Ashley River Cleanup

11.5 TonsOne of the most important things we do as a fishing club is community service. At our founding, we decided to adopt the Ashley River as our home waters and we focus our efforts on it as a result. Please come join us in making a difference by cleaning up the historic, upper Ashley.

The upper Ashley River is mostly undeveloped, and is one of the most beautiful and historic places in the greater Charleston area. Yet, the Ashley (sometimes called the “Trashley”) is known to have a lot of trash floating and collecting along it’s banks. We, the Summerville Saltwater Anglers, are trying to put an end to this. We want to work ourselves out of a job by cleaning the river and having it stay that way. In 2016, we removed 11.5 TONS of trash (among many other items that wouldn’t fit into a bag) in a short 2.5 hrs. And there was much more to get. We made a visible difference but alas, the trash is back this year! Why? Where is it coming from? What can we do to identify and eliminate the problem at it’s source? This is the kind of awareness that we would like to bring to the Summerville community. And we invite all interested in making this river pristine to come join us.

Below are the details:

Saturday, March 14, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

You can register at the following link:

Jessen Landing
Corner of Dorchester and Ladson Roads (Behind SCFCU bank)

What to bring:

  • Your boat, if possible. The more boats we have, the more trash we can collect.
  • Jon boats are perfect; boats up to 25 ft or so are fine.
  • Make sure you have all DNR safety gear including life jackets for your crew.
  • Dress to get dirty.
  • Tools to grab floating trash (long pole with a net on the end is perfect).
  • Bags, pickers will be provided.

ASRAC logo


SCDNRCharleston Waterkeeper Logo


Joey and crew hard at work


The boats leave for their designated sections of the river


Every type of ball imaginable was collected

Shane with Nemo

We even found Nemo. But he wasn’t welcome in the Ashley River!