Who we are...


A Clean Wilson Creek is a growing team of local and regional partners committed to protecting this National Wild and Scenic River in it's natural state for future generations.

Wilson Creek begins as a small stream on the side of Grandfather Mountain and forms into an incredible national treasure over the next 23 miles. We provide funding for daily River Patrols (365 days a year) that removes trash left by recreational users, and we also address abuse of this wilderness area from vandalism. We have a core team and a number of associates and consultants who help us with stream protection, conservation education, and community, state and local government outreach. We also have corporate/small business funding partners and hopefully, we will have YOU on our side as well. clean water wilderness conservation non profit organization


Get Involved - Volunteer

If you are passionate about protecting our remaining wilderness and watersheds, we can use your help! We welcome individual volunteers and groups, Scouting troops, and conservation/science/natural history educators for programming. We use volunteers for River Patrol, Trail Maintenance, and presenters for outreach programs. All volunteers are educated on our purpose and River Patrol protocols, safety, and appropriate interpersonal interactions with River visitors.  Mortimer business owner Bruce Gray  started this clean up effort in 2008, and incorporated the Wilson Creek Clean Up Fund  in 2017, now branded as A Clean Wilson Creek. Want to Volunteer? Click Here to complete a form and we will be in touch!


Your Participation is Crucial and Appreciated!

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our story through word-of-mouth or social media, know that you are appreciated. This operation is costly and we can't take a day off given the current situation.  Your support helps us work toward solutions while continuing the daily River Patrols UNTIL we achieve successful solutions! THANK YOU!

We also encourage thoughtful and respectful letters of support or concern to the following governmental agencies that provide oversight of this area:

District Ranger Nick Larson

Grandfather Ranger District, 

Pisgah National Forest
109 Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761
(828) 652-2144

Mr. Stan Kiser

County Manager

Caldwell County 

PO Box 2200
905 West Avenue NW
Lenoir, NC 28645

(828) 757-1300 

Kip Hollifield

Mountain Region Supervisor

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

1701 Mail Service Center, 

Raleigh, NC 27699-1700


Please Donate!

Your generous gift will ensure daily River Patrols to keep the Wilson Creek and surrounding wilderness areas clean from trash , support vandalism restorations, and fund our conservation education outreach efforts. Please make any donations by check payable to Wilson Creek Clean Up Fund (EIN # 82-0774988) & mail to ACWC / 436 Grand Blvd. / Boone, NC 28607

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Events Calendar

Happenings where we will be represented, clean-up dates and volunteering opportunities, and music/fundraisers at Betsey's Old Country Store Base Camp all posted here! RSVP to

No upcoming events.

Current Team Members and Sponsors

Team Members

  • Chris & Kelly Brackett / Hudson Community Outreach
  • Jim Calore / Large debris removal, River Patrol logistics
  • Brian Felts / Coordinator of Scouting and Group Involvement, Hickory Area Networking
  • Bruce Gray / Betsey's Store based River Patrol and Mortimer area event host
  • Dave Lalonde / Team security, safety, communications
  • Matt McMinn / Director of Marketing
  • Patty Mozzicato / Director of Small Business Development
  • Susan Preston Owen / High Country Network Coordinator
  • Suzanne Spain / Assistant Director, Volunteerism Coordinator
  • Wes Waugh / Executive Director

Associates and Consultants

  • Brandon Harrison, Fly Fishing Community Relations Consultant
  • Lisa Jennings, National Forest Service, Grandfather District, NonProfit Liaison for ACWC
  • John Rabb, Area Photography Consultant
  • Dr. Shea Tuberty, Conservation Biologist and Freshwater Stream Specialist
  • Ms. Andie Waugh / Watauga High Outreach Coordinator, Boone, N.C.

Business and Organizational Sponsors

  • Alpine Ski Shop, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Boone, N.C.
  • Betsey's Old Country Store, Mortimer, N.C.
  •, Boone, N.C.
  • Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, Blowing Rock, N.C.
  • Creekside Electronics, Foscoe, N.C.
  • Great Outdoor Provision Company, Raleigh, NC
  • The Horton Hotel, Boone, N.C.
  • The Side Street Pour House and Grill, Lenoir, NC
  • A&S Drop & Haul Dumpster Service, LLC, Ferguson, N.C. 
  • The Wheelchair Place, Hickory, N.C.
  • RDH Automotive, Lenoir, N.C.
  • Sig Holcomb III State Farm Insurance, Conover, N.C. 

River Patrol Volunteer Schedule

Once confirmed, we will post all scheduled volunteer commitments and other upcoming River Patrol or maintenance opportunities on this calendar

No upcoming events.