It’s spring and that means it’s time to get ready for summer at Cave Run Lake.

    Each year the Cave Run Lake Cleanup, a volunteer event, asks local users of the lake to help clear litter and debris for a more enjoyable experience for everyone visiting the area.

    It takes place Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those wishing to participate are asked to meet early at the Clay Lick Boat Ramp to register and be assigned to an area to clean.

    District Ranger Dave Manner of the Daniel Boone National Forest said that the cleanup is a vital aspect to maintaining the quality of the lake.

    “Litter from illegal dumps in other counties washes into the lake so we get tires, appliances, propane tanks and lots of plastic bottles of all shapes and sizes on the shoreline,” said Manner. “It is unsightly and often times the garbage is not seen once the trees bloom and waters rise, so it is important to take care of it immediately.”

    Manner said that the cleanup highlights the importance of proper trash disposal and clean water.

    “We will be distributing trash bags to volunteers and there will be a pontoon boat to transport people to the shorelines that we are focusing on,” said Manner. “There aren’t always immediate effects from litter but there could be if left unattended.”

    The number of volunteers has varied from year to year.

    “We’ve had more than 100 volunteers before but it is really controlled by the weather because some are less apt to come out if the weather is bad,” said Manner. “We encourage people to dress accordingly, with gloves, long pants and boots or weatherproof shoes. And we also hope that those with boats will come out to help.”

    He added that he has worked with many dedicated volunteers throughout the years that really care about the lake.

    “We really appreciate all those involved in the past and hope to continually add more to those numbers,” said Manner. “It is a really great opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty and give back to the community.”

    Lunch will be provided for volunteers and trash will be collected and disposed of properly.

    The Cave Run Lake Cleanup is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Morehead State University’s Environmental Education Center, Rowan County Solid Waste, Cave Run Marinas, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Papa John’s Pizza, Porter Tire, and Advanced Disposal.

     For more information, call the Cumberland Ranger District at 784-6428.

    Shayla Menville can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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