2017 Calendar of Events

Our calendar of events for 2017 is listed above. As we approach these dates, more information for each event will be added to our website!


Family Cleanup – April 1st | 9AM – 1PM | Clark Boat and Recreation Area

Join us for our Family Cleanup Day on April 1st 9am – 1pm at the Clark Boat and Recreation Area!

Spend the day with your family while protecting our environment! Lunch will be provided at the Tara. Come with your family, club, scout troop, organization, a group of friends, or come solo! All are welcome!

Please RSVP by March 29th! This helps ensure that we have enough food for our volunteers!


Earth Day Cleanup – April 22nd | 9AM – 1PM | Budd Street Canoe Launch

Join us for our annual Earth Day Cleanup! This year we will be meeting at the Budd Street Canoe Launch in Downtown Sharon. The entrance to the canoe launch is at the intersection of Budd St and the Shenango Valley Freeway. We will be sending groups to 3 other locations to remove trash from those areas as well.
Please dress for the weather! If you have any questions, please contact our office (724)342-5453.

2017 Public Meeting

Join us for our annual Public Meeting on February 21st at 7:00 pm at the Activities Building in Buhl Park (directly across from our office, by the South Forker Entrance).

We will be discussing the accomplishments of 2016, as well as what we hope to accomplish in 2017. Each committee will have a chance to speak and take questions from members, volunteers, and anyone who is interested. Volunteer opportunities will be announced, and sign ups will be available.

Everyone is welcome!

Repeal Day Returns

The Brotherhood Of Appreciating Repeal Day (B.O.A.R.D.) is happy to announce…their 2016 Repeal Day Celebration and Benefit Beer Taste with proceeds benefiting the Shenango River Watchers


WHAT: 10th Annual Repeal Day Celebration and Beer Taste Benefit.
WHEN: Monday, December 5th – The Beer taste pours from 6 to 9 pm with a cash
bar open during and later into the evening.
WHERE: The Corinthian, 47 Vine Street, Sharon, PA 16146
WHY: The event will raise money for the Shenango River Watchers while promoting an appreciation for fine craft beers made available through local beer distributors and microbreweries.
WHO: The B.O.A.R.D. (The Brotherhood Of Appreciating Repeal Day)

The history behind the B.O.A.R.D. …
The B.O.A.R.D. is a loosely affiliated fraternal organization founded by a small group of friends who enjoyed good beer and good times with higher a goal to make Repeal Day an annual celebration with a noble cause.

Repeal Day marks the repeal of the 18th amendment to our constitution, representing the end of a 13 yearlong ban on the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcoholic beverages in the United States. With the help of several local distributors and microbreweries, we have put together Western PA’s greatest Repeal Day celebration since 1933. Participants will enjoy samples of 50 or more craft brews poured by experts that pride themselves on the craft. Participants are also encouraged to dress in 30s era attire as The Vindys will provide the live music and promise to make it a party of true 1933 proportions.

A light dinner as well as a silent auction of beer paraphernalia will provide diversions for all.

The Shenango River Watchers are a non-profit watershed group founded to clean up, preserve and protect the environmental, scenic and recreational attributes of the Shenango River. For more information about the River Watchers visit their website at http://www.shenangoriverwatchers.org/.

Tickets are $50 (Checks payable to “Shenango River Watchers” and are available at the Apollo Maennerchor, Sharon, PA, The Pumphouse, Struthers, OH, and Hickory Distributing and DeTolla’s M&M Beer, both Hermitage, PA.
The event does sell out every year with no sales at the door.

Paddle Fest Registration & Maps

Print out the Paddle Fest Registration Form and bring it with you already filled out on Saturday!


***Please remember that Dam Rd is CLOSED where it crosses the dam!***

Dam Rd is CLOSED across the dam

Dam Rd is CLOSED across the dam


If you are coming from the Shenango Valley, or south of Pymatuning State Park, this is the easiest way to get to the launch.

If you are coming from the Shenango Valley, or south of Pymatuning State Park, this is the easiest way to get to the launch.


If you are coming from North East Ohio it will be easiest to cross the Lake via PA-285 then head south on South Lake Rd.

If you are coming from North East Ohio it will be easiest to cross the Lake via PA-285 then head south on South Lake Rd.


We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please feel free to call our office (724)342-5453.

Fishing Pier Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting (1)

Press Release:

Shenango River Watchers (SRW)  has announced the completion of a fishing pier that is wheelchair accessible.  This completes a $58,000.00 project that has been in the making for nearly 14 years.

