Please Help..4th Annual Ashley River Cleanup

Fellow fisher men and women,

I’d like to invite you to participate in the Summerville Saltwater Angler’s annual Ashley River Cleanup event. The date is dictated by the tide and this year the event is scheduled for Saturday, February 11th from approx 9:30am to 1:30pm. The event is out of Jessen Landing which is at the corner of Ladson and Dorchester Rd in Summerville. We will have a 7+ ft tide at approx 10:45 am. So, larger boats will be able to participate no problems.

Last year we had 50+ boats and collected 11.5 TONS of trash. There is a huge trash problem up there and we are trying to clean it up. This part of the river is hidden gem and extremely historic and beautiful.

What we need: Boats. We cannot collect the trash and debris without boats. If you have a boat and are willing to help but no crew, please come anyway, as we have many people without boats who would like to participate and we can match you up.

The best tool for the job is a long pole with a net attached to it. This way you can reach out and drag the trash toward you to collect it.

We will provide trash bags, pre-event refreshments, and post-event lunch thanks to our sponsors: Biggby Coffee on Trolley Rd, Triangle Char and Bar on Dorchester Rd. We have ton’s of community support: Dorchester County, Town of Summerville, SCDNR, Charleston Waterkeeper, CCA-SC, ASRAC, Palmetto Pride, etc.

Bring your family, kids etc. We even have a fun contest for strangest/weirdest trash piece collected.

More information on our Facebook page Ashley River Cleanup and/or

Thank you!

  • Dave Fladd, Event chair, Ashley River Cleanup (aka Optiker)

Some pics from last year.

What time do you need to be at boat landing?


It’s a rolling start, so anytime between 9:30 and 10AM would be perfect.

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What was the craziest thing you found last year? 11.5 tons is a bunch of trash! I imagine a lot comes from ditches draining in road debris?

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