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River cleanup set for Saturday
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Mad Musky Water Sports Rentals will be providing free kayak rentals this Saturday for volunteers working to protect the waterways and environment of the Collins River.

The Collins River gives individuals a relaxing place to float. Now, Mad Musky Watersports is giving back by holding a river cleanup.

Mad Musky Watersports is holding a river cleanup this Saturday, Oct. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. 

The cleanup will take place along the 8 to 10 mile route the rental company floats between the Irving College area and Myers Cove Ramp.

“Part of a kayak company’s protocol is to protect the waterways and environment we’re sending our customers out to,” says Mad Musky Watersports owner Stacy Ellard.

Mad Musky rents kayaks, canoes, connected or single floats and shuttles customers to and from access points. The rental company is located at 1432 Myers Cove Road, and is open every day.

Mad Musky will be providing cleanup participants with free kayaks, life jackets and paddles on a first-come, first-serve basis. Trash bags will be given to all. Hand-washing facilities will be available and all equipment is sanitized before and after use.

“We’re asking people to call beforehand so we can get our kayaks ready for everyone,” says Ellard. “People with personal kayaks are encouraged to bring their own and help clean the river.”

All those involved in the cleanup, regardless of if using personal kayaks or Mad Musky’s, will be shuttled to the put-in spot and back to the store. Ellard said she’s noticed an increase of trash in the waterways this year.

“We did a cleanup at Rocket Park earlier this year and pulled a serious amount of trash out,” says Ellard. “We’ve actually had customers bring us trash they found while riding along our part of the river. We’ve even pulled out several old tires.”

The day of the cleanup is also Ellard’s birthday.

“It would be a great birthday gift for me to see everyone come out, clean up their area of the community and unite for the betterment of Warren County,” says Ellard.

Call 931-815-2FUN or text 931-743-7566 to make a reservation. For more information, visit madmuskywatersports.com.