Shore Sweep: Taking Trash Out of Lake Lanier

Taking Trash Out of Lake Lanier

Hundreds of volunteers will be taking trash out of Lake Lanier on Saturday, September 14th all around our favorite body of water from 8 AM until 1 PM for Shore Sweep 2019.

Trash removed from Lake Lanier during Shore Sweep ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Volunteers are primarily needed by the not-for-profit Lake Lanier Association to remove gar-bajj from islands, coves and shorelines and take it back to one of the collection sites around Lanier.

Other important jobs are checking people in, distributing cleanup supplies and passing out T-shirts and refreshments.

The two rules for Shore Sweep Volunteers are: have fun and stay safe! If you’ll be in a boat, please wear a life vest. If you’ll be handling stuff that you find laying (lying?) around, please wear a decent pair of gloves. Try to remember to bring sun screen, bug spray, plenty of water and sturdy shoes — not flip flops. Garbage bags will be provided.

Click Here for Shore Sweep Volunteer Tips & Info

Yes, you’re going to get dirty. Look on the bright side! If you meet The Most Perfect Person EVER … he or she will also be grungy. That means the next time you see them ought to be a pleasant surprise! (Presuming they bathe.)

2019 Shore Sweep Volunteer Registration

Shore Sweep Volunteer Sites

Here’s where you can drop off junk or hang around and help others!

  • LAqualand Marina (public boat ramp)
  • Bald Ridge Marina (Public Boat Ramp)
  • Balus Creek Boat Ramp
  • Clarks’ Bridge Boat Ramp
  • Don Carter State Park (public boat ramp)
  • Gainesville Marina (Public Boat Ramp)
  • Gwinnett Park boat Ramp
  • Lake Lanier Islands (walkers only at welcome center)
  • Longwood Park (boat ramp)
  • Port Royale Marina (public boat ramp)
  • University Yacht Club (Yacht office boat ramp)
  • Warhill Park boat ramp.

Actually, you don’t have to wait until the 14th to clean up Lanier. You can help beginning on Sunday, September 1st. That’s when advance locations will be open and ready for all the trash you can carry. The advance locations are NOT the sites that will be open during Shore Sweep. In fact, they’re only accessible by boat.

Shore Sweep Advance Locations

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

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

Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep Info

About Author

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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