Spring Paddle Fest

Join us for a beautiful leisurely float down the Shenango River!
$15 per paddler for online registration and $20 for day-of registration
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!
Busing from Riverside Park to Pymatuning will be provided. Buses run every 30 minutes from 8:00 – 11:30AM
Launch – Pymatuning State Park, Jamestown, PA | Take-out – Riverside Park, Greenville, PA
(9 miles, ~3.5 hours Class 1 Water)
Restrooms Available at launch, mid-float (Halfway Rd), and at take out
Lunch provided @ Riverside Park, Greenville from 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Register Today!

Shirts are $20 and available to order with your registration. There are a limited number of each size, so register early if you want one! Shirts must be picked up at the event, we are not able to ship them.

2022 Calendar of Events

April 7 – Public Meeting – Buhl Park Shelter 3 6:00 pm

April 9 – Family Cleanup – Clark Boat Launch 9:00 am Please pre-register!

April 10 – Trail Work Day – Big Bend 2:00 pm

April 21 – Axe Throwing Fundraiser at Carried Away Outfitters, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reserve a Lane!

April 23 – Earth Day Cleanup – Downtown Sharon 9:00 am

April 24 – Spring Wildflower Hike – Big Bend 1:00 pm Pre-registration Required

May 1 – Trail Work Day – New Hamburg 10:00 am

May 7 – Fly Casting Clinic – Buhl Park 1:00 pm Pre-registration Required

May 11 – Gardening for Pollinators Webinar 6:30 pm Registration Required

May 15 – Trail Work Day – Kidds Mill 10:00 am We will meet at NEW HAMBURG!

May 26 – Intro to Kayaking Course – Pymatuning State Park 6:00 pm

May 28 – Tire Recycling Collection – Hickory VFW 9:00 am Volunteers Needed!

June 4 – Spring Paddle Fest – Pymatuning State Park Register Today!

June 12 – Trail Work Day – River Road 10:00 am

June 26 – Trail Work Day – Big Bend 10:00 am

July 9 – Shenango River Cleanup

July 10 – Trail Work Day – New Hamburg 10:00 am

August 13 – Shenango River Cleanup

August 14 – Trail Work Day – Kidds Mill 10:00 am

August 27 – Lake to Lake Paddle Challenge

September 11 – Trail Work Day – River Road 10:00 am

October 1 – Shenango Lake Cleanup

October 8 – Fall Paddle Fest

October 9 – Trail Work Day – Big Bend 2:00 pm

October 23 – Fall Foliage Hike

November 13 – Trail Work Day – New Hamburg 2:00 pm

November 17 – National Take a Hike Day

November 24 – Gobble Wobble – Buhl Park 9:30 am

More details for all events coming soon!

34th Annual Gobble Wobble

The 34th Annual Gobble Wobble 5k on Thanksgiving Day is BACK IN PERSON at Buhl Park, Hermitage, PA! Race day registration opens at 8:00 AM and the race will begin promptly at 9:30 AM. This year, all proceeds benefit the Shenango River Watchers.

A Thanksgiving Day Tradition – The Shenango Valley’s largest 5k! 
Pre-registration (until midnight November 23, 2021): $10 
Race day registration: $15 per person
T-shirts available for an additional charge to all participants who register by Friday November 12th.  A limited number of shirts will be available after that on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Race day registration begins at 8:00am. Race starts promptly at 9:30am.

https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Hermitage/GobbleWobbleRace

Interested in having your business or organization on the Gobble Wobble shirt this year? Check out our sponsorship opportunities!

Fall Paddle Fest

Register Online!

Join us for a beautiful leisurely float down Pennsylvania’s 2021 River of the Year
$15 per paddler for online registration and $20 for day-of registration
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!
Busing from Riverside Park to Pymatuning will be provided. Buses run every 15 minutes from 8:00 – 11:30AM
Launch – Pymatuning State Park, Jamestown, PA | Take-out – Riverside Park, Greenville, PA
(9 miles, ~3.5 hours Class 1 Water)
Restrooms Available at launch, mid-float (Halfway Rd), and at take out
Lunch provided @ Riverside Park, Greenville from 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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 20 years, you have helped us: remove over 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, and create recreational opportunities such as the Sheango Trail and the Upper Shenango River Water Trail.

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:

¨ 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!




2021 River of the Year Events

2021 River of the Year Events

April 6 – Annual Public Meeting | 6:00 PM, Buhl Park PAC (Amphitheatre/Bandshell)

April 10 – New Castle West Side Community Cleanup | 10:00 AM, New Castle

April 11 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM Big Bend

April 24 – Earth Day Cleanup | 9:00 AM, Clark Boat Launch, 2844 Valley View Rd Exd, Sharpsville, PA 16150

April 25 – Spring Wildflower Hike | Pre-registration Required, Big Bend

May 1 – Fly Casting Clinic Session 1 | 11:00 AM, Buhl Park POSTPONED

May 8 – Fly Casting Clinic Session 2 | 11:00 AM, Buhl Park POSTPONED

May 16 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM, New Hamburg

June 8 – Intro to Kayaking | 6:00 PM, Pymatuning State Park

June 13 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM, Kidds Mill

June 19 – Spring Paddle Fest | Registration 7:30 – 10:30 AM, Pymatuning State Park

June 27 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM, River Road Pipeline Access

July 11 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM, Big Bend

August 8 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM, New Hamburg

September 12 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM, River Road Pipeline Access

October 9 – Fall Paddle Fest | Registration 7:30 – 10:30 AM, Pymatuning State Park

October 17 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM, Big Bend

October 24 – Fall Historical Hike | Postponed due to weather!

