More than 25 people showed up on Saturday, as members of JoplinKayak.com cleaned up trash in Shoal Creek on a 4-mile stretch from Lime Kiln Access.

More than 25 people showed up on Saturday, as members of JoplinKayak.com cleaned up trash in Shoal Creek on a 4-mile stretch from Lime Kiln Access.

"We did a pre float last Monday, and we counted more than 45 tires in a 4-mile section here," said Kenneth Bogle. "We have made contact with landowners on the creek about the cleaning it up. Our gaol is to get as many (trash items) as we can. obviously, we may not be able to get them all, some (tires) are like tractor tires, we can not haul them out."

This is the first time they have cleaned up this portion of Shoal Creek, however, they have cleaned up other portions such as from Cherry Corner to Allen Bridge.

"Last float we did, we got 15 tires and 22 bags of trash in 2-miles," he said. "A lot of this stuff is probably from the floods that we had. But we are trying to get as much as we can - we are from Joplin - so all of this stuff ends up in Joplin eventually, so it makes sense for us to come here and start working our way down."

As far as why the group opted to clean this portion of Shoal Creek, Bogle said, "we use these waterways. In the state of Missouri, we have access to them. Landowners don't always seem to like it mainly because people trash it. So we want to have a good relationship with the landowners as much as we can, because we use these waterways. We love them as much as they do. It is a respect for them and it goes both ways."

Various kayaks, canoes and even paddle boards were on Shoal Creek for the cleanup. Equipped with trash bags and gloves, the members made their way down Shoal Creek.

When it was all said and done, the group collected 72 tires, 85 bags of trash, two shopping carts, a briefcase, a laptop, blocks of Styrofoam, carpet, air-conditioning parts, 2-55 gallon barrels, a fire extinguisher, barbecue grill, plumbing pipes, kids toys, two milk cans and sheet metal.

The tires were taken to Joplin Recycling and the trash was hauled off.

Bogle started the group about five years ago.

"I started it because I didn't have anyone to float with, I was just looking to make some friends, then the Facebook kind of evolved and now we are up to 2,500 members," said Bogle. "Matt (Brogan) joined a few years ago. We decided, we have all of these members so let's start using it for a good cause, so we started the cleanups. So we are going to still focus on that. We are possibly looking to do one on the Elk River, maybe Center Creek near Joplin, and of course we still want to keep working on Shoal Creek since it comes to Joplin."

For more information or helping go to Joplinkayak.com, Joplinoutdoors.com or joplinsup.com