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Join the Lake Cleanup

Volunteers clean the shoreline during the 2020 event. Lake Junaluska photo Volunteers clean the shoreline during the 2020 event. Lake Junaluska photo

The annual Lake Cleanup at Lake Junaluska will be held over the course of four days this year, taking place Feb. 19-20 and 26-27 in order to allow added safety precautions in light of the pandemic. 

The event will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two Fridays and two Saturdays to enable volunteers to come at different times and more easily socially distance as they pick up trash and debris along an assigned part of the lakeshore. 

The challenge for this year’s cleanup organizers was to eliminate the social gathering aspect of the cleanups in past years, said Jim Pearson, coordinator of the lake cleanup. For 2021, volunteers will go directly to their assigned areas, where trash bags and litter pickup sticks will be waiting for them. Once they are finished, all bags and pickup sticks are simply left in the assigned area.

Another change from previous years is the registration process. Instead of waiting in line to sign up at a central location on cleanup day, preregistration will take place online.

Participants should dress warmly, wear a pair of gloves, and bring an extra pair of shoes in case conditions are muddy. Helpers of all ages are welcome to be part of the cleanup, but adult chaperones must accompany youth.  

The event is organized by the Junaluskans, a volunteer organization of Junaluska residents and people who love the lake, with support from Lake Junaluska staff and Haywood Waterways Association. 

Jim Pearson is available at 502.419.3035. Register at

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