Lake cleanup planned for August

PATOKA RESERVOIR — The Patoka Lake Cleanup Day will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.

Due to COVID-19 and the practice of social distancing, participants can meet an event coordinator at any of the following boat ramps to register: Painter’s Creek, Osborn, South Lick Fork, Lick Fork, Newton Stewart or South Ramp. Registration is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Trash pickup will take place from 8 to 11 a.m.

Participants may come by kayak, boat or car. Increased visitation this summer brought an increase in trash buildup. While the staff and volunteers work daily to clear the debris, there is still pounds of trash littering the shoreline.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Plan to wear close-toed walking shoes, bug spray and bring long pants. Participants will be placed in locations based on family groups. The event will be held in a stash the trash and dash style where trash bags will be left at the boat ramp and along highways for trucks to pick up.  Once participants have collected in their area, they are free to head home.

There will be no formal meal or prize giveaways due to COVID-19. For more information, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447.

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