Lees River
Lees River (Massachusetts) map.jpg
Lees River and environs
CountryUnited States
CountyBristol County
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates41°44′37″N 71°11′21″W / 41.7436°N 71.1891°W / 41.7436; -71.1891
 • location
Mount Hope Bay
 • coordinates
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
Length2.9 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 Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed April 1, 2011