Great American River Clean-Up

Saturday, September 17, 2022

9 a.m. – Noon

Opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages and sizes. Come join us and hundreds of other volunteers in the largest American River Parkway Clean-Up of the year.

24 sites to choose from:

Discovery Park
Steelhead Creek*
Northgate Access*
C Street Access*
Cal Expo-Ethan*
Sutter’s Landing Regional Park
Paradise Beach (site currently full)
Northrop Access*
Guy West Bridge*
Howe Avenue*
Watt Avenue
Larchmont River Access
William B. Pond Recreation Area (site currently full)
River Bend Park
Sarah Court
Ancil Hoffman Park (site currently full)
Rossmoor Bar
Sunrise Recreation Areas
Sailor Bar
Nimbus Fish Hatchery
Black Miners Bar (Lake Natoma)
Beach Lake Road Restoration Site (Elk Grove)

*18+ ONLY Sites

Want to sign-up to be a site captain or bring out a large group? Email today.

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GARCU is the American River Parkway Foundation’s largest annual clean-up event and is held on California Coastal Cleanup Day in concert with the California Coastal Commission. For nearly 40 years, we have invited the community to take part in this statewide movement that mobilizes tens of thousands of volunteers throughout California to clean up trash from local beaches, lakes and waterways.

In past years, up to 2,100 local volunteers have come out to help remove debris from multiple areas along the river, highlighting why the Parkway is the greatest civic amenity in this region.

Our financial sponsors are an important part of APRF volunteer efforts, providing funds for supplies, such as trash bags, nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, first aid kits, water, and snacks. For more information about volunteering for or sponsoring a Parkway clean up event, please contact us at (916) 486-2773 or email


Thank You to Our Current GARCU Sponsors!

Mountain Lion

Black-Tailed Deer

River Otter

Jack Rabbit


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