Event Partners

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