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Summer Cleanup


The Kings River Watershed Partnership will hold it's 22nd river cleanup on Saturday June 4th. We will be floating a lower section of the river.


If you would like to join us, meet at the Grandview bridge at 8 am sharp. Bring your boat and a sack lunch. A cook-out and doorprizes with live music will follow. For more info call Ray at 870-654-4134.



Map to Summer 2016 KRWP Kings River cleanup.



Turn North off of US Hwy 62 between Berryville and Eureka Springs (just east of the Kings River Bridge) onto Arkansas Hwy 143. In a few miles, turn right at the cleanup sign to access the river before you cross the Grandview bridge.


Madison County Spring River Cleanup


Map of Spring 2016 River Section Cleaned  Sone of the Volunteers at river cleanup, spring 2016.

The Kings River Watershed Partnership Madison County river cleanup on April 16th was a great success. Special thanks to the sixteen paddlers participating and a member of the partnership who allowed access to the river.


Also a big thanks to Kings River Outfitters for their help with shuttles and to the Madison County Recycling Center.


Two groups recovered a total of 81 tires, 500 pounds of metal, and a large pickup load of trash.


This was the twenty-first river cleanup held by the Kings River Watershed Partnership.




KRWP River Cleanup - June 2015 - Osage Creek


Kings Armada-Cleaned Up 11 miles of Osage Creek above the confluence with the Kings River - June 6, 2015


On Saturday, June 6, 2015, fifteen dedicated river cleaners turned up for the annual Carroll County portion of the Kings River Clean up, which had been postponed from the previous week due to high water. Longtime organizer Ray Warren made the call that the Kings was still flowing too fast to make it feasible to see or collect tires and difficult even for trash collecting, so instead, it was decided that the group would tackle a stretch of Osage Creek that feeds into the Kings and can be a source of some of the debris that makes its way into the larger river.


Butch Hanby permitted the 'Armada' participants to launch from his farm access. The group covered 11 miles, all the way to the confluence with the Kings River at the Hwy. 62 bridge. There was not as much recent-looking debris, a cause for celebration. However, heavy rains had sent a number of plastic feed bins into the creek, and there were several places where it appeared that people might be disposing of articles by pushing them over bluffs to land along the banks.


Aaron Thompson admires the Kings Armada's treasure trove hauled out of Osage Creek this year.

Several shattered TVs were found, along with a notebook computer, washing machine elements, battered aluminum cans, and many plastic bags. It was a long day of paddling and trash collecting, but the end result was a trailer so packed with tires, metal and plastic bins that the sacks of loose trash were consigned to the bed of a pickup truck.


At the cook out following the clean up, the group enjoyed live music and BBQ, and door prizes donated by area merchants. Gail Deweese won the kayak that was raffled off. Many thanks to all who came to take part in this 10th year of annual clean-ups, and to the members and merchants who also support the Kings River Watershed Partnership in monitoring and protecting this valuable shared resource.


A big thank you to all of participants and to area sponsors for this event!




Thirty one businesses and organizations from Carroll County and Northwest Arkansas generously supported this year's river cleanup. Please support them and say thanks the next time you visit them!


Kings River Outfitters Carroll County Solid Waste Authority Crockett's Canoe Rental, Harriet
Taqueria Navidad, Berryville Buffalo River Float Service, Yellville Turner Bend Store, Cass Arkansas
Byrds Adventure Center, Cass Arkansas Buffalo River Canoe, Mt. Sherman Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging, Ponca
Farmer in the Deli, Berryville Wild Bill's Outfitters, Yellville Pizza Hut of Berryville
Ozark Cafe, Jasper Las Playitas KFC in Berryville
Gilbert General Store, Gilbert Berryville Liquor Shoppe Silver Hill Float Service, Silver Hill
Steves Septic Service Buffalo River Outfitters, Sliver Hill Beaver Dam Store
Beaver Lake Liquors, Hindsville Subway of Berryville Sundown Liquor, Alpena
Quicker Liquor, Alpena Wild Blue Yonder, Eureka Springs Brews, Eureka Springs
Crescent Moon Beads, Eureka Springs East Gate Salon-Malissa Payne, Eureka Springs Fain’s Herbacy, Eureka Springs
Gazebo Books, Eureka Springs    



10th Annual Madison County Kings River Cleanup


On April 18, 2015, a small but dedicated band braved high water and rain to spend the day digging up tires, collecting debris, including a toilet, child's bike, a battered road sign, the drum from a cement mixer, corrugated metal panels, plastic tubing and several giant wads of baling twine in a rainbow of colors, and much more. They thank Jack McCullough for allowing them to park the trash trailer on his property, and to Madison County Solid Waste for taking the material for proper disposal.

