James River Regional Cleanup Sites

The Annual James River Regional Cleanup will be held this year, Saturday, September 12, 9am-1pm.  Due to COVID-19 the Cleanup will look different as we will follow social distancing requirements and guidelines.  JRAC will host a self-directed event instead of a large cleanup, we have reduced the number of participants for each site. Registration is required.

Due to limited capacity, if you are unable to register, we encourage volunteers to clean up in areas near their home or neighborhood streams.  Please bring your own water, bags, gloves, insect repellant, masks and snacks. Wherever you cleanup, please take photos, count your trash bags and email cleanup results to info@jrac-va.org.

Each of the following sites will be available for cleanup with limited capacity noted beside each location:

Appomattox and Buckingham Counties

James River State Park – CAPACITY 25 – Paddlers and Walkers
751 Park Road, Gladstone, VA 24553James River State Park Cleanup

Volunteers will be collecting trash from the river and shoreline between Canoe Landing and Dixon Landing, which is approximately a two mile stretch of the James.  Volunteers can paddle or walk the shore.  Canoes or kayaks, personal floatation devices (PFD)/life vests and paddles will be provided with a guide.  Kayaks are encouraged unless volunteers are in the same household.  You are welcome to bring your own kayaks/canoes. Due to limited storage capacity of kayaks, we will cache and flag large items and bags of litter for pickup along the bank. 

Special Note: Vehicles will be parked at Dixons Landing and drivers will be shuttled by open-air wagon to Canoe Landing to begin cleanup. Cleanup will conclude at 1pm.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be designated to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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Chesterfield County

Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Conservation Area– CAPACITY 30 – Boaters and Walkers
441 Coxendale Road, Chester, VA 23831Dutch Gap Volunteer

The Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Conservation Area provides excellent access for those wanting to clean up trash while walking or by boat. The riverside trail can be accessed from the parking area at 441 Coxendale Road. It is an easy and flat one-mile trail along the James River that allows access to tidal beaches, wetlands and forest. It is a one-way (non-loop) trail. The boat landing at the parking lot is on a broad and flat tidal section of the James River. It gives boaters access to many miles of riverfront and several small creeks. Motorized boats and paddle craft can access the river here. Paddle craft (canoes, kayaks, etc.) are ideal for some of the smaller creeks and shallower parts of the river that are not maintained for commercial navigation. There is plenty of deep-water access for larger boats, as well. Boaters can leave bagged trash, tires and bulk items for pick-up in the designated drop-off area in the upper parking lot. Pedestrians can leave bagged trash and bulk items along the side of the trail for pick-up.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be designated to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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Falling Creek Ironworks Park – Walkers – CAPACITY 15
6201 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester, VA 23831Falling Creek Cleanup Volunteers

The Falling Creek Ironworks offers excellent access to the creek that forms the eastern park boundary. The paved trail goes to the confluence of Falling Creek with the James River. Volunteers will not have to step far from the trail to pick up litter. Volunteers should be mindful that the rocks along the creek banks and in the creek are slippery. After heavy summer rains the mud, natural debris and trash may be heavy along Falling Creek. Boat access is not encouraged or recommended at this site. Bagged trash should be taken from the woods and stream area and left along the paved trail.

  • Be mindful to your surroundings poisonous snakes, poison ivy (leaves of three leave them be), poison oak (leaves of three leave them be), poison sumac (leaves of three leave them be) can be found in this area.
  • Do not climb on rocks throughout area and attempt cross water at any point.
  • If you find needles, or syringes, do not attempt to remove them.    

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be designated to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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Falling Creek Reservoir – Walkers – CAPACITY 30
4339 Reservoir Lane, North Chesterfield, VA  23235Falling Creek Cleanup Volunteers

Falling Creek Reservoir is a secluded 110-acre reservoir in Chesterfield County.  The reservoir flows into the James River.  There is limited shore access. Volunteers will focus efforts a short paddle distance upstream from the boat launch area.

Parking – Street parking in cul-de-sac and driveway available.

Water access – Volunteers should bring their own canoe or kayak. No gas-powered boats are allowed on Falling Creek Reservoir.  For boat access follow the hill to the right of the house down to the water.

Litter collection – Bring your own trash bags. Trash collected during the cleanup should be bagged and left in the Driveway at 4339 Reservoir Lane.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks trash bags, water, snacks and, insect repellant.   A location will be designated to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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City of Hopewell

Hopewell Marina – Paddlers welcome! – CAPACITY 8
1051 Riverside Avenue, Hopewell, VA 23860

Eight on the water plus a guide. Hopewell Rec & Parks will provide boats, personal flotation devices (PFD) and paddle for each participant, as well as grabbers and buckets/bags.  Please bring your mask, gloves, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellent.

We will be following recommendations by the ACA and CDC that are listed below:

  • There will be a pre-paddle health screening consisting of a few questions.
  • All participants must agree to practice social distancing (6 feet apart) and wear masks while on land and launching their boat.
  • All equipment will be sanitized and disinfected before use.
  • Equipment will not be shared. Each participant will have their own equipment for the entirety of the event.
  • Once on the water masks can be removed if the participant desires to do so.
  • It is recommended that participants stay at least 10 feet apart while on the water.
  • If you have registered but are feeling ill in any way on the day of the event, please do not come out to the event.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required.   A location will be identified to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org.

