Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Neck Creek and Ipswich River - in Ipswich MA

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - I rounded the neck from the Pavillon Beach to Neck Creek and back. Nice water-front houses.

  Put in at Pavillon Beach on Little
  Neck Road in Ipswich MA.
Paddle south then to the branches
  of Neck Creek and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 3.5+ miles
Best to start 1 hour+
  before high tide.
Sandy Point State

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Kayaking on Neck Creek and Ipswich River - in Ipswich MA

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At the public launch area to Ipswich River at Water Street in Ipswich MA.
Trip date September 2016.
For my kayak trip, I actually started at Pavillon Beach and did a round-trip from there . . .

Launch fee applies when launching from Water Street.

The ramp to Ipswich River on Water Street in Ipswich MA.

At Pavillon Beach on Little Neck Road in Ipswich MA.

It was a pleasant late-summer day, temperature in the 70sF.

Another kayaker launching ahead of me.

White sands of Pavillon Beach.

I got behind on my launch start. Started about 40 minutes before high tide when I should have started an hour earlier.

The Boston Kayaker just launched on Plum Island Sound bound for Ipswich River.
Directly in front of me is the southern tip of Plum Island.

Pivot to the right.

Will go around the Little Neck peninsula to Ipswich River.

Water-front houses.

Now rounding Little Neck to the right.

Entering the mouth of Ipswich River.

I initially paddled hugging the Little Neck Road on the right.

Ipswich River delta has many branches and one can easily get lost and I ended up in this dead-end corner.

Just turned around.

Veering to my right, trying to follow the main stem of Ipswich River upstream.

Ipswich Water Police.

I decided to turn around and paddle back to where I started.
I figure I do not have the time and energy today to do a roundtrip upstream and back.

The houses of Little Neck jutting into the Ipswich River.

Now approaching the mouth of the Ipswich River.

Little Neck peninsula.

Ahead of me is the Plum Island.

The tip of Little Neck peninsula. Veering left around this.

Soon after rounding Little Neck, I can see Pavillon Beach.

A swimmer on Plum Island Sound.

Approaching Pavillon Beach.