The beauty of Mountain Island Lake is marred by tons of trash left by the public every year. Beaches and islands are littered with broken bottles that are a hazard to people and pets.  Bottles, cans, and even diapers float in the water. The problem would go away if everyone who visits the lake would follow the simple rule that all responsible outdoorsman know: pack it in; pack it out.

Trash and recycling containers are available at the Riverbend and Neck Road boat access areas. And trash bags fit easily in all cars for transport to your garbage and recycling cans at home!

The fine for littering is a minimum of $250 and up to $1000 for the first offense and is enforced by police who patrol the lake. Citizens can report violators through the state’s Swat-a-Litterbug program. Get the registration number on the boat whose occupants are littering, and follow the instructions on the state website.