Rediscover Lowell’s Waterways

Explore miles of waterside light and fun located in the heart of historic downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. Check out what’s new on Lowell’s rivers and canals and don’t forget to join our mailing list!

Tell the owner of the canals how you feel!
Enel Green Power is re-licensing their facilities and is doing a Recreation and Aesthetics Study. They need your input on how you use the canals & what you want to see
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The Action Plan

In February 2017, Lowell Waterways unveiled its five-year action plan with a mission to enhance the everyday experience of people in Lowell by making the city’s historic waterways more accessible, active, and vibrant.


The Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative was first introduced publicly in January, 2016, when more than 100 people gathered at the Luna Theatre in Mill No. 5 to witness a vision of Lowell’s waterways at their best. The Lowell Heritage Partnership and the City of Lowell collaborated to develop an Action Plan to make that vision a reality. The fledging group added public and institutional partners such as Lowell National Historical Park and Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

The initiative engaged Solomon Office to develop a plan, created a steering committee of community leaders, and held multiple community visioning sessions and demonstration projects. The result was the February 2017 Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative Action Plan.

To see a list of steering committee members, click here.

Waterways Partners

News and Blog

How to Comment on Boott Hydropower Relicensing!

Enel Green Power (also known as Boott Hydro) must periodically renew their license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC gives an opportunity for the public to comment on the license and any things that they should consider when reviewing Enel’s application. That’s happening right now! Because Enel owns nearly all the canals and …