Public Cleanups on Belle Isle 

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


These are 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. 

Through our anti-litter campaign, Keep Belle Isle Beautiful, our goal is to make 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.


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

Cleanups take place from 9:30am - 12pm at the Flynn Pavilion (map below). 

  • April 25th* Great Global Cleanup - Detroit River

  • May 16th

  • June 20* Summer Solstice Party & Cleanup (additional details TBD)

  • July 18

  • August 15

  • Sept 19* International Coastal Cleanup Day


Make an impact on Belle Isle by bringing your own bucket to the cleanup in order to reduce the amount of plastic bags entering our landfills. BYOBucket! Fridays will be held the second Friday of each month, July - September. 

Locations will vary throughout the season. These cleanups are on land only

  • Friday, July 10th

  • Friday, August 14th

  • Friday, Sept 11th

Helpful Tips: Interested volunteers should dress for the weather predictions that day, wear shoes that can get wet (water shoes or flip flops) and bring water to stay hydrated.

Belle Isle Conservancy | 300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit, MI 48207 | 313.331.7760 |

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