Lees River

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For the river in Ireland, see River Lee. For the river in England, see River Lea.
Lees River
Lees River (Massachusetts) map.jpg
Lees River and environs
Origin 41°44′37″N 71°11′21″W / 41.7436°N 71.1891°W / 41.7436; -71.1891
Mouth Mount Hope Bay
41°43′11″N 71°11′45″W / 41.7197°N 71.1957°W / 41.7197; -71.1957Coordinates: 41°43′11″N 71°11′45″W / 41.7197°N 71.1957°W / 41.7197; -71.1957
Location Bristol County, Massachusetts
Length 2.9 mi (4.7 km)

The Lees River or Lee's River, shown on federal maps as the Lee River,[1] is a 2.9-mile-long (4.7 km)[2] tidal river that forms part of the boundary between Swansea and Somerset, Massachusetts. It flows south to drain into Mount Hope Bay.

The first documented local shipyard was established on the river between 1707 and 1712 by Samuel Lee. Today the river is designated as a Class A, "outstanding resource" water.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lee River
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011