International Coastal CleanupSeptember 21, 2019
Cape Alava


Note: you should be directed to our fiscal agent’s volunteer signup page at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

How you can help at this location:

General Beach Cleanup

Collecting trash on foot and carrying the bags off the beach to designated roadside collection points. For a better idea of what's involved, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

More Volunteer Options and Information

For more information about helping with volunteer check-in, recycling, and BBQ service, please contact our Olympic National Park beach coordinator at: Heather_Stephens (at)

For detailed information on hiking in the wilderness areas of Olympic National Park, take a look at the Park's trip planner and wilderness regulations.

Know Before You Go: International Coastal Cleanup

On September 21st, beach cleanup activities will vary according to location. In general, the cleanup will be in the morning on the outer coast and various Strait beaches, with some cleanup activities also happening in the afternoon on certain Strait beaches. Please check your beach page for specific timing. To find a tide table for your location look here. Check the weather forecast for the coast and plan your clothing and supplies accordingly. It’s a good idea to have layers that help protect you from water, wind, and cold. For more information about safety, clothing, tools, lodging, and dogs, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check-in Time and Location: International Coastal Cleanup

Please check in at the Ozette Ranger Station between 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. If you are hiking to the beach on Friday, please check in at the Ozette Ranger Station between 4pm and 6pm. A CoastSavers representative will provide trash bags and basic information about the Cleanup and your beach. Please bring a printed and completed Volunteer Agreement form with you to registration in order to participate.

Recycling Program


We have a recycling program at some locations. If you are interested in helping us reduce the amount of debris that goes to the landfill ask your registration station coordinator how you can help. We applaud efforts to recycle, reduce and reuse at beach cleanups – a vital part of the solution to marine debris. Recycling of materials from beach cleanups is great, but it’s just as important to ensure that the appropriate materials are going into recycling materials stream. If the wrong type or condition of material is put into a recycle bin, it may end up “contaminating” a load of recycling and causing a recycling facility to have to discard the entire thing!  Don’t be a wishful recycler – know what is accepted locally and try to send only materials that are “Empty, Clean and Dry” (as much as possible).  When in doubt, throw it out.

If we are not collecting recycling at your location, you are welcome to take recyclables back home with you. If you take any debris back with you, be sure to bag it up tightly (stinky), keep it away from curious kids and dogs (messy), and don’t take any glass or sharp metal (safety hazard – ouch!).


There are a small number of camp sites at Lake Ozette. If it is very rainy the campsites can be flooded. The Lost Resort is also nearby and has car camping. Wilderness campers within Olympic National Park, need to check in at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles to get a permit. The WIC in Port Angeles will be open from 9:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For hours, directions, trail status, and other info, call the WIC at (360) 565-3100 or see the WIC Website

Other Information

Be aware that this trail contains a boardwalk that is slippery when wet.

You may see some cultural artifacts - please do not disturb!

Basic Safety Guideline

  • Wear gloves, proper clothing, and water-resistant shoes.
  • Do not touch medical waste, dead animals, hazardous materials or sharp objects. If you are uncertain about an item, do not touch it.
  • Do not approach wildlife.
  • Report hazardous items that cannot be removed to event staff.
  • Work with a partner.
  • Be careful of unstable banks, steep slopes, or slippery surfaces.
  • Do not try to lift anything that is too heavy for you. Ask for help!
  • Watch for poison oak, plants with thorns, or other natural hazards.
  • Watch for any trucks or equipment that might be used in the project.
  • When driving on the beach (State Parks only), stay on compacted sand. Do not drive into sand that is very soft or very wet.
  • Be aware of tides and whether they will affect your access to trail heads.
  • Beach logs can become slippery and may be dangerous, be aware of your surroundings.

Debris Data Program

Debris data programThe amount and type of debris you find on our beaches gives evidence of its globally diverse sources and its impact on ocean ecosystems. Help us analyze what it all means by participating in our data collection program. If you will be at the cleanup with a group, please download our Debris Data Card and fill out as you clean the beach (also available at check in). One group member should fill out the form while others call out their findings. After the cleanup, simply go online and transfer your findings to our debris database.

Beach Location and Directions

Located near the northern tip of Olympic National Park. Access is from the Ozette Ranger Station on the north side of the lake. Ask for directions at the Ranger Station.