OREGON COUNTY -- Officials with the Mark Twain National Forest are looking for volunteers to help cleanup the Eleven Point River.
The Eleven Point Ranger District is hosting a river cleanup Sept. 20 in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Wild and Scenic Beauty River Act. The Eleven Point was one of the original designated rivers.
"Our goal for this event is to clean up the river while enjoying the scenic beauty of the river for this special day," said Eleven Point District Ranger Tim Bond.
Registration for the cleanup will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Riverton boat ramp, located on Highway 160, approximately 15 miles east of Alton.
"We are encouraging both the floating and power-boating public to participate in the cleanup," Bond said.
The canoe floating group will meet at Riverton, then shuttle to the Whitten Access to begin river clean up from the Whitten Access to the Riverton Access. The power boaters will also begin at Riverton and complete the cleanup to the 142 Access.
All groups will meet back at the Riverton Access for a late lunch provided by the ranger district. Bond said those planning to attend need to bring a lawn chair for the lunch.
Volunteers will be provided with water for the day. They will need to bring their own snacks for the day and personal life vests to ensure they are safe in the boat. Some canoes may be available for use by the Forest Service, depending on the number of participants.
"We are asking those interested in participating to contact the Forest Service by Sept. 18 so we know how many to prepare for and expect," Bond said.
For more information contact K.C. Olsen, Recreation Staff at the Eleven Point Ranger Office at 573-996-2153, ext. 131.