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  • Saugus River Watershed


    A watershed is is an area of land where all of the water collects in the same place.

    In the Saugus River Watershed, streams, rivers, and rainfall all drain into the same outlet, Massachusetts Bay.

    What is a watershed?

    The Saugus River Watershed

    is approximately 23.3 square miles. It is located in an urban area and has been impacted by human activities for over 300 years.

    It begins its headwaters at


    Lake Quannapowitt.

    The Saugus River flows out of Lake Quannapowitt and into the


    Reedy Meadow National Natural Landmark.

    Reedy Meadow is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in Massachusetts.

    In Lynnfield, an intake and canal divert water from the Saugus River into


    Hawkes Pond.

    Hawkes Pond is a reservoir for the city of Lynn's public water supply.

    The Saugus River flows through


    Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    before continuing to the


    Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern,

    one of the most biologically significant estuaries in Massachusetts. 

    The Saugus River empties into


    Lynn Harbor.