A big thank you to the residents of Madison County. Each year the river is getting less trash and debris!


Results of Madison County Cleanup

Carroll County River Cleanup - May 31, 2014

Map of KRWP River Cleanup Area May 2014

The Carroll County portion of the yearly Kings River Cleanup went off without a hitch. Nearly four dozen participants divided up into five groups and picked up trash and debris from Rock House Access to the Romp Hole Access near the Missouri state line -- 38 miles in total. Over all, less trash was collected than in previous years, indicating that people are beginning to recognize the importance of caring for this fabulous resource.


A large number of tires were collected however. Landowners sometimes use old tires to try and prevent or reduce erosion. During hard rains or flooding, these tires are washed into the river and along the shoreline. Between the two annual clean up efforts, a total of 121 tires were removed. This is only a few tires short of a record. Afterwards, the participants were treated to a picnic meal. music and door prizes generously donated by a number of sponsors, The kayak drawing was also held, and the winner was Nathan Bolerjack of Berryville.


A big THANK YOU to all who came out to help keep this river beautiful! Thank you for the continued help of the Carroll County Waste Authority and the Bluegrass Band, Southern Zephyr.


Special thanks to Scout Troop 67 lead by Scoutmaster Bruce Bieske, as well as to the local landowners who allowed us to store trash on their property until we could return to haul it off.


Stoney Point Crew with stash of trash Tire extraction in progress.

On the left: Cleanup crew at Stoney Point with their stash of trash! On the right: tractor tire extraction in progress.



Thirty one businesses and organizations from Carroll County and Northwest Arkansas generously supported this year's river cleanup. Please support them and say thanks the next time you visit them!


Kings River Outfitters Kings River Rapids LLC Ozark Mountain Trading Co.
Arkansas Game and Fish Riverview Resort, Eureka Springs Turner Bend Store, Cass Arkansas
Byrds Adventure Center, Cass Arkansas Buffalo River Canoe, Mt. Sherman Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging, Ponca
Good Times Pizza Geraldis on the Square Pizza Hut of Berryville
Old Mexico Restaurant Las Playitas II KFC in Berryville
Berryville Ford Berryville Liquor Main Street Liquor
Steves Septic Service Country Rooster, Green Forest Beaver Dam Store
Keel’s Creek Winery Gazebo Books Nelson Leather
Sparky’s It’s A Small World Granny’s Place
Crescent Moon Beads Jewel Box Fain’s Herbacy
Wild Blue Yonder    


Madison County River Cleanup - April 26, 2014



Twenty three volunteers took part in the April 26th Madison County Kings River clean-up effort. Approximately 5-6 miles of river were covered from Marble Access to a private take out. More than 40 tires were retrieved, along with many bags of trash. Despite a cool, cloudy start and a few sprinkles, it turned out to be a great day to be out giving the river a spring cleaning!


KRWP April 26, 2014 Madison County Kings River Cleanup Group

2013 Kings River Cleanup - Carroll County



Earth Day 2013 Cleanup - Madison County


The A Team covered a section of river from Marshall Ford to the mid-way point The Madison County cleanup was another successful event for the Kings Armada. This year we were able to work 17 miles of the Kings River form Marshall Ford to Rockhouse Landing recovering 54 tires, a pick-up load of trash and 200 pounds of metal.


Two intrepid members of the Kings Armada wrangling a load. Thank you to the 15 local paddlers who braved the chilly start and a swift river. Also thank you to the private property owner for help with access to a difficult section of the river. Thanks to Michael Fitzpatrick and Kings River Outfitters for help with the long shuttles. Again as always thanks to Madison County Recycling for the big job of taking on those 54 tires.

