Fall Paddle Fest 2019

Enjoy a float down one of Pennsylvania’s Official Water Trails!
After the float, enjoy live music and a cookout with fellow paddlers.

Restrooms available at launch, mid-float (Halfway Rd), and at take out.
Registration 7:30am – 10:30 AM at Pymatuning State Park
$15 per person


How does it work? Drop your gear at the launch below the dam in Pymatuning State Park, and then proceed to Riverside Park (Greenville, PA) and park your vehicle. From there, take our bus shuttle back to the launch, and put-in when you’re ready! Busing from Riverside Park to Pymatuning will be provided. Buses run every half hour from 8-11:30AM.

How much does it cost? $15 per person

What does that get me? A beautiful day on the river, shuttle, AND lunch! All proceeds from this event help pay for Water Trail maintenance. Lunch provided @ Riverside Park, Greenville.
LUNCH ENDS AT 3:00 PM please plan your float accordingly!

Where do I put in and get out? Launch from Pymatuning State Park float to Riverside Park in Greenville(9 miles, ~3.5 hours Class 1 Water)

Do I need to pre-register? No. All registrations are done the morning of at the launch. You can print out and fill out your registration form at home to make the morning go more smoothly.

Do I have to bring my own kayak/canoe? Most people bring their own boat. If you do not have a boat you can rent one from one of the outfitters located on the Shenango River.

Can I rent a kayak or canoe when I get there? No. Shenango River Watchers is a non-profit organization, we do not have kayaks or canoes to rent. Please contact one of the local outfitters to make arrangements!

Who are the local outfitters? Carried Away Outfitters (724)343-1313 or Pymatuning Rentals (724)877-6104

2019 Public Meeting

Join us for our annual Public Meeting on Wednesday March 20th at 7:00 PM in the Buhl Park Activities Building (right across from our office at 730 Forker Blvd Hermitage, PA)

We will discuss upcoming events, projects, volunteer opportunities, and our latest research. We hope to see you there!

Renew Your Membership

Easily renew your membership right here on our website!

Your membership has allowed us to accomplish so many wonderful environmental and community enriching projects that we can’t even list them all!  Over the past 18 years, you have helped us: remove 1.5 million pounds of trash from the watershed, dispose of more than 55,000 tires, clean up a two-story dump along the Rail-to-Trail project in Greenville and create the Upper Shenango River Water Trail that opened our beautiful river to thousands of paddlers from our watershed and beyond. 

Your support also contributed to the construction of a wheelchair accessible fishing pier in Sharon, and helped us to implement a hands on environmental education program at Buhl Park for local schools. 

As you can see, our volunteers, community and donors help us to accomplish so much, but it’s YOU, our members whose support through membership fees sustains our organization.  SRW helped pave the way for many other non-profits that have blossomed over the past decade to the revitalize Downtown Sharon, increase tourism and promote our community. We are proud of our work in the region and hope you will renew your membership so we can accomplish even more.  Current projects include:

¨   Creation of a new canoe/kayak launch and large parking area at Halfway Rd. (Green Twp.) in partnership with the Mercer County Trails Association whose bike trail will also access the parking area.

¨ Restoration and maintenance of the Shenango Hiking Trail that is parallel to the former Erie Canal Extension Tow Path and the Shenango River. 

¨ Continuation of our water quality research and fish studies within the Shenango River watershed.

We have a busy year ahead of us and hope you will show your excitement by renewing or becoming a member of Shenango River Watchers TODAY!

Renew Now!

2019 Del Williams Memorial Environmental Scholarship

The 2019 Del Williams Memorial Environmental Scholarship is now open!

Attention Teachers, Counselors, Parents, and Students:

Shenango River Watchers, Inc. will award one $1,000.00 scholarship to a high school senior entering a four-year college who has shown an interest in the preservation of the environment by volunteering his or her time in recycling efforts, neighborhood cleanups, or any other environmental cause. The scholarship will be awarded as a $1,000.00 check to the winner. Interested students must attend a high school within the Shenango River Watershed area, complete the attached application, and write an essay of 500 words or less on how his or her efforts have helped the environment in the community. Each applicant must prove that he or she is dedicated to improving and preserving the environment, BUT DOES NOT need to major in an environmental field. Please feel free to make as many copies of the application as you need for interested students at your school. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Application information can be found here.

Students should send their completed application with all required attachments to the following address by March 18, 2019:

Shenango River Watchers
Environmental Scholarship Panel
730 Forker Blvd
Hermitage, PA 16148

Scholarship Application 2019

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