Clean the Bay Day

A story in the July 29 Washington Post referred to a 2010 study in Virginia recording a 70 percent increase in canoeing and kayaking over the previous five years—and we see signs of it here. Good access to and good fishing on the Shenandoah River are high among the things that bring tourists to Page County. And the excellent service provided by our river outfitters is one of the things that brings tourists back —the real key to destination marketing. To keep the popularity of the river maintained, it’s important to keep the river attractive. The Town of Shenandoah conducts an annual river cleanup (June 1 this year) as part of Clean the Bay Day . Volunteers in Shenandoah’s effort collected 400 pounds of trash in a three-mile stretch of river—and they only had one boat!  (Call 540-652-6277 to help next year.) There are other such efforts, such as the one Shenandoah River Outfitters puts on the third Sunday in September. After big floods, they’ve retrieved as much as five tons of junk! (Call 540-743-4159 to sign up.) Keeping the river clean has an invaluable conservation benefit—and it’s good for our economy, too.

Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce 18 Campbell Street Luray, Virginia 22835
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