Kings River Cleanup - June 2, 2012

Kings River Watershed Partnership's second clean-up of 2012 was a big success, in spite of water levels that were too low for paddling. This year's effort was to focus on public and private accesses, dump sites and favorite fishing holes. The items recovered included 35 tires, a lead acid battery, an old cook stove, several household appliances and 4.5 cubic yards trash. Thank you to the 34 volunteers. Some traveled from Fayetteville and Springdale. Many of them are regular participants including Boy Scout Troop 67.

Twenty-seven businesses and organizations from Berryville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest and Northwest Arkansas, donated resources that helped to make this event a big success. Please thank these folks for supporting the Kings River next time you see them:


Carroll County Solid Waste Authority Kings River Rapids LLC  Uncle Sam's Safari Outfitters, Fayetteville
Pack Rat Outdoors Center Ozark Mountain Trading Co.  Lewis and Clark Outfitters, Springdale
Hunnicut Animal Health Turner Bend Store, Ozark  Steve's Septic Service
Delphia Dreams The Daily Roast  Granny's Place
Caribe Restaurant Wild Blue Yonder  Sparky's Restaurant
Bubbas BBQ Kings River Adventures  Kings River Outfitters
Main Liquor Meek's Lumber  Ozark Cafe
KFC Berryville Liquor  KTHS Radio Station
Pizza Hut Good Times Pizza  New Fitness



Rock House Access Trash River Cleanup Group-2012
Rock House Access after Memorial Day


Caring for the Kings River
Loading Up Trash Trailer Load
Claire Allison checks out the load A hard day's work and a cleaner river!

Spring 2012 River Cleanup - Madison County ~ Earth Day

Here's the report from Ray Warren:

"We had a really good clean-up Saturday. I think the cold start kept some away. We had eight paddlers instead of our usual 20. Thanks Lin, she wrangled a couple of friends visiting from Fla. We stopped for lunch at a scenic bluff and the property owner was there, who graciously offered to let us off- load what we had on his property and start after lunch with empty boats. We recovered 44 car tires, 6 truck tires, 2 agri tires, several bags of trash, some metal and a fuel tank that surprisingly still had some fuel (and sand)."


Rock House Access Trash River Cleanup Group-2012
A Bounty of Spring Trash


Grey Hauls It In


Loading Up Trash Trailer Load
Trash or Treasure? Kings Armada Strikes Again!


2011 River Cleanup

Kings River Armada-Group River Treasures
2011 Kings River Armada What else? A water heater


Forty people participated in the summer 2011 cleanup in Carroll County. The total haul included 64 tires, 1 water heater, one-and-a-half canoes, 1 table saw, 2 televisions, a faceless Barbie, most of a picnic table, a porta potty door, a coil of cable, a football helmet ,and many bags of trash. The stretch of river covered from Rock House to Grandview. A good time was had by all.


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Spring 2010 River Cleanup

April 17th the Kings Armada with a crew of 19 paddlers and 16 boats, covered 11.3 miles of King's River in Madison County beginning at the Marble access and ending at Marshall Ford. We removed 20 tires of various sizes, 350 gallons of trash and 200 pounds of metal. Once again, thanks to Randy Hudson for allowing us to use his property to cut this long section in half. Also a special thanks to the folks at Madison County Recycling Center for help disposing of the trash.



Sixty four businesses, organizations, and individuals from Berryville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest and Northwest Arkansas, donated resources that helped to make this event a huge success. KRWP thanks you!

Boy Scouts Troop 67


June 4th the King's Armada with the help of over 50 paddlers and a couple of dozen boats, covered 38 miles of King's River in Carroll County. We removed 86 car tires, 7 tractor tires, 2 loader tires, an outhouse door, a child's merry go round, 5.3 yards of rubbish, a TV and a lead acid battery. Special thanks again to Twilla Tabor for helping organize the 1st ever cleanup from Stoney Point to the Romp Hole. Also special thanks to the Bluegrass band - Southern Zephyr, Eureka Springs Boy Scout Troop 67, Eureka Springs Time Bank, and 12 paddlers from the Ozark Society in Washington County. And once again special thanks go to Carroll County Solid Waste Authority for their ongoing help with our river cleanups.




Emily Johnson - kayak winner with Claire Allison (project coordinator), and                     board members Ray Warren and Grey Squires Intrepid 2010 River Cleanup Group from spring Madison County cleanup. Slideshow link- group photo
Emily Johnson - 2010 Kayak Winner 2010 Spring Cleanup Group Click to Download Slideshow