Our Goal is a Clean, Healthy, Resilient Winooski Watershed.

We want to engage people who live, work, and play in our watershed to learn about the challenges to the river, and help us work to solve some of those challenges, and celebrate the progress that we make. 


Working For Your Rivers

The Friends of the Winooski River needs your help to build our capacity to restore and protect the waters of the Winooski Watershed.

I love the Winooski River! Every season of the year, I can find beautiful places along the river that take my breath away. It's the water of life for those of us lucky enough to live in her watershed.

Jeanne, Burlington


Tons of trash removed from the Winooski River


Habitats improved


Water quality samples analyzed


Trees and shrubs planted

April 11th
05:30 am to 08:30 am

25th Anniversary Dinner

Zenbarn, 179 Guptil Rd, Waterbury Center, VT 05677

Join us at Zenbarn in Waterbury Center for a fun, casual dinner to celebrate our work together to restore the health of the Winooski watershed. We'll enjoy live music by Colin McCaffrey and a talk about beavers by Tyler Brown, Vermont Fish & Wildlife. Purchase tickets at https://ticketstripe.com/FWR-dinner

June 4th
08:00 am to 02:00 pm

Onion River Race and Ramble

Launch from Bolton dam, take out at Richmond town green

The Onion River Race and Ramble is a 10.5-mile paddle from Bolton to Richmond on Vermont's Winooski River. The Race and Ramble attracts serious racers as well as paddlers looking for a fun time on the water.

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River News & Information


Join Us for Dinner

Celebrate 25 years of working together to restore the health of our watershed!  We’ll enjoy live music by Colin McCaffrey, recognition of some of our outstanding volunteers, and a presentation about beavers in the landscape by Tyler Brown, ...

Mar 18 2023

Slow the Rain, Montpelier!

A lot of the conversation about the health of Lake Champlain focuses on agriculture, so it isn't surprising that many people don't realize that one acre of developed land -- roofs, driveways, streets -- can shed more 

Oct 11 2019

Sponsor our Paddle Program

Do you love to get out on the water? We have three paddling events this summer, and we're seeking Sponsors. We have been sponsored in the past by Ben & Jerry's, Concept2, Seventh Generation, and many

Oct 11 2019

Water Wise Woodlands

Whether you have 5 or 500 acres of woodland, you can help prevent flood damage and produce one of Vermont’s most important forest products—clean water!  Healthy woodlands can absorb, 

Oct 11 2019