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    Kayak Jack enjoys a paddle on the Shawsheen River

    Jack Brady, former SWRA president, visited Andover in August enjoying a paddle on the river with another former president, Bob Rauseo. Both men were founders of  SRWA. They were joined by board members Bob Marsh and Alice Friedenson. Though the water was down, the group enjoyed canoeing and kayak on ...

  • Billerica Cleanup 5/14/16

    State of the Waters Conference

    On May 20, SRWA participated in the 1st State of the Waters Conference which brought together representatives of federal , Massachusetts and New Hampshire state agencies, as well as regional organizations such as Nashua River Watershed Association, OARS, Merrimack River Watershed Council, several New Hampshire groups and others. Presentations were ...

  • Billerica Cleanup 5/14/16

    Shawsheen River Cleanup: Saturday, May 14 in Billerica

    SRWA recently held a successful river cleanup. Volunteers worked both on land and from kayaks . Items recovered from the river include tires, bottles, cans, plastic bags, bottles, bubble wrap, a recycling bin, lots of styrofoam, a pillow, and even a chain saw. There were areas with tires and metal that we could ...

  • Salamander eggs in Vernal pool by Danna Bambury

    Annual Meeting: June 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Andover Public Library

    Please join us for the SRWA Annual Meeting. Our guest speaker, Matt Burne, is the Conservation Director with the Walden Woods Project, a non-profit organization based in Lincoln, MA. Prior to this, he spent 10 years working as an ecologist and environmental reviewer for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered ...

     Welcome to the SRWA !

SRWA is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with a mission to protect, restore, and enjoy the Shawsheen River and its watershed. We host a wide range of events all year round.


Activities On The Shawsheen River

Paddling: Diverse conditions, stunning scenery, and easy access make The Shawsheen an ideal river for people of all ages and abilities to paddle.

shawsheen padddle 2012  shawsheen paddle 2006

Fishing: The Shawsheen is home to trout, large and smallmouth bass, pickerel, and other species of fish.

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Hiking: There are numerous, diverse hiking trails along the river. Amazing discoveries!

shawsheen beaver activity 2006  shawsheen flora 2006

Nature Watching: Spend some on The Shawsheen and you will see a variety of wildlife.

shawsheen turtle 2010  Shawsheen geese 2006

River Cleanups: We have literally removed thousands of tires from the river since March 2002 when we started counting. We continue to remove pallets, lumber, bottles, and other trash from the river.

SRWA cleanup 2015  shawsheen cleanup Billerica 2006