A Clean Wilson Creek

Protecting Our National Wild & Scenic River

Mortimer, North Carolina




Who we are...

A Clean Wilson Creek is a small army of folks 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 (Trout Team 6) 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. 

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.  Bruce Gray (right) has been Mission Control of this clean up effort since 2008, and started 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

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.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Stay Informed!

Get the latest status updates from Betsey's Old Country Store base camp! ... our goals, projects, needs, and how you can help!

Talk from The Porch

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!

No upcoming events.

Current Team Members and Sponsors

Trout Team 6 (Core Team)

  • Wes Waugh / Executive Director
  • Bruce Gray / Mission Control 
  • Susan Preston Owen / Conservation Outreach
  • Chris & Kelly Brackett / Wilson Creek Community and Caldwell County Networking
  • Brian Felts / Volunteerism, Scouting and Group Involvement, Hickory Area Networking

Associates and Consultants

  • Ms. Suzanne Spain, Volunteerism Scheduling Coordinator (The Marion Crew)
  • Dr. Shea Tuberty, Conservation Biologist and Freshwater Stream Specialist
  • Dr. Susan McCracken, Community and State Resource Development and Networking
  • Mr. Rhen Bumgardner, Appstate Student Representative (fishing and conservation biology areas of interest)
  • Ms. Cierra Harris, Appstate Student Representative (volunteerism opportunities for clubs and organizations).
  • Ms. Andie Waugh & Mr. Benjamin Stewart, Watauga High Outreach Coordinators, Boone, N.C.
  • Ms. Angela Robbins, Charlotte Area Networking
  • Ms. Chrissie Bumgardner, Raleigh Area Networking

Business and Organizational Sponsors

  • Betsey's Old Country Store, Mortimer, N.C.
  • BearTrailArt.com, Boone, N.C.
  • Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, Blowing Rock, N.C.
  • Creekside Electronics, Foscoe, N.C.
  • The Horton Hotel, Boone, 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.