Annual River Cleanup
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-1108
Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park are sponsoring the fourth annual River Cleanup Day on Saturday, November 9, 2013. We are seeking volunteers to remove litter while spending a day canoeing, rafting, or hiking along the Rio Grande. These efforts improve local water quality, restore natural beauty, and reduce potential threats to human health and wildlife. The River Cleanup is a great way for groups of people to get together, have fun, and help their environment.
Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park will supply the river permits, tools, and trash bags for the volunteers who sign up to help us pick-up trash, abandoned fishing lines, and old tires in our efforts to help preserve the beauty of one of our nation's most scenic and threatened rivers. The clean-up is a partnership of the two agencies but each area will be doing the trips slightly different.
For Big Bend National Park: The park will have two separate excursions, with each trip limited to 10 people. The park will provide the canoes and arrange shuttles. Please contact Jane Brown at 432-477-1106 or email for more information and to sign up for a trip.For Big Bend Ranch State Park: Bring your own canoes, kayaks, inflatable kayaks, or hiking shoes. Let us know if you have a boat and how many people you can carry. For those who do not have a boat or do not want to get on the river, we will be doing a clean-up along the River Road, FM 170. To volunteer and for more information call Lou McKaughan at Barton Warnock Visitor Center at 432-424-3327 or email.
Did You Know?
As planning progressed for the new Big Bend National Park in the early 1940s, one prominent proposal called for the development of a dude ranch in the new park. Occupying as much as 200,000 acres, the ranch would have featured longhorn cattle. Objections by biologists helped eliminate the idea. More...