What we're about

We are a group of friends and concerned citizens protecting Central Florida's surface waters and natural environment by removing trash and debris from lakes, rivers and streams. We work for the betterment of Central Florida's lakes and rivers so that the animals that live here will have fewer dangers in the forms of plastic and foam debris that we gather from the waterways and shorelines. All those who enjoy canoeing and kayaking and would have a couple hours a week to give are welcome!

The RECON fleet is growing and we currently have 9 kayaks available to use for our events. We also provide use of our litter removal equipment such as grabbers, gloves and bags for each of our clean-ups. Our outings are weekly and alternate between Saturday and Sunday mornings. During the fall and winter months, our cleanups start at 10am. Spring and summer cleanups start at 9am and we usually take some time off during the hottest months. The events usually last for about 2-3 hours including on-loading and off-loading of the kayaks.

Although we have kayaks available to use, feel free to bring your own canoe, kayak or paddle board! At most of our cleanup locations, shoreline volunteers are also welcome if you feel the urge to walk instead of being on the water.

Our group has worked in cooperation with other similarly guided organizations like the St. Johns Riverkeepers, Save the Manatee Club, Surfrider Foundation and countless neighborhood groups and HOAs dedicated to the betterment of the environment. Recently, some of our members took part in a successful initiative in Orlando to prohibit the use of styrofoam (No Foam Zone). If you are a part of an environmentalist organization or know of a waterway that needs a good cleanup, please reach out to us!

Upcoming events (4+)

💦 Lake Triplet Cleanup

200 N Triplet Lake Dr

Please join Central Florida Recon as we gather with the friends and staff of the City of Casselberry, Florida to honor Marissa Williams, former Natural Resources Officer who passed away unexpectedly this year. Marissa had a passion for protecting the environment, exploring the great outdoors, and educating others about water conservation. This event is open to all Central Florida Recon members.

💦 Lake Conway Lake Cleanup 🌞

5437 Pasadena Dr

🔰 We will meet at the Venetian Ramp, a public ramp and launch on Lake Conway to cleanup trash and litter. Kayaks will be shared on a first to arrive, first to launch basis. Based on the number of RSVP's we receive, if we have more volunteers than kayaks we will take turns, first group out for 45 minutes, second group out for 45 minutes. We look forward to seeing you on Lake Conway.

💧 Lake Maitland Cleanup 🚮

1365 Alabama Dr

🌸 Please join Central Florida Recon as we partner with the City of Winter Park and Ideas For Us to remove trash from Lake Maitland. You do not need to own your own vessel to join us, we will launch at Kraft Azalea Park where there is a lovely green space where volunteers can walk with a bucket and trash grabber and pick up litter. Hope to see you there. 👒

RECON Fall Eco Tour- Lake Norris/Black Water Creek

24542 Blackwater Creek Rd

Join us this post-Thanksgiving weekend as we enjoy the shady waters of Black Water Creek and the pristine beauty of Lake Norris! This will be our second Eco Tour here and will be a great event to get some fresh air after Thanksgiving festivities.

In contrast to our normal cleanups of urban and often polluted waterways, on our Eco Tour we will be paddling to enjoy a fairly unspoiled stretch of Natural Florida. We clean waterways for the sake of the animals and to restore them to their former natural state and Lake Norris is close to what we aim for.

We will have a minimum of 8 kayaks available including paddles and equipment. To reserve a kayak, please leave a comment below. All paddlers are welcome to bring their own craft as well.

There is a parking lot next to our launch site but no restroom facilities or potable water are on-site. Please bring water and a hat. Hope to see you there and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Past events (95)

🦆 Lake Virginia Cleanup

410 Ollie Ave

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