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Through our anti-litter campaign, Keep Belle Isle Beautiful, our goal is to make a great impact at both the local level, by reducing litter on Belle Isle, as well as the regional level, by being an active contributor to the umbrella, global campaign to keep our waters free of plastic pollution.

We are in critical need of volunteers who can either bring their own kayak and help us remove the trash that has made its way into the various lakes and lagoons on Belle Isle - or - keep their boots on the ground to remove landlocked litter throughout the park, preventing it from making its way into our watershed.

Public Cleanups

These are free, family-friendly events, welcoming volunteers of all ages! No RSVP needed. Please dress for the weather predicted that day and bring your own work gloves and reusable water bottle. 


Bring the whole family to keep Belle Isle Beautiful on the third Saturday of each month, May - October. 

Cleanups take place from 9:30am - 12pm and meet at the Belle Isle Aquarium. Kayaks welcome.

  • April 24th: Belle Isle Spring Cleanup

  • May 15th

  • June 19th


  • August 21st

  • September 18th: International Coastal Cleanup Day

  • October 16th


Bring the whole family to keep Belle Isle Beautiful on the second Friday of each month, July - October 

Cleanups take place from 9:30am - 12pm and meet at Belle Isle Beach. These cleanups are on land only

  • July 9th

  • August 13th - CANCELED

  • September 10th

  • October 8th


New this season! Make your adventure count. Bring your own kayak or SUP and join us as we 'paddle against plastic pollution' along the canals of Belle Isle. Kayak Club will take place twice a month throughout the season; the first Monday evening of each month from 6pm - 8pm and the fourth Sunday morning of each month from 9:30am - Noon. Please see below for the exact dates. 


No club dues are required! We simply ask that you bring your own kayaking needs (including a lifejacket) and be ready to mix, mingle and defend our waterways We will meet at the Flynn Pavilion, where cleanup supplies will be provided (trash bags, gloves, and grabbers). 


  • July 5th

  • August 2nd

  • September 13th (2nd Monday due to Labor Day



  • July 25th

  • August 22nd

  • September 26th

Weather-related cancelation policy for 'Keep Belle Isle Beautiful' cleanup events


All cleanups, including Kayak Club, will occur rain or shine. If at any time we experience lightning, thunderstorms, strong winds, rain coming down hard enough to impair vision or extreme heat, the event will be canceled immediately. Safety is #1, at all times. Being an island-wide cleanup, in addition to the nature of being out in kayaks, we are logistically unable to make a single park-wide announcement ending the event. The above criteria are information for you to have in advance so that you are aware of the conditions in which we will immediately cancel and volunteers can self-end their cleanup efforts. 

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Corporate Day of Service - $2,500

Looking for a safe and socially-distant volunteer opportunity for your corporate team? Launch your team’s unforgettable day of service on Belle Isle. We’ll provide a two-hour litter-removal excursion on Belle Isle with access to an outdoor meeting space to safely gather your group post-cleanup.


Keep Belle Isle Beautiful Corporate Days of Service are available to groups of all sizes. Limited days are available - reserve your corporate day of service today! Contact Director Environmental Initiatives and Affairs, Genevieve Nowak, at for more info.


For Friday and Saturday cleanups, individuals who can bring their own kayaks are encouraged to do so. Please email if you have a kayak or another water vessel that you can bring to the cleanup.

Bags and gloves will be provided. Come alone, bring your family, or plan to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a while.

Our cleanup will follow all current CDC recommendations that allow us all to remain safe.


Please bring your reusable water bottle and stay hydrated. Please wear closed-toe shoes or boots and dress for the weather prediction of the day. Due to the nature of being outdoors, consider bringing your sunblock and bug spray.