Little Calumet River Cleanup

June 1, 2013 | 8 am and 11 am

The event will include an on-the-water cleanup of the Little Calumet from canoes and kayaks, and a land-based cleanup in the forest preserves along the river. We will host a gathering at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Little Calumet Boat Launch Forest Preserve after the cleanup event. Everyone is invited to participate!

Paddlers with canoes and kayaks are encouraged to bring them and assist in the cleanup of the river. We will also have a limited number of canoes and kayaks to lend to those without their own boat. Sign up early if you are interested in this option. Those without boats are encouraged to help on land.

This event is completely free, but participants must register in advance. Please visit to register.

Water Clean Up: Meet at Gouwen’s Park at 8:00AM
Gouwens Park is located just north of 159th Street (Route 6), just west of I-94, in South Holland. For access from Route 6, turn north on Woodlawn Avenue, and then immediately veer east onto Seton Road. Follow Seton Road to the parking area.

Land Clean Up: Meet at the Little Calumet Boat Ramp at 11:00 a.m.
This boat ramp is located just east of Ashland Avenue, north of Jackson Street in Blue Island. If coming from I-57, exit I-57 at 127th (Burr Oak Ave) and go East about 0.10 miles to Ashland. Turn south on Ashland. Just after passing Broadway Street, look for a (likely unmarked) connector street on your left (the east side of the street). The total distance on Ashland from 127th to this connector street is about 0.80 miles. This street will connect you to Jackson Ave—Ashland does not connect to Jackson. When you get to Jackson Turn east (left) on Jackson and then north (left) into the Little Calumet Boat Ramp Preserve.

The clean up is sponsored, in part, by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and is also by sponsored and organized by the Calumet Waterway Stewards, a coalition that includes representatives from Illinois Water TrailKeepers, Openlands, the City of Blue Island, the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau, Illinois Paddling Council and citizens who want to enjoy and improve our waterways. It is supported, in part, by a SCALE grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

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