If it is storming on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. (thunder, lightning, heavy downpour,) we will delay Riversweep until 10:00 a.m. If it is still storming, then we will cancel and announce the rain date as soon as a decision is made.
If it is only drizzling, we will hold Riversweep as scheduled. 
An e-mail will be sent on Saturday morning if the event is delayed or cancelled.


Lake Wylie Riversweep still needs your help. Please go to the site of your choice and register Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. on May 21, 2016. There are 14 sites to choose from. If you are a group of ten or more, please contact Connie Miller at for assistance. 

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The 14th annual Riversweep is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st!

Prize drawings will be held for pre-registered volunteers and boat captains!

Individual and group volunteers who are registered by MIDNIGHT of May 16, 2016, will be entered in a drawing for prizes*. Each site will have a volunteer winner (14 winners total.) Register for a chance to win a Leinenkugel's backpack with a weather radio and a Cabela's gift bag!

Boat captains who are registered by MIDNIGHT of May 16, 2016, will be entered in a drawing just for boat captains*. Four winners will receive Charlotte Knights Baseball tickets (4 seats for each winner) and three winners of Carolina Panther Football tickets (2 seats for each winner.)

*Members of the Lake Wylie Riversweep Committee, CRF staff, the Marine Commission, CRF board members and site captains are not eligible to enter the drawings. 

It will be the first time that the Lake Wylie clean up event is held in the spring instead of the traditional October timeframe. 

The extraordinary drought in 2015 dictated cancellation of Riversweep last October for the sake of safety. Today, the need for a clean up can be readily seen along the lake’s shorelines. Recent flooding has compounded the usual, seasonal load of washed up trash, litter and debris and has added to the urgency for a spring clean up; Riversweep 2016 is needed before October.

This year, Riversweep is set for the Saturday before the Memorial Day weekend holiday. It is a great way to get ready for summer on the water. We’re looking forward to new opportunities for volunteer participation and media exposure that the May clean up offers.

Other than the spring date, Riversweep will be conducted in the same manner as in past years, with these special additions:

New Corporate Partner

Leinenkugel’s Brewing Company is joining Riversweep, bringing promotional support to advertise the event and merchandise materials to recognize volunteers for their time and efforts. We’re grateful to be a part of the company’s Canoes for a Cause program.

14 Volunteer Site Locations

The usual Volunteer Sites remain the same with two new participants:

Long Cove Marina and Yacht Club is replacing the Copperhead Island site and Belmont Riverside Marina is replacing the Dale’s Landing site. We welcome these marinas to Riversweep and appreciate their contributions to helping maintain a clean and healthy Lake Wylie.

Please note: Volunteers who participated at the two “old” sites are encouraged to join their familiar Site Captains at the “new” site.   

New Sponsor

Please welcome Cabela’s to Riversweep this year.  In addition to their generous material contributions, the outdoor retailer is organizing their own group to participate in the clean up.

Boat Captain Recruitment

If there’s one thing everybody knows about Riversweep, it’s that we always need more Boat Captains to transport volunteers to where the trash and debris are located. 

To attract more boat owning participants, pre-registered Boat Captains will receive a free T-shirt and Boat Captain Cap, free plastic tarps to cover their boats, PLUS a tote bag of handy gifts, an entry into a drawing to win tickets to a Charlotte Knights baseball game AND an invitation to an after-party held at the conclusion of Riversweep, sponsored by Leinenkugel’s Brewing Company.

14 Volunteer Prize Drawings

A prize drawing will be held exclusively for pre-registered volunteers at each of the 14 Volunteer Site locations. 

Regardless of whether you pre-register as an individual or as part of a group, your name will be entered in the drawing held at the site you select when you pre-register

The drawing winner will be announced and the prize awarded by each Site Captain at each Site location at the conclusion of Riversweep.

Pre-registration is now open on this website.  Take a moment to look around at some of the expanded information in the Q & A section as well as more photos from past “Sweeps.”