“We are so excited that the pier is now complete. We have always seen the potential of this wonderful asset, our river; however there were too many people who could not enjoy it due to physical limitations” said Jennifer Barborak, one of the founders of the Shenango River Watchers (SRW).  “We’re pleased to see the pier already being used by fisherman, and some people who just wanted to come out and see the completed project,” Barborak added.

The pier is located in Bicentennial Park, near Connelly and Riverview Manors.  Fourteen years ago, fundraising for the pier started with the residents of those facilities holding a pancake breakfast. The breakfast yielded the first $100 toward the project. The board of SRW vowed then to see the project to completion.  Major donors toward its construction include Mark and Steven Jubelirer of Reyers, HHSDR, Rien Construction and Donna Winner. In addition to the major donors, over 75 individuals contributed financially as well.  A ribbon cutting ceremony planned for Tuesday, August 2nd at 5:30 pm at the Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier in Bicentennial Park, Sharon will include the unveiling of a plaque that will recognize donors.

The Shenango River Watchers was formed in 2001, and is a recognized 501c(3) nonprofit. The group is very active in all aspects of cleaning the river and promoting its use in a safe, healthy and recreational way.  In addition to conducting educational programs and research, they also offer a scholarship for students who have volunteered extensively in environmental activities within the watershed.  Having won many awards and receiving recognition for their contributions in highlighting the river for the asset that it is, they have adopted the phrase “We all live downstream”.  “We want everyone to realize that the river is not something you drive past and have no interaction with. Its health affects all of us, as citizens and businesses. We want that to resonant with all of the residents in the area and especially with our students,” said Barborak.  Students have been actively involved as volunteers, including the cleanup days which have resulted in over 2.5 million pounds of illegal dumping and littering being cleaned up from the watershed and tire recycling efforts yielding over 55,000 discarded tires being disposed of properly.

Membership to support SRW’s efforts is $10 annually for an individual, $20 for a family and $35 for a business.  More information can be found at shenangoriverwatchers.org or by calling Monica King, Executive Administrator to the Board of SRW at 724-342-5453.


Celebrate With Us!

Join us in celebrating our 15th Anniversary at

Donna’s Diner on Thursday June 2nd from 5-7pm

We will have cake for all of our guests, and Donna’s Diner will have a limited dinner menu available for our guests to order dinner. Donna’s Diner will donate a portion of the proceeds to SRW.

We will be out back overlooking the river and have face painting and other fun activities for the kids, and live music by Steve Vuich! Adults can BYOB, non-alcoholic beverages will be available through the Diner.


Tire Recycling

May 28th 9AM – 1PM*

Buhl Park -Hermitage, PA

*Once the truck is full, we cannot accept any more tires.


Fly Casting Clinic – Rain Date


Hello aspiring, amateur, and advanced fly casters alike! Due to forecasted thunderstorms, we had to reschedule the Fly Casting Clinic with Ted Fauceglia. The rain date is Sunday MAY 15TH.

Have you ever wanted to know more about fly fishing? Have you tried fly fishing, but you aren’t sure you have the proper equipment? Are you an avid fly fisherman, but you don’t know or have not perfected all your casting skills?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above, we have a treat for you!

Ted Fauceglia, author of Mayfiles, Major Eastern and Midwestern Hatches, renowned photographer and certified casting instructor has offered to give a free Fly Fishing Casting Techniques Seminar/Clinic at Buhl Park on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00pm. Not only will Ted give us a brief discussion about equipment, he will demonstrate and teach several popular casting techniques and some difficult casts so you are better prepared for fly fishing on our local streams and river!
Ted became a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting instructor after years of fly fishing and months of hard work, classes and testing and he is ready to share what he learned with Shenango River Watchers! We hope you will join us to learn from this incredible teacher!
We will meet at the grassy area next to the eastern part of Lake Julia (east of the bridge) at 2:00pm. It is not necessary that you have equipment to attend this class, but if you have it, bring it!

Spring Paddle Fest

Join us for our 2016 Spring Paddle Fest!

Enjoy a float down one of Pennsylvania’s Official Water Trails!
After the float, enjoy live music and a cookout with fellow paddlers.
Registration 7:30am – 10am at Pymatuning State Park
Drop your gear at the launch below the dam in Pymatuning State Park, 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.
Bussing from Riverside Park to Pymatuning will be provided
$15 per person
Lunch provided @ Riverside Park, Greenville
Launch from Pymatuning State Park float to Riverside Park (9 miles, ~3.5 hours Class 1 Water)
Restrooms Available at launch, mid-float (Halfway Rd), and at take out.

Bus Schedule
Riverside Park: 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30
Paddle Fest T-shirts will be available!
Please Pre-Order by June 3rd


2016 spring pf