It’s time to get dirty – South Holston Lake Cleanup set for August 9

The 22nd annual South Holston Lake and River Cleanup is just around the corner and volunteers are still needed.

The Cleanup is slated for Aug. 9 but for those volunteers interested in taking part in the event, early registration will take place Aug. 8 from 4-6 p.m. at Observation Knob.

Registration also will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 9 with the cleanup scheduled for 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Observation Knob serves as headquarters for the lake cleanup while the Weir Dam is the center of operations for the river cleanup.

Other registration sites include the Highway 421 Ramp, Little Oak Ramp, Washington County Park Ramp and the Bluff City Boat Ramp.

A post-cleanup celebration will take place that afternoon from noon-3 p.m., and will feature food, live music and door prizes. T-shirts will be distributed at Observation Knob while supplies last.

South Holston Lake is located along the border of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The lake covers 7,580 acres with 168 miles of shoreline.

The Cherokee National Forest borders much of the lake along with The U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds, Girl Scouts Campgrounds, private campgrounds and Sullivan County Campgrounds.

South Holston Lake provides drinking water to 73,000 people and recreation such as boating, fishing and swimming for an average of 4 million people each year.

Monetary contributions and door prizes also are currently being accepted. To make a donation, please contact Kathy Lowdermilk at 423-989-4850 or via email at

The above information was provided by the Bristol TN/VA Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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