Keep It Clean Program, Good for Visitors and Environment

As we are right in the middle of another great Lake of the Woods winter, anglers, snowmobilers, and resorters alike are encouraged to use the Keep it Clean dumpsters placed at local landings and convenient locations. This the Keep it Clean programs 4th season.  These dumpsters are for anglers coming off of the ice to dispose of their trash.  Please note, these dumpsters are not for household or business items such as tires, old TV’s, mattresses, etc.  Compliance to keeping the dumpsters free of “extra cost” items will allow this beneficial program to continue.

This program was motivated by a strong northerly wind in the spring of 2010.  The ice went out and blew trailer loads of garbage up on the beaches of Zippel Bay State Park on the south shore of Lake of the Woods.  A group called the Friends of Zippel Bay do an annual cleaning of the beach and the word got out.  This motivated some local individuals and organizations to come together and take action.  Here are some images of that clean up from April of 2010.

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We encourage everyone to do your part in keeping not only Lake of the Woods clean, but other waterways as well.  We also ask everyone to pay it forward.  If you see garbage that someone else has left behind, please make the effort to take it from the lake and dispose of it in the Keep It Clean dumpsters or wherever is most convenient.  Most anglers are really good about making sure they collect their trash.  If you see someone leaving trash behind, contact law enforcement.  We have a world class lake and it is up to everyone to keep it that way.

Description: Keep It Clean is an organization which was created by a group of local stakeholders including:

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau


Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation

Lake of the Woods County

Friends of Zippel Bay State Park

Also providing assistance are our neighboring Roseau and Koochiching Counties.

Mission Statement:

Keep It Clean was created to protect, maintain and promote cleanliness for the beautiful landscape, water resources and shorelines of Lake of the Woods as a special place for everyone to visit and enjoy.


Check out this quick video about Keep It Clean at Lake of the Woods.


Keep It Clean dumpsters for trash removal:

Beginning mid-December until the ice fishing season is over, there will be 6 dumpsters located along the south shore of Lake of the woods at strategic locations convenient for ice anglers. Locations include two dumpsters at the Wheeler’s Point Access (this is placed for the Adrian’s Resort road), Cyrus Resort, Zippel Bay Resort, Arnesen’s Rocky Point, Swift Ditch, and the Point in Warroad.

Keep It Clean recent highlights:

-Over 2,000 Keep It Clean stickers distributed to local businesses

-45 Keep It Clean signs placed

-A robust PR campaign to get the word out

-Over 30 miles of shoreline clean up with the assistance of the MN Conservation Corps and the MN DNR

-7 County dumpsters placed strategically at popular ice road accesses

-4 County dumpsters placed strategically for spring fishing

-Dumpsters dumped hundreds of times totaling about 90 tons of garbage per year

Ice anglers on Lake of the Woods are encouraged to collect all garbage and remove it from the ice and dispose of it in the dumpsters provided. This is to help keep garbage and waste out of the lake when the ice melts in the spring months.

Community members participate in a yearly clean up along some of the shores, and the goal is to lessen the amount of garbage and keep Lake of the Woods clean.  A big “Thank You” to everyone who has picked up garbage, whether it is yours or someone else’s, for those who have contributed and donated to this program and for everyone who has done anything to Keep It Clean.

More info on the Keep It Clean program at https://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/keep-clean/


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