Katfish Katy's to Cooper's Canoe Cleanup 2015

Huntsdale to the Port of Nashville (Cooper's)
Saturday, October 24th, 2015

It had been since 2006 that we did a big canoe cleanup on the Missouri River. After this wonderful day, we're excited to do more. 

An amazing group of paddlers showed up, staging their canoes then hopping on our school bus shuttle up to Katfish Katy’s. We had a full fleet of canoes lended to us from Central Methodist University, Columbia College and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation. We had 60 volunteers help out (including Roxy the river dog) and snagged 1.8 tons of junk, including 30 tires and a purple dinosaur sandbox. These folks worked it!

2015 canoe cleanup
We had a full fleet of canoes lended to us from Central Methodist University, Columbia College and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

The goal in this event was for this fleet of canoes to head out, find trash, and haul it to places where our trashboats could get to it. In the morning we were attacking a mile ½ stretch of the river that always collects a ton of trash when the river is high (like it was about 11 times this spring and summer).  Two of these spots were in coves created by dikes where our trashboats can’t go at this level. 

A crew of our most experienced Missouri River paddlers took the first site. All the trash had to be hauled by canoe across the cove to a trail dike where we could load it in our boat. Other canoes headed to trash traps downstream and across the river to Airplane Island. 

2015 canoe cleanup
Paddlers head out to their sites! Photo by Melanie Cheney.

After a breezy and chilly lunch break on California Island (with hot chili cooked up by some of the River Relief crew), we continued downstream, with crews hitting every spot we had marked the day before and more. 

2015 canoe cleanup
We couldn't have pulled it off without our hardcore crew! Photo by Ruthie Moccia

We ended at Cooper’s Landing, who served up a fantastic dinner for the volunteers, with the Woodsmiths and Bruce Poe Band as the soundtrack. That fire was feeling pretty great!

Trash Tally:

93 Bags of Trash!


30 Tires (1 Tractor)
1 Tire Rim
trash stash
1 Chunk
1 Styrofoam
1 Cooler
5 5-gal. Plastic Buckets
3 55-gal. Metal Drums
5 55-gal. Plastic Barrels
3 large Propane Tanks
3 pieces of Scrap Metal
roxy1 large Sheet Metal w/ Styrofoam
1 piece of Wet Carpet
1 Plastic Chunk
1 Gas Can
1 Basket Ball
1 Milk Crate
1 large Plastic Jug
1 plastic Car Part
1 Culvert section
1 big Sign
1 steel Door w/ a cross on it
1 plastic Tub
1 metal Stove Door
1 large Gas Tank to a vehicle
1 Chair
1 wooden Sign
1 pallet
1 purple Dinosaur Sandbox
1 Cinderella Doll
1 Wire Fish Trap
1 Pink Chock
1 Orange Construction Fence
1 Fish & Wildlife Sturgeon DNA Sample
1 Toy Truck

Canoe Cleanup Results

Photos on Facebook

Photos on Flickr (to download these, click the photo you want, click the download arrow to the right of the photo and select the size you want)

Total Volunteers: 60

  • Boats: 4 boats and 21 canoes (3 MRR boats and Rusty Thurman James Bond special)
  • River Miles Cleaned: 10 (mm 180-170)
  • River Stage: 8.3-ft. @ Boonvilles gauge
  • Landfill: 1 ton
  • Scrap Metal: 0.3 tons
  • Tires: 30 - 0.5 tons

Total Trash Tonnage: 1.8 tons!

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

"Captain" Event Sponsors

Missouri American WaterDepartment of Natural ResourcesMissouri Department of Conservation

Commerce Bank

Pat Jones

Hulston Family Foundation

Tom and Anne Smith

Sam's Club

Event Partners

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