The Shawashkong river was named for the trees and mossy, sponge-like land that presents on the shoreline of marshy, fast moving watersheds.

The Shawashkong was an important trading and travel route for Algonquin and settler communities. 

Chemaushgon Road, which runs parallel to the Wàwàtesì trail, is an anglicization of the word Shawashkong. 

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The foot bridge at Millennium Park is a great place to experience the Shawashkong.