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City of Petersburg

Patton Park – Walkers – CAPACITY 25
University Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23803

Patton Park

Patton Park is a passive recreation area along the Appomattox River near Virginia State University at Campbell’s Bridge. The area includes trails, picnic area, canoe take-out and New England style covered bridge. The Appomattox River is a major tributary of the James River.  Volunteers will conduct self-directed cleanup of trash from the Park and shoreline area, from the Appomattox River Trail to the west of the Park, and along the roadways/sidewalks that surround the Park. There will also be an opportunity to work with FOLAR volunteers to clean up around the historic mill arches further west along the Trail.  Please inquire about mill clean-up at contactus@folar-va.org.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be identified to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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Lakemont Neighborhood – Walkers – CAPACITY 20
1800 E. Washington St., Petersburg, VA 23803Lakemont Neighborhood

Come join the James River Association, Lakemont Neighborhood Watch, and volunteers to clean up litter from the historic Lakemont Neighborhood. By cleaning up trash here, stormwater infrastructure can be relieved and local flooding can be reduced. Trash bags, gloves, and picker-uppers will be provided. Please bring your own water and snacks as well as wear a mask!
Volunteers can expect to work from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be identified to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org

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City of Richmond

Ancarrows Landing – Walkers – CAPACITY 20
2000 Brander St., Richmond, VA  23224Ancarrow Landing

The easternmost section of the Park, it’s a popular fishing spot with a concrete boat ramp and a parking lot that accommodates over 100 cars and trailers. It’s also the beginning of the Richmond Slave Trail. This section is located at the end of Brander St. Take the Maury St. exit off I-95 and turn right.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant and wear closed toe shoes.   A location will be designated to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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Belle Isle – Walkers – CAPACITY 40
300 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA 23219Belle Isle

The main access to Belle Isle in Richmond is by pedestrian footbridge from Tredegar St. on the north shore (zip code 23219). Parking tends to be crowded at Tredegar St. on weekends — about 50 spaces. Children volunteers must be supervised.  This cleanup is co-sponsored by Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University.  Bags and data cards will be provided.  Please bring your own water, gloves and snacks.  Show up ANYTIME between 9 – 10:30 a.m. Cleanup will end about 12:30 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required.   A location will be identified to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org.

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Brookland Park Boulevard – Walkers – CAPACITY 10
2901 Woodrow Ave. Richmond, VA 23222

Brookland Park Boulevard Map

Brookland Park Boulevard RVA Clean Sweep launched in 2016 in collaboration with various civic groups including Battery Park Civic Association, Brookland Park Area Association and Embrace Richmond. Jointly, the groups coordinate a monthly trash pick-up in the community. For this special collaboration event we invite volunteers to join us to focus on the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike corridor, from Brookland Park Boulevard to Valley Road.

We will meet at 2901 Woodrow Ave. Richmond, VA 23222 – The Community Garden behind Richmond Community High School. The garden bloomed from a plan that students from Richmond Community High School created in 2014. Their vision for the open space and greenhouse next to the school is for a safe and nurturing place for residents and students to teach, learn, grow, collaborate, and build a sense of community around healthy food. Immediate plans for the Community Garden include an orchard, raised bed plots for residents to grow food, and a flower cutting garden.

We desire to help preserve and protect the environment and promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and hope to bring awareness to these goals through picking up litter in the wooded and green space areas surrounding the community garden, and alongside the 1.9 mile stretch of the Cannon Creek Greenway bike and walking trail.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be designated to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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Pony Pasture Rapids – Paddlers and Walkers – CAPACITY 30
7200 Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23225Pony Pasture Cleanup

Pony Pasture Rapids is part of the James River Park System and is a natural area park within the city limits of Richmond. The waters at Pony Pasture Rapids are excellent for wading, and there is plenty to clean up along the shoreline and the many trails throughout the park. It’s an excellent place for paddlers in kayaks and canoes to float the river between Huguenot Flatwater and Pony Pasture Rapids. There are plenty of small islands that can always use some cleaning up.

Safety: Closed toe shoes are required! Pony Pasture is a natural area park, please watch steep drop offs and watch your footing.

Note: Restrooms and water fountain on site.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be designated to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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Goochland County

Tucker Park at Maiden’s Landing – Paddlers and Walkers – CAPACITY 25
1300 Maidens Road, Goochland, VA 23102Tucker Park

Tucker Park is located along the James River with about 35 acres of open space on either side of Route 522. The western portion of the park is made up of a mile-long walking trail, environmental outdoor classroom, stage/amphitheater, and picnic areas. A non-motorized boat launch is available on the eastside of Route 522. The park is frequented by many County residents and needs to be cleaned up often, as well as the park’s river banks. Litter cleanup is also needed along nearby roads.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be identified to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org.

Special note:  All Goochland County Parks and Public space are acceptable alternative clean-up locations, just remember to take collection of trash bags delivered to the main Goochland County Convenience Center in the Hidden Rock Complex (off Fairground Road).

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Henrico County

Osborne Park and Boat Landing – Walkers – CAPACITY 20
9680-B Osborne Turnpike, Henrico, VA 23231Osborne Boat Landing Cleanup

Osborne Park and Boat Landing is located on the lower, tidal portion of the river in eastern Henrico.  It is predominantly a site for boaters due to the outstanding launch facility located at the park, but this year the focus will be on walking volunteers due to social distancing requirements.  Cleanup times for this location are between 9 – 11 a.m.  Walkers are welcome to check in by the water for their assigned section of park.

Due to COVID-19, we are hosting this as a self-directed cleanup. Social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Please bring your gloves, masks, trash bags, water, snacks and insect repellant.   A location will be designated to drop your trash bags to be collected and disposed.  Don’t forget to take a picture, count bags and email to info@jrac-va.org .

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