The 21st Elkhorn Creek Cleanup will be held April 21 at 9:00AM. Ernie Nester, one of the founders of the Kanawha Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited based in Charleston, fished Elkhorn Creek from the early 90s up until the time he passed away in 2012. In an effort to clean this great wild reproducing trout stream, he contacted the solid waste authority in McDowell, WVDEP REAP Program and other nonprofit organizations to connect and work together to maintain the Elkhorn. After his passing, the Charleston TU Chapter voted to change the name to The Ernie Nester Chapter Trout Unlimited.
In 2015, the Southern West Virginia Chapter Trout Unlimited took over as the cleanup leader. The president, Steven Pugh has been instrumental in contacting local businesses, local leaders and leaders from around the state to participate in the effort.
Thursday through Sunday, volunteers will be in McDowell County to support local businesses and cleaning the stream. A lot of volunteers plan to stay at the Ashland Resort through the weekend.
Saturday is the cleanup day. Volunteers will meet at the old Elkhorn Post Office in Elkhorn, WV next to the iconic red caboose. Typically, 75-100 volunteers driving an average trip of 200 miles will participate with a few up to 500 miles! We are excited to have this dedication to maintaining the beauty of Elkhorn Creek.
There are section leaders that clean the towns of Ashland, Rolfe, Northfork, Elkhorn, Switchback and Maybeury.
Approximately 6-8 tons of trash will be picked up and placed in trash bins in various locations and 5-6 miles of the stream will be cleaned.
Gloves, trash bags and bottled water will be supplied.
Elkhorn Creek is an extremely popular wild trout stream in West Virginia for locals and tourists alike. We strongly strive to get those fishers to participate and local participation is critical as well. Our end goal is to help boost the economy of McDowell County, help the local land owners, business owners and ultimately clean one of the best trout streams in the area.