Shore Sweep

Shore Sweep is an annual project that is supported by over
1,000 volunteers. The event removes an astonishing 30 – 50 tons
of trash from the lake.

Shore Sweep 2020

Shore Sweep 2020 is coming up on September 26th. . It will look a little different with masks and social distancing, but there is no better way to spend a Saturday than helping clean the banks and coves of Lake Lanier 6 feet apart from each other.

Register Today!

With the pandemic pre-registration, whether attending by land or water, is needed to ensure a no contact check-in process. Registration will also help distribute t-shirts and supplies appropriately throughout the sites. See you at Shore Sweep.




Lake Lanier Association’s annual Shore Sweep will take place on September 26 for the benefit of Lake Lanier and all that enjoy its beauty. Hundreds of volunteers come together for one BIG day of getting their hands dirty — literally. People walk the shorelines and travel the lake by boat, collecting trash in all shapes and size, from plastic water bottles to dock floatation blocks, dysfunctional lawn chairs, coolers, abandoned floats…the list is endless.

With over 1,000 volunteers at 12 different locations- lake residents, marina employees, recreational boaters and anyone else willing to lend a hand – collecting trash along the shores of Lake Lanier, Shore Sweep is an enormous success. Drop-off locations at parks, boat ramps, and participating marinas all around the lake make it easy for volunteers to dispose of the trash they collect as well as social distance.

We have even seen some crews head out over and over again, bringing in loads of trash for hours. Each year there are those who try to break the record Captain Rick Marton set when he and his crew collected 9 tons of trash.


As a Shore Sweep Volunteer, the first thing you need is…you guessed it — trash bags! Volunteers may pick up trash bags to collect trash from the shoreline at many locations around the lake. Those same locations participate as trash drop-off locations.

In addition to our day-of-event locations, there are several advance drop-off locations around the lake. Volunteers can bring bagged trash or large items to these locations for 2 weeks prior to the BIG DAY. LLA schedules barges to pick up at all these locations. Bringing items to the advance drop-off locations during the two weeks prior to Shore Sweep gives everyone around the lake a great way to contribute.

One of our awesome volunteers put together these quick instructions about what to expect the day of the Shore Sweep event.

Click here to see the document: Everything you wanted to know about Shore Sweep


Register Today!

With the pandemic pre-registration, whether attending by land or water, is needed to ensure a no contact check-in process. Registration will also help distribute t-shirts and supplies appropriately throughout the sites. See you at Shore Sweep.

Shore Sweep Advance Drop Information

In addition to the day of the event participating locations, we also have eight advance drop off locations around the lake. The advance locations are open two weeks prior to the event and will stay open through Friday evening, 9/25/2020. You can go ahead and bring bagged trash or large items and leave them at one of these locations. We have volunteers with boats scheduled to pick up at all these locations on Saturday morning for removal. Especially if you are not available to help with Shore Sweep on 9/26/2020, bringing items to the advance locations during the week is a great way to contribute to this event even if your schedule won’t allow you to be there on Saturday.

For the advance locations, THEY ONLY ACCEPT TRASH WHILE THE SHORE SWEEP SIGNS ARE IN PLACE. Please DO NOT bring trash to these locations other times of the year. Below is the list of advance locations. If you bring trash to any of these locations, please look for the signs posted and leave the debris close to the signs.

The lake map coordinates are from the Atlantic Mapping Recreation and Fishing Guide for Lake Lanier.

  1. Map coordinate J-7, closest buoy marker 1SM, old beach at Shady Grove Park
  2. Map coordinate H-7, closest buoy marker 4YD, Beaver Ruin Road shoreline area
  3. Map coordinate L-3, closest buoy marker 2SC, Gwinnett Park
  4. Map coordinate N-9, closest buoy marker 14, Gaines Ferry Islands
  5. Map coordinate L-18, closest buoy marker 33, Keith’s Bridge Island
  6. Map coordinate M-24, closest buoy marker 49, Old Dawsonville Highway road bed near DNR regional office and Martin Docks
  7. Map coordinate M-28, closest buoy marker 2WC, unnamed island
  8. Map coordinate D-21, closest buoy marker 21C, Nix Island

Advance Drop locations:


Shore Sweep Event Day

For the actual day of this year’s event, Saturday 9/26/2020, drop-off sites open at 8:00AM and will stay open until 1:00PM. We need volunteers by land as well as by water. For our by water volunteers, power boats, jet skis, pontoons, kayaks and canoes all have a place at this event.

There are 12 participating locations that you can choose to report to volunteer:

  1. Bald Ridge Marina, by the boat ramp, next to the gas dock
  2. Aqualand Marina, around to the south eastern corner of the Aqualand property, by the maintenance yard boat ramp
  3. Gainesville Marina, at the top of the sales dock
  4. Port Royale Marina, at the gas dock
  5. Lanier Islands Park, along the front entrance roadway
  6. Balus Creek Boat Ramp
  7. University Yacht Club, at the gas dock
  8. Don Carter Park, by the boat ramp, close to the cabins
  9. Gwinnett Park, across from Lanier Park beach at Saddle Dike #2
  10. Longwood Park, at the boat dock
  11. War Hill Parks
  12. Clark’s Bridge Boat ramp

Shore Sweep Event Day participating locations:


North Georgia Community
Foundation Building
615F Oak St, #200
Gainesville, GA 30501-8526