The 16th Annual Jacks Fork Cleanup is this Saturday

SRSTAActivities: Hop aboard your vessel of choice! We’ll snag trash from the Jacks Fork and commune with Ozark floaters in one of Stream Team’s staple stewardship events, sponsored by the Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association.
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: Registration 8-9 a.m.
Place: One of seven locations (see below)

What to expect: This is a float-centric cleanup. But we’ll let landlubbers pick up along the banks.

Pick your own location, and get there between 8-9 a.m. After the signup and shuttle, the group will start to float their section.  Some float fast while others spend a lot of time on the bars and diving, so groups tend to get scattered.

Expect more snooping for trash than muscling. “After 15 years, our cleanups have become more maintenance than hard-core cleanup,” cleanup contact Ted Haviland says. “Last year, we managed to take a dozen tires and maybe 50+ bags of trash…from 44 miles of river.” Great job keeping it up, gee whiz!

“You will be walking gravel bars and low water river banks,” Ted says. Or, for the Cousteaus among us, he adds, “Some people may want to bring a snorkel mask and tube to dive the deeper sections of the river. (My favorite part!)”

Locations for cleanup start and registration:

  • Highway Y to Buck Hollow at Highway 17
  • Buck Hollow to Bockers Landing
  • Bockers Landing to Rymers Landing
  • Rymers Landing to Bay Creek
  • Bay Creek to Alley Spring Campground
  • Alley Campground to Highway 19 Eminence Bridge
  • Eminence Bridge to Two Rivers

Or you may clean up one of the Put-in/Take-out areas listed above.

Much ado about canoes: Canoes/kayaks are the responsibility of the participants.  You can bring your own or contact a livery to make shuttle arrangements through them–call for information on Stream Team discounts, which require your Stream Team ID Card. Private shuttles will be arranged for most locations, but no guarantees.

What to bring: As you will be on the river for 5-6 hours, we suggest that you bring a light lunch.  You need to bring plenty of liquids, sun screen insect repellant, and sturdy river footwear. Some may want to bring a snorkel mask and tube to dive the deeper sections of the river. A large floppy hat to keep the sun at bay is advisable too.  A small first-aid kit for nicks & scratches would be good too. 

And some life advice: Sun, heat and alcohol DO NOT mix! Please keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum. This is a cleanup…not a party.

And a celebration at the end: A BBQ supper will be served to all registered participants at the Alley Mill picnic area at 5:00 p.m. There will also be veggie burgers and brats. Drawing for canoes and other prizes to follow. You MUST be present to win!

There will be a group campsite reserved at Alley Spring Campground. Call (417) 932-4363 to reserve a place.

To get stamps on your passport: See Kat Lackman at the aformentioned picnic event!

For more information, call Ted Haviland at (417) 932-4363 or e-mail tphaviland@gmai​

25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalThe 16th Annual Jacks Fork Cleanup is part of “25 Days of Stream Team” and counts as a stamp on your Stream Team passport. If ya don’t get out on the streams, you can’t win cool prizes. See all past and upcoming events here.


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