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 one of the best rivers
for paddling in eastern Massachusetts.

There’re so many ways to
get outside and enjoy the
Ipswich River Watershed!

Check out our events calendar for upcoming fun!

The Ipswich River Paddling Guide and Map ($5) has all you need to know about how to enjoy the river!
Our map comes free with membership, you can pick one up at our Riverbend headquarters or download an electronic version for your mobile device.  The PDF Maps app is a geospatial PDF, GeoPDF® and GeoTIFF reader for your Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.


Visit Our headquarters
for trails, paddling and education!



Download our hi-resolution paddling map with just a tap of your finger! Zoom and pan across the map to view your location using the built-in GPS! Avenza maps are always accessible, do not require a live network connection and no data or roaming charges apply.


Get Outside at our 15 acre headquarters right on the river! The property includes:

  • Trails
  • Canoe dock
  • Green building
  • Water-wise demonstration projects and gardens.

Members may use our boats for free!


For a fun family adventure, load up the kids and canoe upstream from our dock for a picnic along the river, or turn your canoe downstream and head for the Peatfield Street boat launch, only a 15 minute trip.
You’ll pass painted turtles, ducks, and maybe even spot a heron or our resident beaver. If you take out at the Peatfield Street public boat launch you can walk from there to Riverview Pizza or Zumi’s for ice cream before paddling back to Riverbend!

Other Recreation Resources in the Watershed:

*This guide was made possible by a grant from REI’s Great Place Program.

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.