Sweep the Hooch Group







Upper Chattahoochee Trout Unlimited
Bill Lott

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Tammy Bates
Outings Manager

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Dave Thomas
VIP Coordinator


Saturday April 9, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Add to Calendar 




Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Buford Dam downstream to Paces Mill
CRNRA MapBuford Dam
Bowman's Island
Settles Bridge
Abbotts Bridge
Medlock Bridge
McGinnis Ferry
Jones Bridge
Garrard Landing
Island Ford
Gold Branch
Morgan Falls
Johnson Ferry
Powers Island
Sope Creek
Whitewater Creek
Paces Mill

Riverview Landing
Peachtree Creek
Don Carter State Park
Sweetwater State Park
Chattahoochee Bend State Park

No charge 

Facebook - Find Us

2016 Sponsors

River Benefactor


River Defender




River Conservator



Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco

River Patron

Boutte's Tree Company

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy

Jabian Cares

Mainstreet Community 

Sixth Annual
Sweep the Hooch
Saturday - April 9, 2016


1 Day, 38 Projects and A Lot of Trash!

Register Now

Sorry, Can't Make The Cleanup

But Will Make A Donation


Facebook - Find Us   

We are gearing up for another BIG cleanup this year, on April 9th! Although it's obvious to most that river cleanups improve the quality of our water, we’ve discovered that they do much more than that. Cleanups are also a great way to develop a sense of “river community.” This is your chance to volunteer and be part of this community.

And, we are growing! Last year we added Georgia State Park sites (Sweetwater Creek, Chattahoochee Bend, and Don Carter), plus Gwinnett County (Jones Bridge) and Riverview Landing in Mableton.

In 2014 580 volunteers removed 7.275 tons of river refuse with more than half ton of trash recycled. That's 14,500 pounds!!! 

One Entertainment Sweep the Hooch 2014


NPS Logo



CRK Logo


Trout Unlimited, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and National Park Service have joined together to organize this multi-site cleanup within the 44 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and several Georgia Dtate Parks. We will be tackling 27 sites with 18 trail clean-ups, 6 wading sites and paddling 13 river segments. Each site has a capacity and will close once we reach that capacity – so register early!  

Volunteers are needed as Walkers, Waders and Paddlers for river and trail clean-up sites.

SponsorsWe need your support to help cover our costs for equipment and supplies.

Teams - We welcome teams, but all volunteers must register individually. During the registration process, you can enter your Team Name. 


Volunteers are labeled Walkers, Waders, and Paddlers. Each site has a capacity and will close once we reach that capacity – so register early!

Walker Sites: 
Don Carter State Park
Bowmans Island – South
Settles Bridge
McGinnis Ferry
Suwanee Creek
Rogers Bridge
Jones Bridge (Fulton)
Jones Bridge (Gwinnett)
Island Ford
Abbotts Bridge

Gold Branch
Powers Island
Cochran Shoals/Colums Dr
Whitewater/E Palisades

Paces Mill/W Palisades
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
 BIg Creek Chattahoochee Bend State Park McIntosh Reserve Park Peachtree Creek Proctor Creek Tanyard Creek

Wader Sites: 
Bowman’s Island
Settles Bridge
Jones Bridge
Island Ford 
Whitewater Creek 

Paddler Sections:
Don Carter State Park
Buford Dam (Lower Pool) to Settles Bridge
Settles Bride to McGinnis Ferry
Abbotts Bridge to Medlock Bridge
Garrard Landing to Island Ford
Azalea Park (in and out)
Morgan Falls Park (above the dam, in and out)
Johnson Ferry to Powers Island
Powers Island to Paces Mill
Sweetwater Creek State Park (in and out)
Chattahoochee Bend State Park (in and out

Walkers are land based volunteers who will pick up trash and perform trail maintenance. At some sites, walkers will specifically target invasive non-native vegetation (such as privet). 

Kitchen Sink

Waders are volunteers equipped with waders or wading boots and are needed at select sites. These volunteers will collect trash from the shallow water areas, and from areas on the river bank which are accessed most easily from the river and streamside trails. Volunteers must provide their own waders. 

will utilize kayaks/canoes/SUPs and travel between 3-5 miles per segment. These crafts are useful in collecting debris from portions of the river that cannot be accessed from the land side. Volunteers must provide their own kayaks and/or canoes. Boats are not available on-site.

To learn more about the locations, click here to view a map of the entire CRNRA


Sponsorship – We need your support to help cover our costs for equipment and supplies. For Sponsorship benefits and details, email Tammy Bates at tbates@ucriverkeeper.org or Bill Lott at sweepthehooch@ucctu.org.

TEAMS. We welcome teams, but all volunteers must register individually. During the registration process, you can enter your Team Name. 

Child/Youth Participation: We welcome children, but they must be supervised at all times by an adult. Although a cleanup is not normally dangerous, it can be to an unattended child. Walkers/Waders: Must be at least 9 years old. Paddlers: If paddling solo, paddler must be at least 15 years old. If paddling tandem, youth must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old.

Each participant is required to sign the CRK Liablity Waiver. Click here to read the CRK Liability Waiver. This form will be authorized as an electronic signature during the registration process.