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“Rake the Lake” at Sutton Lake on May 18

Published April 22, 2019

HUNTINGTON, W.Va… Every spring, dozens of volunteers come to Sutton Lake in Sutton, W.Va., and pick up trash and debris as part of the annual “Rake the Lake” event. This year’s clean-up campaign is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register, but anyone may register the day of the event at the launch ramp in Bee Run Day Use Area, or in Gerald Freeman or Bakers Run Campground. 

Some take their boat to their favorite cove and pick up trash; others will drive to an area and pick up trash. Over eight tons of trash and hundreds of tires have been removed from Sutton Lake during previous events.

After the weather this past winter, there is a lot of trash on and around the lake. If you have a kayak, canoe, jon-boat or pontoon boat you can pick up trash on aand around the lake. You can also clean up on foot along the Left Fork of Holly River or 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.

In recognition and appreciation for their service, the first 100 participants will receive a T-shirt.  To celebrate the day’s work, all participants are invited to a BBQ at Sutton Lake Marina, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Sutton Lake’s “Rake the Lake” is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Sutton Lake Marina, and other community sponsors.

Come join us for a day of fun and work to make Sutton Lake just a little cleaner! For more information or to pre-register, please call the Sutton Lake Office at 304-765-2816, or e-mail 

Sutton Lake

Release no. 19-002