ED Wayne Castonguay clambers down to the dried out pond bottom adjacent to Martin’s Brook in North Reading to point out that the water in the pond should be up to his neck. Further on you could see where kids had turned the dried-out riverbed into a track for dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles. This Story Says it All - The following originally appeared on Wicked Local Ipswich on September 16, 2016, written by William Sargent, after an exploration of our drought-stricken watershed with Executive Director Wayne Castonguay. Sargent has published a number of books of science and nature writing, including some that focus on our area, including “The House On Ipswich Marsh: Exploring the Natural History of New England.”...
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RyanO'Donnell_FishCounter_RobBarossi2016 (2)Volunteering is a great way to make a difference, learn new skills and help the river.

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Visit Riverbend

004Riverbend, the home of Ipswich River Watershed Association, is a great place to visit. Look for our sign at 143 County Rd (Route 1A) in Ipswich. Gardens, trails, dock and property are open from sunrise to sunset for paddling, walking, birding and gaining the peace of mind that comes from a beautiful stretch of water.

Members use our boats for free, anytime! Canoes and kayaks are right by the river, ready to be launched from our dock. First come, first served. Reservations are not required to paddle what many people say is the most beautiful and least frequented stretch of the river.

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River Conditions

Ipswich River USGS Gage

USGS Water-data graph for site 01102000How is the River doing today? Check Paddling Conditions.

In order to keep the river healthy and help you enjoy it, our staff and volunteers monitor a range of “indicators” that can help us spot problems with water quality and understand how the river is affected by low flows and land and water-use practices.

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