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Tourism Officials to Organize Cleanup on Wheeler Lake

Decatur, Ala. (September 20, 2023) – The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA), Decatur Morgan County Tourism, Hampton Inn Madison Huntsville Airport and Kayak Bass Fishing Owner/CEO Chad Hoover are hosting a river stewardship event to collect litter from Wheeler Lake. Set for September 30, 2023, the Wheeler Lake Clean Up is a volunteer event designed to help clean Wheeler Lake while raising awareness of its recreational impact to north Alabama. 

The public is invited to participate in the Wheeler Lake Clean Up event to take place Sept. 30, 2023, in Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Ala. From 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., residents, volunteers and community leaders will remove trash along Wheeler Lake and shores with support from Chad Hoover of Kayak Bass Fishing and team members of AMLA, Hampton Inn Madison Huntsville Airport and Decatur Morgan County Tourism.

The Wheeler Lake cleanup is made possible by a 2022 Action Grant from the Hilton Global Foundation (HGF). HGF Action Grants are awarded to local organizations that have demonstrated a meaningful commitment to destination stewardship by improving travel destinations and creating a positive impact on the people and communities they serve. The 2022 HGF Action Grants are focused on the theme of Destination Stewardship, initiatives that improve travel destinations and positively impact the environment. The grant covers the cost of supplies such as trash bags, gloves, litter grabbers, safety items and first-aid kits for volunteers.  

“AMLA markets and promotes the many outdoor recreation opportunities Wheeler Lake affords us, such as boating, canoeing and fishing. The cleanup will help preserve wildlife habitat and protect our natural resources for future generations to enjoy while also raising awareness about the problem of litter and encouraging everyone to do their part no matter where they live or where they travel,” said AMLA President and CEO Tami Reist.

Participants are asked to meet at the pavilion in Point Mallard Park at 8 a.m. for a brief program and instructions. A limited number of supplies, such as gloves and trash bags, will be provided. The event will be held rain or shine.

Weigh-ins will be held at the pavilion and cash prizes of $500, $300 and $150 will be awarded to three individuals bringing in the most trash in weight.

Community members interested in volunteering at the clean-up are asked to sign up here by September 25, 2023. Volunteers will receive a free lunch and t-shirt (while supplies last).

A virtual event, hosted by Chad Hoover and Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF), will be held along with the Sept. 30th cleanup. For more details and to sign up for the KBF virtual clean-up, visit

Hoover is the founder and president of KBF, a nationwide kayak bass fishing tournament trail and the engaging and entertaining host of Chad Hoover Fishing for YouTube and television. In 2022, he established his national headquarters for KBF in Huntsville, Ala. and Ditto Landing. For more information, visit

The Wheeler Lake cleanup is held in conjunction with the North Alabama Trails and Recreation Fest (NATR Fest), hosted by Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers and Valleys RCD. A one-day event showcasing North Alabama's outdoor recreation scene, NATR Fest features exhibitors, activities including kayaking, archery and climbing, gear sales, an adventure vehicle showcase, backpacking 101 class, wildlife shows, activities for children, food trucks and more and is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Point Mallard Park Expo Pavilion, located at 2901 Point Mallard Circle SE in Decatur. Admission is $5 per person for 13 years and older. Admission is free for 12 and under and for those who volunteer with the AMLA Wheeler Lake cleanup. For more information, visit for more information on the festival.

For more information on the Wheeler Lake cleanup, call Reist at 800-648-5381.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the $4.3 billion North Alabama travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, golf courses, restaurants, accommodations and vendors. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381, by visiting and by following us on social media @VisitNorthAL.