The Medina River Protection Fund
Kayak over waterfall on Medina River

2018 Cleanup Planned for May 5, 2018 – The 18th Annual Medina River Cleanup

For more information on the cleanup:
Robert Brischetto

To register for our email list, email:
Sharon Sloan, Secretary

As many as 200 participants from all over Texas are expected to gather at the Bandera City River Park by the dam to clean 12 sections totaling 50 miles of the Medina River. Registration will be from 9 AM until noon and all participants will receive T-shirts (provided by Kerrville Recycling) and supplies for the cleanup. County Commissioner Bobby Harris and his cooking crew will have breakfast tacos and coffee available at registration. Bobby and his crew will also provide a lunch and a three-meet Bar-B-Que dinner from 5 to 7 PM for all volunteers and donors. Entertainment also is provided at the 5 to 7 PM Bar-B-Que.

Section heads have been identified for each of the 12 parts of the river and are listed on the web page for those who wish to paddle the river on cleanup day. Canoes are the responsibility of the paddlers and coordination with section heads on the shuttles is necessary.

For those who would like to camp, free camping is available on May 4th and 5th in the Bandera City Park and the Pioneer River Resort. RV sites with full hookups are available to river cleanup participants at Pioneer at half the normal rate. For reservations call 1-866-371-3751 or 830-796-3751 or email Judy Pace at

Medina River Protection Fund is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization. If you would like to support this effort with a tax-deductible donation, please make your check payable to "Medina River Protection Fund" and mail to:

The Medina River Protection Fund
P.O. Box 417
Lakehills, Texas 78063

Thank you for your participation and your donation. With your help, we can ensure a future for the Medina River amid the growth and development that is taking place in Bandera County.

2017 Cleanup - The 17th Annual Medina River Cleanup

On May 6, 2017, approximately 200 volunteers removed almost 3 tons of trash from the river in Bandera County by boat, truck, and on foot.

Volunteers came from 21 towns in Texas and ranged in age from 4 to 88 years old. Included in the group were boy scouts and their leaders who camped May 5th and 6th along the river at the Pioneer River Resort.

With the river running at 50 cubic feet per second paddlers scoured twelve sections of approximately four miles each. The bulk of the trash was 4,080 pounds of metal for recycling in one dumpster. An estimated 1,800 pounds of trash filled the second dumpster.

Almost all of the trash had been deposited in the river from floods. The most recent flood was May 29, 2016, when the river spiked to over 20 feet above flood level in Bandera.

County Commissioner Bobby Harris and his crew kept the Bar B Que grill going all day. They provided breakfast tacos at registration, lunch later, and at the end of the cleanup, served a three-meat barbecue dinner to all participants. Rodney Joe Smith and Woody Wood entertained with country western music.

Sponsors of this year’s cleanup included the Lake Medina Conservation Society Bandera County Commissioners Court, the City of Bandera, the City of Bandera Economic Development Corp., Bandera Business Association, Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, Kerrville Recycling, Johnny Boyle, Jr. of Bandera Wine and Spirits, and Lowe’s Market of Bandera.

The annual river cleanup is conducted as a service of to the Bandera community and surrounding area by the Medina River Protection Fund which is a 501(c)3 public charitable organization. The Medina River Protection Fund was established as a perpetual fund to engage residents and businesses throughout the area in a citizen-based effort to preserve and protect the river. Bobby Harris is President and Don Sloan is treasurer. Tax-deductible donations may be made out to:

The Medina River Protection Fund
PO Box 417
Lakehills, TX 78063

Look for photos of the cleanup on our Pictures page.

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Thank you for your participation and your donation. With your help, we can ensure a future for the beautiful Medina River amid the growth and development that is taking place in Bandera County.

Find out how the Medina River is flowing at the dam in Bandera: USGS Real-Time Water Data for Medina River Website:

Find out how the Medina River is flowing at Moffet Park in Medina, TX:

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