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Kayaking on Ipswich River - from Topsfield MA to Ipswich MA


Rating: Three Stars - One of the most scenic rivers in the north shore, the Ipswich River is a must-paddle. The river meanders on the wildlife sanctuary and along a biking trail on Bradley State Park. You will almost always see other kayakers/boaters on this route due to its popularity.

  Put in at Salem Road
  in Topsfield MA.
Take out at Topsfield Road
  in Ipswich MA.
Estimated distance
  = 6.5+ miles
Foot
  bridge
Willowdale
  Dam
Ipswich River
  Wildlife Sanctuary
Foote Brothers
  kayak rentals

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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Other resources:
Kayak The Merrimack: Ipswich River Topsfield to Ipswich Kayak Trip Report
Paddling.net: Ipswich River Trip Report 1
Paddling.net: Ipswich River Trip Report 2
Paddling.net: Ipswich River Trip Report 3
Boston Globe: Canoeing on Ipswich River
Wikipedia: Ipswich River
Mass Audubon: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Foote Brothers canoe & kayak rentals


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Foote Brothers rentals is at the Willowdale Dam in Ipswich MA. We rented a canoe from them.


At the put-in at Rowley Bridge Road in Topsfield MA.











Route 1 bridge in Topsfield MA.

















Route 97 bridge in Topsfield MA.

















Kayak trip on the Ipswich River taken October 2009.


Last September 2011, I was near the area and took pictures of the designated put in and take spots in the map.
This is the launch area in Middleton MA designated in the map above as the put in.


The Ipswich River access just off Thunder Bridge on Endicott Road in Middleton MA.


Kids playing on the Thunder Bridge put in.


Kids swimming on the Ipswich River just below Thunder Bridge in Middleton MA.


The Ipswich River put in off Thunder Bridge.





This is the Salem Road bridge designated as the alternate put in spot in the map above.


Our previous kayak trip 3 years earlier started here.


Salem Road bridge in Topsfield MA. Kids jumping off the Thunder Bridge on Endicott Road over Ipswich River put in.



There are two spots about 200 feet apart near the Ipswich-Topsfield townline that has parking spaces and river access.
The first launch spot pictured above is on the Topsfield side just before the townline.


Across this first launch spot is another green space with parking available.


Willowdale Meadow is just across the first launch spot.


The Ipswich River viewed from the first launch spot on the Topsfield side.


This is the Ipswich River viewed from the second spot on the foot bridge on the Ipswich side of the townline.


The foot bridge at the take-out on the Ipswich-Topsfield town line.


The Ipswich River access spot on the foot bridge.


The second take is just on the Ipswich side of the Ipswich-Topsfield town line.


A little bit further west is the Foote Brothers kayak rentals and the Willowdale Dam.


Willowdale Dam in Ipswich MA.


The Ipswich River viewed from the Foote Brothers launch looking west.


Kayak renters finishing their trip at the Foote Brothers river access.