NR-037: Volunteers needed at Corps lakes for 20th National Public Lands Day events

Published Sept. 5, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 4, 2013) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is enlisting the support of volunteers at its lakes on the Cumberland River and its tributaries for the 20th annual National Public Lands Day Sept. 28.

It is the largest volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind where people do clean up, repair, construction and refurbishment in public parks, forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and cultural and historic sites.

Visitors at USACE sites take part in tree planting, erosion control, bank stabilization, building trails, restoring recreation areas, trash pickup, removing invasive species and non-native plants, improving wildlife habitats and rehabilitating playgrounds.

Within the Nashville District the public is encouraged to participate at one off the following NPLD volunteer activities on the dates and times indicated:

Center Hill Lake: Rain or shine, a shoreline cleanup is planned from 9 a.m. to noon (Saturday) Sept. 28. Sign-in and garbage pick-up will be located at Floating Mill Recreation Area and Ragland Bottom Recreation Area. Participants will be provided gloves and garbage bags and assigned a section of shoreline to work. Lunch is provided. For additional information, to sign up, or to get directions, contact the Resource Manager's Office at (931) 858-3125. Also, follow Center Hill Lake on Facebook for the latest updates at

Cheatham Lake: The U S Army Corps of Engineers is partnering with several organizations in Cheatham County to help clean up areas impacted by recent high water events, which deposited trash and debris where over a million people recreate every year. The event is 8 a.m. (Saturday) Sept. 28 at Sycamore Creek Recreation Area in Chapmansboro Tenn., and involves removing trash and debris from this area and returning the area to its pre-flood status. Gloves and trash bags will be provided by the rangers. Registration is between 8 and 9 a.m. and the cleanup runs until noon. For additional information and directions, contact Park Ranger Dean Austin or Kyle Beverly at (615) 792-5697. Also follow Cheatham Lake on Facebook for the latest updates at

Cordell Hull Lake: A shoreline cleanup is planned from 8 a.m. to noon (Saturday) Sept. 21 at the Defeated Creek Park shelter located in the park’s free day use area. Volunteers will be provided with all equipment to do the work and lunch is provided. To sign up or for more information call the Natural Resource Manager’s Office at (615) 735-1034. Also follow Cordell Hull Lake on Facebook for the latest updates at

Dale Hollow Lake: A shoreline cleanup is planned from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Saturday) Sept. 28.  The check-in stations are at Pleasant Grove Recreation Area, Obey River Recreation Area and Lillydale Recreation Area.  Free trash bags will be provided at each location.  Volunteers are invited to enjoy a picnic cookout sponsored by the Friends of Dale Hollow Lake at the Dale Hollow Dam Recreation Area shelter at 1 p.m.  Call (931) 243-3136 to preregister and to help remove litter off of the lake’s 620 miles of shoreline and 25,000 surface acres of water.  Also follow Dale Hollow Lake on Facebook for the latest updates at   

J. Percy Priest Lake: A cleanup event is planned (Saturday) Sept. 7 that focuses on a drainage area from a nearby neighborhood at Hurricane Creek Recreation Area. Registration times vary throughout the day. Trash bags and gloves are provided and snacks, hand sanitizer, and T-shirts are provided — and all the usual fun that defines a Nashville Clean Water Project! To register for the cleanup, go to the Nashville Clean Water Project web page at Also follow J. Percy Priest Lake on Facebook at

Lake Barkley: Volunteers are working from 8 am to noon (Saturday) Sept. 28. Fences, sign posts, and gates are being repainted, as well as a shoreline cleanup and replacing bulletin boards and trash can receptacles. Lunch is provided. The starting location is the swim beach at Old Kuttawa Recreation Area. For additional information and directions, contact Park Ranger John Malone at (270) 362-4236. Also, follow Lake Barkley on Facebook for the latest updates at

Lake Cumberland: The 24th Annual Lake Cumberland Cleanup is (Saturday) Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Central Standard Time).  The majority of the lake is EST.  The cleanup is held at locations all over the lake in an effort to remove trash, tires, appliances, and more from the shoreline.  Gloves and garbage bags are furnished.  Participants are asked to check-in the day of the event at one of the following locations. For EST participants, go to General Burnside Island State Park, Waitsboro Recreation Area or Conley Bottom Resort.  For CST participants, go to the Lake Cumberland State Park launching ramp or Grider Hill Dock. For more information contact Park Ranger Aurora Scott at (606) 679-6337. Also follow Lake Cumberland on Facebook for the latest updates at

Laurel River Lake: In spite of early morning fog and chilly temperatures, 247 registered volunteers and others (agency and organization personnel) gathered on Saturday, April 20, 2013 to clean up Laurel Lake.  Volunteers picked up and hauled in 6,860 pounds of garbage during the event.  Numerous tires were also collected by cleanup crews.  For the first time in several years, Whitley County won the Cleanup Cup competition for the most volunteers, with Laurel County coming in at a very close second place! The next annual Big Spring clean up is scheduled in April 2014. Be sure to follow Laurel River Lake on Facebook for the latest updates at

Martins Fork Lake: A trash clean-up and trail improvement project is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Saturday) Sept. 28 around the park, trails and shoreline of Martins Fork Lake. Volunteers will also be painting shelters and improving park facilities. Lunch is provided. The starting location is at the Resource Manager’s Office. For additional information and directions, contact Park Ranger Brent Sewell at (606) 573-7655. Also follow Martins Fork Lake on Facebook for the latest updates at

Old Hickory Lake: Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon (Saturday) Sept. 7 to restore and refurbish public lands and the wildlife habitat. Work projects include restriping Rockland and Station Camp Recreation Area parking areas, restoring and maintaining the Rockland Nature Trail, and trail maintenance and clean up at Shutes Branch Mountain Bike Trail. Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes, pants, and bring water.  In appreciation for the volunteers’ efforts, Old Hickory Lake will provide food and drink to participants. For more information, to register, and for directions to work locations, call Park Ranger Amy Redmond at 615-822-4846 or 615-847-2395. Also follow Old Hickory Lake on Facebook for the latest updates at

The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers.  As the nation’s leading federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation, USACE Headquarters manages 421 lakes and river projects in 43 states.  With nearly 90 percent of these projects located within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, the Corps sites provide a wide range of safe, affordable outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.

To locate National Public Lands Day events near you, visit For more information on USACE recreation opportunities visit and

The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at



Bill Peoples

Release no. 13-037