Taunton River Stewardship Council

Stewards of the Wild & Scenic Taunton River
Image Credit: Wildlands Trust


The Taunton River is a hidden treasure, rich in history and environmental resources. As one of the most diverse and intact coastal riverine ecosystems in all of southern New England, it provides outstanding wildlife habitat, great scenic beauty, and a multitude of recreational opportunities, from camping and canoeing to snowshoeing and bird watching.

To learn more about the Taunton River and the Stewardship Council, please visit any of the the drop-down menus above.

News and Events

Taunton River Festival – June 11, 2023

The Taunton River Watershed Alliance will be hosting their annual Taunton River Festival on Sunday, June 11 , 2023 from 11am – 4pm at the Taunton Weir Village Riverfront Park. Join in celebrating the Wild & Scenic Taunton River! There will be entertainment, food, exhibitors, and more. To learn more... Continue reading

Middleborough Herring Run Festival & Canoe Race – April 2023

See flyers below for two river-related events happening in Middleborough this April! Continue reading

The Taunton Wild and Scenic River

The Taunton River travels through 10 communities for approximately 40 miles from the confluence of the Town and Matfield Rivers to the confluence of Mt. Hope Bay.

For over two decades, local citizens, planners, conservation groups, and other partners worked to protect the natural and cultural resources of the Taunton River. It is their efforts, through local planning, stewardship, and advocacy, that helped the Taunton achieve federal Wild and Scenic recognition.

In 2009, President Obama signed federal legislation designating the entire mainstem of the Taunton River as a component of the National Wild and Scenic River System to be administered by the National Park Service through a locally-based partnership, the Taunton River Stewardship Council. 

Please explore this website to learn more about the Taunton and what it means to be a Wild and Scenic River.