Join the Friends of the Rum River on their annual “Fun in the Rain or Sun Cleaning Up the Rum” event on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Each year the Friends of the Rum River target a different stretch of the 150-mile-long Rum River, partnering with Country Camping of Isanti. 

Those wishing to clean up should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the boat landing on County Road 14 (Oxbow Bridge/High Meadow landing, River Mile 49.6) where they will put in to traverse eight miles downstream, taking out across the river just above Cambridge City Park (River Mile 42.5). The clean-up will be complete by 3:30 p.m.

Participants are assigned a one-to-two mile section of the river to pick up, and then are free to paddle at leisure to the take-out. 

Items frequently found are pop and beer cans, fishing bobbers, and many, many tires. Other noteworthy items that have been found on this “junk hunt” included a swivel chair, two rusted out snowmobiles, a riding lawnmower, a truck topper, a creamery jug, and Mary Poppins’ umbrella. Expect to add more unique items to the list.

Attendees should bring their own canoe, kayak or other water-worthy devise, including paddles and life jackets. Protective gloves and garbage bags – provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – will be available at the boat launch. Bottles of water and snacks donated by area businesses will be available at the start, but bring a lunch if desired. 

Children aged 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Country Camping will again provide free shuttle for people and water crafts from start to finish and back until 4 p.m. 

Attendees should RSVP if possible, but show up even without advance notice. Groups are welcome. 

As well as shuttle service, Country Camping of Isanti will be donating use of canoes and kayaks to this event on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

For information, to RSVP, or reserve a canoe or partner contact Wally at 763-689-9619, Ralph at 763-689-0812 or Kriste at RumRiverNews@yahoo.com. Find “Friends of the Rum River” on Facebook. 

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