Shore Sweep Volunteers Needed for Advance Scouting

The Lake Lanier Association orchestrates a thousand Shore Sweep volunteers to collect trash from Lake Lanier annually.  Although this year’s event on Saturday, September 15, 2018 is officially scheduled from 8 AM until 1 PM, they could use your help even before the big day.

Shore Sweep Volunteers

Volunteers are invited to pre-register.  That way, organizers can maximize your time for this great cause.  Please email [email protected] with the following information:

  1.  Name
  2.  Email address
  3.  Phone number
  4.  Number of adults and number of children in your group
  5.  Which location are you reporting to? (See list of Shore Sweep locations below.)
  6.  Will you collect trash by boat OR by land?
  7.  If by boat, what type of vessel?

Bring a pair of gloves and wear clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty.  Please wear shoes that aren’t too flimsy to work in.

Volunteers will be given trash bags at many locations around the lake.  Lanier Islands allows free access to volunteers through their main gate to rid their shoreline of junk and garbage.

There are 11 participating locations that you can choose to report to volunteer:

  1.  Bald Ridge Marina, by the boat ramp, next to the gas dock
  2.  Aqualand Marina, around to the south eastern corner of the Aqualand property, by the maintenance yard boat ramp
  3.  Gainesville Marina, at the top of the sales dock
  4.  Port Royale Marina, at the gas dock
  5.  Lanier Islands Park, along the front entrance roadway
  6.  Balus Creek Boat Ramp
  7.  Big Creek Boat Ramp
  8.  Don Carter State Park, by the boat ramp close to the cabins
  9.  Gwinnett Park, across from Lanier Park beach at Saddle Dike #2
  10.  Longwood Park, at the boat dock
  11.  War Hill Park

Shore Sweep Advance Scouting

Advance scouting reports help dispatch volunteers on the day of the event.  Can you scout Lanier’s shoreline by boat and report back to us locations where trash and debris is sighted?  You will need a motor boat and a lake map that you can write on.

Please Note:  We love eager volunteers.  Trust us, one scouting route is plenty for anyone.

Advance Drop-Off Locations

There are several advance drop-off locations around the lake where volunteers can bring bagged trash or large items.  Barges will pick up properly bagged items.  This is an easy way for everyone to make a contribution to the cause.

THEY ONLY ACCEPT TRASH WHILE THE SHORE SWEEP SIGNS ARE IN PLACE. Please DO NOT bring trash to these locations other times of the year.

If you bring trash to any of these locations, please leave the debris close to the signs.

The coordinates are from the Atlantic Mapping Recreation and Fishing Guide for Lake Lanier.

  • Map coordinate J-7, closest buoy marker 1SM, old beach at Shady Grove Park
  • Map coordinate H-7, closest buoy marker 4YD, Beaver Ruin Road shoreline area
  • Map coordinate L-3, closest buoy marker 2SC, Gwinnett Park
  • Map coordinate N-9, closest buoy marker 14, Gaines Ferry Islands
  • Map coordinate L-18, closest buoy marker 33, Keith’s Bridge Island
  • Map coordinate M-24, closest buoy marker 49, Old Dawsonville Highway road bed near DNR regional office and Martin Docks
  • Map coordinate M-28, closest buoy marker 2WC, unnamed island
  • Map coordinate D-21, closest buoy marker 21C, Nix Island

If you cannot volunteer before or after Shore Sweep, that’s okay.  How about this?  The next time you see improperly discarded trash around Lake Lanier, toss it in the garbage.  That will make less work for everyone at next year’s Shore Sweep event.


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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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