Explore the Watershed
Families that play together, stay together — and the Ipswich River offers countless ways for families and friends to share memorable experiences in nature! The Ipswich River is certainly one of the best rivers for paddling in eastern Massachusetts.
This comprehensive online guide includes a complete list of parks and other public spaces where you can enjoy the river, as well as the best locations to enjoy your favorite activities in the Ipswich River Watershed:
Buy a new Ipswich River Paddling Guide and Map ($5) for all you need to know about how to enjoy the river! Buy online or at our headquarters at 143 County Road in Ipswich. This also map is available for free through the Avenza PDF Map app for mobile devices.
Members may use our boats for free!
For a fun family adventure from Riverbend, load up the kids and canoe upstream for a picnic along the river, or turn your canoe downstream and head for the Peatfield Street boat launch, only a 15 minute paddle downstream. You’ll pass painted turtles, ducks, and maybe even a great blue heron on the way. If you take out at the Peatfield Street public boat launch you can walk from there to Riverview Pizza or even to Zumi’s for ice cream and then paddle the kids back to Riverbend!
View Great Places to Have Fun Outdoors in a larger map
Other Recreation Resources in the Watershed:
- Open Space and Recreational Lands
- Community Open Spaces
- Visit the IRWA Store to buy our Ipswich River Canoe Map
This guide was made possible by a grant from REI’s Great Place Program.
New Canoe Trail maps on Google Earth (Google map files)
- Canoe trail on the lower Ipswich (Winthrop Street to Peatfield Street in Ipswich)
- Wenham Swamp Canoe trip (Route 97 Launch to Willowdale Meadow just upstream of Foote Brothers)
The Ipswich River Watershed Association and writers of this guide assume no liability for anyone engaging in activities, or visiting locations, mentioned in this guide. Landowners permitting the public to use their property for recreation are protected under state law against liabilities for injuries on their land (MGL Ch. 21 S. 17c).
Readers should be aware of state requirements to use approved personal flotation devices (PFD’s) in canoes, kayaks and other watercraft. Children under 12 must wear PFD’s at all times in watercraft, and adults must wear the PFD between September 15 and May 15, and have one for each person in a watercraft at all times.