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Tuck River Cleanup

students at the tuck river cleanup


Join us on Saturday April 12th, 2025 for the 41st Annual Tuck River Cleanup and help clean up one of Jackson County’s largest natural resources! The Tuck River Cleanup is one of the nation's largest single-day river cleanups. Hundreds of volunteers unite to clean 15 miles of the Tuckasegee river from Cullowhee to Whittier, NC.

Registration will take place on the UC Lawn by the Alumni Tower at WCU.  To raft the river, one must  register the day of the event.  Registration will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Due to available gear, registration will be limited to about 500 volunteers.

There are alternative walking routes for those not meeting the requirements to raft the river or anyone who would prefer to not be on the river.  Walkers can register between 10:00 - 11:00 am. Walkers should wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. The number of walking volunteers will be capped at 30 due to the amount of available transportation.

The first 300 volunteers to register will receive a free t-shirt. Trash bags and transportation to and from rafting and walking routes will be provided.

Base Camp Cullowhee does not pre-register volunteers for the Tuck River Clean Up.

39th Annual Tuck River Cleanup by the Numbers



Rafting Requirements

  • The minimum weight to raft the Tuckasegee is 40 lbs.
  • Base Camp Cullowhee will provide participants with a paddle, personal floatation device,  and raft.
  • While on the river, each volunteer is required to wear a personal flotation device.
  • It is imperative that you take an active role in getting your raft down the river.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can get wet and dirty.
  • Each volunteer must wear shoes that will not come off during a swim. FLIP FLOPS and CROCS are not permitted.

Coolers and glass are not permitted on the river.

students at the tuck river cleanup


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