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Community Involvement

Capital Cruises prides itself on always being highly involved in community programs and are annual donors to The Trail Conservancy, Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation, Austin Bat Refuge, and Bat Conservation International, and so many more organizations far too numerous to list here.

KAB: Lady Bird Lake Bi-Monthly Cleanup
As founding sponsors involved since its inception in 2009, we are proud to be involved with Keep Austin Beautiful’s Clean Lady Bird Lake Bi-Monthly Cleanups. Large-scale cleanups are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of every other month. Click here for more information and to volunteer.

Upcoming Cleanup Dates:

  • Saturday, August 12, 2023
  • Saturday, October 21, 2023
  • Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Saturday, February 10, 2024
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 (in conjunction with Keep Austin Beautiful Day)
  • Saturday, June 8, 2024

Have you ever wondered where all of the trash that floats into Lady Bird Lake comes from?

After every storm, nine watersheds – Eanes, Barton, West Bouldin, East Bouldin, Blunn, Harpers Branch, Johnson, Shoal, and Waller – flow into Lady Bird Lake. Remember the cup that you stacked on top of the overflowing trash can and forgot about? Even though you knew it wasn’t really “IN” the trash can, at least you didn’t toss it onto the street.

Well, the trash truck never saw your 12 oz. Styrofoam® cup with lid and straw because it was blown by a strong wind onto the street, where it rolled into the storm drain, sailed through the creek, and finally arrived at Lady Bird Lake. A swan, attracted by the shiny red straw, tried to eat it, and separated the straw from the cup. The cup continued its journey down the lake.

As you jogged around the many Zilker Park trails, you noticed the cup, joined by its friends, plastic bag and the beer can twins, floating down the lake, and you thought to yourself, “Ugh…why can’t people put their trash where it belongs?” Yes, some of the trash finds its way “innocently” into the storm drains, while other trash is deliberately tossed onto the streets: cigarette butts, gum wrappers, napkins, fliers, or that 32 oz. cup that held your pre-club cocktail.

Everything you use and then throw away ends up somewhere. Will it be the landfill, the recycling facility, or Austin’s Lady Bird Lake?

Help trash find its way out of Lady Bird Lake; register for a clean up project today.

Giving Back

Capital Cruises believes in giving back to the community, staying highly involved in community programs and donating annually to The Trail Conservancy, Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation, Austin Bat Refuge, and Bat Conservation International, and so many more organizations far too numerous to list here. 

Here’s a list of organizations that Capital Cruises has donated to in the last few months:

  • Austin Humane Society (Rags to Wags)
  • Travis County Constable PCT 5 Employee Association
  • Bestow Balance
  • Evelyn’s Park Conservancy
  • Morgan Adams Foundation
  • First Tee of Greater Austin
  • Texas Law Fellowships
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation South Texas
  • Marbridge Foundation
  • Lago Vista Lions Club
  • Lakeway Church YoungLife and FCA
  • Foster Village
  • GirlStart
  • Texas Harm Reduction Alliance
  • Texas Campaign for the Environment
  • Abigail E. Keller Foundation
  • Treefolks
  • Texas Search and Rescue
  • We Are Not Broken
  • Concordia High School Annual Gala
  • The Trail Conservancy
  • Texas School for the Deaf
  • Headwaters School (The Founding Day Fling)
  • New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society
  • Epilepsy Foundation Walk to End Epilepsy
  • 2023 LASA Project
  • Swan Songs
  • March of Dimes
  • Austin Capital City Lions Club

Past Involvement

Austin Duck Derby

Congratulations to all the winners!
This special duck got a ride on our boat. (View on our Facebook page)

Capital Cruises was a proud sponsor of the 2014 Austin Duck Derby.

  • Benefiting the Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10:00 am.
  • Downtown Austin – Ann Richards Bridge

The Austin Duck Derby featured 10,000 adopted yellow rubber ducks launched into Lady Bird Lake which raced to the finish line, winning prizes for their adopters. Proceeds from every duck adopted benefited the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports and provides valuable assistance to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area which operate 22 clubs. They help over 12,000 kids each year (and over 1,700 each day) grow into healthy, responsible, caring young adults.