Successful Cacapon River Cleanup

We couldn’t be more thankful for the more than 20 people who joined us for our first Cacapon River Cleanup of the year! On Saturday, April 13, these dedicated volunteers worked hard to remove close to 40 bags of trash, 10 tires, and countless other rubbish from the banks of the Cacapon River. 

It’s only through the help of special, passionate volunteers like these that the Friends of the Cacapon River is able to achieve our goal of removing as much trash as we can from our river this year.

Together we can keep the Cacapon clean!

Many thanks to: Clint Adams and Katie Dworak, Neil and Katie Cotherman, Melanie Currier, Nick, Rachel, and Judy D’Agostino, Lucy Duff, Kara Ford, Adam Griggs, Bob Kern, Mary and Alyson Lipscomb, Allison Pinder, Paula Porpilia, Dan and Kris Tritsch.

Cacapon River Cleanup—Volunteer Opportunity

Hands-on, dirty, and gratifying! Roll up your sleeves and help the Friends of the Cacapon River cleanup our river. 

Join our passionate volunteers who are working hard this year to keep the Cacapon River beautiful and clean by removing trash, litter, and old tires from our river’s waters. 

Our first river cleanup of the year will kick off on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 11 AM, at the Great Cacapon Public River Access Site in Morgan County. 

This family-friendly volunteer event is a wonderful place to meet other like-mined river people while helping clean up the Cacapon River!

Please wear appropriate clothing, such as boots and long pants that you don’t mind getting dirty. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle, too. 

The cleanup with start with a very brief introduction on the Friends of the Cacapon River and on cleanup safety. We’ll provide the bags, work gloves, and “trash grabbers,” as well as drinking water and some light snacks. Then it’s off we go to remove as much trash as we can!

We hope to see you there!

Directions: The Great Cacapon Public River Access Site is located off Rt. 9, about 1/2 mile from the U.S. Post Office in Great Cacapon. It’s under the green trellis bridge and marked with a brown street sign that reads “Public River Access.” If you’re coming from the Berkeley Springs area, you’ll make a left turn on the gravel road before the green bridge. If you’re headed from the Paw Paw area, you’ll make a right turn after the bridge. 

No More Slippery Slope!

Every time we end a float trip at the public river access in Great Cacapon we start dreading dragging our kayaks and canoes up that steep, muddy hill long before our run is finished. Over the years, heavy rains and floods have severely eroded the dirt path down to the river, making getting out of the river extremely difficult—especially with the weak, giggly arms that start to set in after a long paddle! 

To remedy this slippery situation, the Friends of the Cacapon River has partnered with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to install wooden steps on the steep slope. This spring, these new steps will be inset into the ground and filled with gravel to improve traction. DNR has also purchased a “mud sprayer” to remove any mud that builds up on the steps after floods. 

Now you can start planning your float trips without worrying about how you’re going to get your boat up that hill! 

We love floating on the Cacapon River, and we know you do, too. That’s why we’re working hard this year to make getting on the river easier for our members and the community. If you have any information about other river access put-ins that need improvements, please let us know! Simply email us at

New Friends of the Cacapon River Shirts!

What better way to support our work than grabbing one of our new, awesome shirts. 100% of the proceeds go to protecting the river we all love. They’re super soft and only $25 each.
But why not show even more love for the Cacapon River and donate $100 today—you’ll get a free shirt when you do!
Let’s keep the Cacapon clean!

Massive Algae Bloom Impairs Recreation on Cacapon River


Long, stringy, dense, and slimy—there’s not much to like about the massive green algae bloom that’s plaguing the Cacapon River near Yellow Spring in Hampshire County. 

This overgrowth of stringy algae, known as filamentous algae, stretches for several river miles. In the summer months, the largest patch is 3 miles long and covers up to 80 percent of the river, making swimming, fishing, and paddling nearly impossible. 

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) recently deemed this algae-affected portion of the Cacapon River to be “recreationally impaired.” For the first time ever, our notoriously healthy river has made WVDEP’s list of impaired streams in the state. Thankfully, unlike other varieties of algae, filamentous green algae is not toxic to our river’s waters. It’s considered more of a nuisance than a toxin. 

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Celebrations of Hibernations


A snowy winter finally arrived along the Cacapon River. The first snow that covers the mountainsides and riverbanks never seems to get old. We love going sledding and building snowmen with our families. But how about shoveling all the heavy snow, or waking up to an ice-covered driveway? Or when the below-zero temperatures kill your car battery? 

After weeks of frigid weather, the thrill is gone. We’re now impatiently waiting for spring—only 53 days to go, but who’s counting? And since you can’t actually hibernate through the rest of winter, we thought you’d like to hear about how three of our favorite animals avoid the winter blues along the Cacapon River. Read more