November 14 – Trail Work Day | 10:00 AM, New Hamburg

November 17 – National Take a Hike Day

November 25 – 34th Annual Gobble Wobble | 9:00 AM, Buhl Park

Trail Work Day GPS Addresses for meeting sites:
Big Bend – 191 N Bend Rd, Mercer, PA 16137

New Hamburg – 627 Hamburg Rd, Fredonia, PA 16124

Kidds Mill – 99 W Kidds Mill Rd, Greenville, PA 16125

River Road Pipeline Access – 592 River Rd, Greenville, PA 16125

Public Meeting

Join us for our annual Public Meeting on Tuesday April 6th at 6:00 PM at the Buhl Park PAC (bandshell/amphitheater) as we discuss plans for our 20th Anniversary and River of the Year celebrations. This will be a great opportunity to check your membership standings and sign up for volunteer opportunities. We will also be voting on changes to the SRW bylaws, please review the changes prior to the meeting.

Shenango River Named PA’s River of the Year 2021

02/01/2021

​Harrisburg, PA — Winding through Northwestern Pennsylvania, connecting Pymatuning and Shenango lakes with the Beaver River via 82 miles of scenic, peaceful river, the Shenango River has been voted the state’s 2021 River of the Year.

The public was invited to vote online, choosing from among five waterways nominated across the state. Results were announced jointly today by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR).

Other waterways nominated were the Buffalo Creek, Lehigh River, Loyalhanna Creek and Tunkhannock Creek.

“The River of the Year selection does much more than focus on attributes of the most deserving Shenango, it recognizes the Shenango River Watchers and other supporters who rallied behind it,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “This annual honor recognizes not only our state’s wealth of rivers and streams, but also the dedicated folks who fight to protect them.”

A total of 16,494 votes were cast, with the Shenango River receiving 5,436; Buffalo Creek, 3,079; Lehigh River, 5,287; Loyalhanna Creek, 1,703; and Tunkhannock Creek, 989.

DCNR and POWR will work with the Shenango River Watchers to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the Shenango River as the 2021 PA River of the Year.

The Shenango River Watchers will receive a $10,000 Leadership Grant to help fund a slate of year-long 2021 River of the Year activities.

Shenango River Watchers was founded in 2001 by a small group of interested and dedicated citizens. The organization began by hosting trash and litter cleanups. Since 2001, it has removed over 1.5 million pounds of trash from the watershed and attracted more than 50 volunteers at each cleanup event.

In addition to cleanups, they conduct water quality monitoring and aquatic life surveying. In the last 20 years, Shenango River Watchers has provided outdoor, hands-on environmental learning opportunities for hundreds of students within the watershed through its annual Outdoor Environmental Education Day.

Shenango River Watchers is currently the only organization in Mercer County whose sole focus is on the clean-up, preservation and protection of the Shenango River and its recreational opportunities. Shenango River Watchers host over 20 annual events including two successful sojourns attracting up to 400 paddlers per event; an outdoor environmental education day with over 250 local students; and a 5k race that attracts over 1,200 runners plus spectators.

They also partner with other groups to host free recreational workshops such as a fly-casting clinics and introduction to kayaking courses, as well as community hikes, volunteer work days and cleanups.

For 20 years the Shenango River Watchers has demonstrated commitment and ability to plan and implement a wide range of events for the benefit of the community and the Shenango River.

“We are thrilled to have the Shenango River chosen as the Pennsylvania River of the Year! . This is a great honor, not just for the Shenango River Watchers but for our region as a whole. Thank you to DCNR and POWR for this fabulous opportunity,” said Shenango River Watchers President. Dr. Brandi Baros. “Thank you to our volunteers, who have cleaned up 1.5 million pounds of garbage from the river and its watershed and turned a neglected waterway into a paddler’s paradise. Every year we see more and more people come out to enjoy the wondrous recreation opportunities the Shenango has to offer, including kayaking, fishing, hiking, and birdwatching.”

In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices was overseen by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

“POWR would like to commend everyone across the commonwealth for their support for the nominated waterways,” said POWR’s Janet Sweeney. “Enthusiasm for River of the Year continues to grow. This program truly is a wonderful opportunity to showcase all the nominated waterways and the great work being done in Pennsylvania communities on these valuable resources.”

A commemorative River of the Year sojourn is among many paddling trips supported by DCNR and POWR each year. An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers. More sojoun information​ and details on grant applications are offered by POWR.

Learn more about River of the Year

Article from : https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DCNR_details.aspx?newsid=720&fbclid=IwAR0I27j2DhFXms8oZ28QqBhQNd3XmXghZAZo9RlJjq0zc3_3_Z_N6sbHbhM