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Volunteers Needed to "Rake the Lake" at Sutton Lake

Published May 10, 2017


HUNTINGTON, W.Va - Every spring dozens of volunteers come to Sutton Lake in Sutton, W.Va., to "Rake the Lake" - in other words, pick up trash and debris. Over eight tons of trash and hundreds of tires have been removed from Sutton Lake during previous events.     
This year's Clean-Up Campaign is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register, or they can register the day of the event at the launch ramp in Bee Run Day Use Area, or in Gerald Freeman or Bakers Run Campground.        

Last year's flood left behind a lot of trash on and around the lake. Volunteers can use their own boats or walk along any of the dozens of creeks flowing into Sutton Lake. Gloves, trash grabbers, and bags will be available at each Registration Station, along with instructions for disposal of trash and debris.      

In recognition and appreciation for their service, the first 100 participants will receive a T-shirt. All participants are invited to a BBQ at Sutton Lake Marina, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., which is provided by the sponsors of the event, including the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Sutton Lake Marina, and other community sponsors.     

For more information or to pre-register, please call the Sutton Lake Office at 304-765-2816, or e-mail                   


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Release no. 17-011