Join us for a paddle on the Ipswich River. This slow moving river runs through forests, meadows and wetlands and much of the area is protected or undeveloped. We'll pass Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bradley Palmer State Park. Much of the river is accessible only by canoe or kayak and is considered a paradise for birders and naturalists. We saw a good variety of birds when we did this trip last July.
We'll meet at Foote Brothers Canoe in Ipswich Mass. We will be shuttled 8 miles upstream to our put in point (Salem Run/Rt.97). We'll plan to take about 6-7 hours paddling downstream, including time for a couple of stops for lunch, a swim, and a stroll.
Foote Brothers rents canoes ($42) and kayaks ($37) or you can bring your own (~$10 shuttle fee per boat). Kayak rentals go fast so reserve early. Call Foote Brother's directly for boat reservations (978) 356-9771.
Remember to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, water, snacks, lunch and to wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet. Also, remember your PFD etc if you are bringing your own boat.
No dogs please.
Please visit the Foote Brother's web site for directions and other information:
Thunder/lightning will cancel this trip (decision made the day before the trip).