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Join The Lake Powell Cleanup Sep 17

September 7, 2022 by SoWal Staff

Join us in a community effort to clean up Lake Powell at Camp Helen State Park.

Sign-in will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 17th at the Lake Powell Park [boat ramp behind Publix] or at Camp Helen State Park. FREE t-shirts will be given to the first 50 volunteers to register. Participate in a 'Chance Drawing' to win some very nice prizes!

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
8AM - 9AM
| Sign-in and Orientation
9AM - Noon | Lake Cleanup
11:30AM - Noon | Trash Weigh-In / Turn in Data cards or App Screen / Pose for Team Photos
Noon | Chance Drawing

WHAT TO BRING: closed-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, grabber, work gloves, water, and snacks. Also consider downloading the Clean Swell app on your smart phone to collect data. (Earn a free drawing ticket if your team uses the app during the clean-up. One per team.)

WHAT IS PROVIDED: garbage bags, nitrile gloves, clip boards, pencils, and masks.

Please consider bringing your boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard and join the armada of cleanup crews! If you do bring your watercraft, please bring required life jackets, whistle, and safety devices.

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, just west of the Phillips Inlet Bridge on the Bay County and Walton County line. Follow Friends of Camp Helen State Park on Facebook for updates on park events. 

Camp Helen State Park is bordered on three sides by the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide; in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans lived in the area more than 4,000 years ago. From 1945 until 1987, Camp Helen was a company resort for employees of an Alabama textile mill and some of the buildings are now being restored. Natural areas range from coastal dunes and salt marshes along the Gulf to freshwater wetlands and sand pine scrub along the lake. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking, and both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Camp Helen is located on the eastern border of Inlet Beach, just before the Lake Powell bridge.

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