An influx of people visiting Shaver Lake is leaving behind an increase in trash left for locals to clean up


Temperatures across the valley will be near record breaking this weekend and because of that people are trying to beat the heat by heading up to Shaver Lake.

David Yang spent his Friday at Shaver Lake fishing and swimming with his family. He said he would much rather relax by the lake than deal with the hundred degree temperatures in Fresno. 

“It’s too hot there and I wanted to get away from the heat,” said Yang. 

Others chose to play games like corn hole in the shade or relax on their boat on the lake. But, with an influx of people at this lake some say they are leaving behind a problem: trash. 

Rio Villalovos has been visiting Shaver Lake his whole life. He said he has noticed an increase in trash crowding the lake. 

“Definitely near the popular places there is a lot of trash,” said Villalovos. “But, there is not that many trash bags around here. The nearest trash is like up the hill.”

Dylan Johnson with Shaver Lake Visitors Bureau said they are anticipating an influx of people heading to the lake this weekend. 

However, he said with more people comes more trash.

“But, we still are a small community that’s not quite set up with the infrastructure to handle all of the trash.”

Johnson said every morning volunteers clean up the trash surrounding the lake and because of the heat expected to soar, they’re expecting large crowds this weekend. 

“Last weekend was busy but it wasn’t quite as hot,” said Johnson. “So, we are assuming a lot of people are going to be coming up to enjoy the recreation up here.”

Johnson said if you do head to Shaver Lake this weekend you are asked to bring a trash bag with you.

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