Ochoco Creek Clean-up

Mark your calendars and come lend a hand to care for Ochoco Creek!

Crook County Rotary Club and Crook County Parks are joining together for a clean-up party to remove trash from Ochoco Creek within the city of Prineville. If you would prefer not to be in the creek, there are lots of creekside lands that can use a clean up too! Anything on the side of the creek ultimately ends up in the creek.

Due to the complexities of working in the creek, no one under 12 will be allowed to be in the creek itself. Under 16 must be with a parent or guardian. A limited number of waders are available to be borrowed, please let Carol Benkosky (email below) know if you need waders.

If you would like to join the cleanup, here are a few things to know:

  • Registration will begin at 11 at Pioneer Park (Elm and 2nd Street Street), and cleanup work will start as soon as teams are formed, briefed and outfitted with bags and pickers.
  • Volunteers will work in teams of four, with two people staged on the bank in support and safety of those working in-stream.
  • Each team will be assigned a section of creek to focus on. We anticipate it will take less than 2 hours to thoroughly clean a section of the Creek.
  • Trash bags, pickers and latex gloves will be provided.
  • Bring rubber or other boots with traction for muddy and wet bank conditions, waders and neoprene gloves for those doing in-stream work, warm clothes, sunscreen, hat, eye protection/sunglasses, walking or wading stick for support.
  • Be prepared for changing conditions, including winter weather and varying water levels.


If you are interested in helping out to clean up this creek, please register online and send an email to Carol Benkosky. Carol would appreciate having names of volunteers and email addresses so she can contact everyone if we need to change the date of the cleanup due to poor conditions. Please register by October 10th.

Thank you for caring about Ochoco Creek and our community!