Adopt-a-River Program

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Be part of the solution!

Minnesota boasts some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and ponds in the world. But keeping these shorelines free from trash and debris is no easy task. You can be part of the solution by getting involved with the Adopt-a-River program.

Signing up is simple:

  1. Choose your favorite lake, river or pond.

  2. Register.

  3. Clean it up.

Since 1989, volunteers have removed over 6.5 million pounds of trash from thousands of miles of shoreline on Minnesota's lakes, rivers and ponds. You can join together with thousands of other volunteers in this fun and meaningful way to keep Minnesota's waterways beautiful.

Already a volunteer? Click here to report your cleanup

Questions? Contact Rachel Wagner.

Use the map below to view Adopt-a-River registrations and clean-ups since 2016.

Color key for registrations (2016-2019)

  • Adopting a river (or other body of water) = Dark green

  • One-time clean up = Dark purple

  • Active Groups = Bright green

  • Individuals = Salmon

Color key for reports received after completed clean-ups (2016-2019)

  • 2019 = Dark Blue

  • 2018 = Orange

  • 2017 = Purple

  • 2016 = Dark Pink