Volunteering is a great way to make a difference, learn new skills and help the river.
- RiverWatch volunteers collect water quality data monthly from March-December.
- Herring counters conduct fish counts each spring at the Ipswich Mills Dam fish ladder.
- Garden volunteers help tend our demonstration rain and native plant gardens.
- Photographers are needed to build our Ipswich River photo library.
Riverbend, the home of Ipswich River Watershed Association, is a great place to visit. The gardens, trails, canoe dock and property are open from sunrise to sunset to visitors for canoeing, kayaking, walking, birding and gaining the peace of mind that comes from a beautiful stretch of water.
We recently acquired an additional 4 acres of land along the banks of the river increasing the size of Riverbend to 20 acres! Come check out our new trails and explore the remnants of what was once one of the most renowned formal gardens in Massachusetts!
Members use our boats for free anytime!
How is the River doing today?
*LOW FLOW ALERT – Flows on the Ipswich River are at critically low levels. Low flows are linked to the loss of river dependent fish such as brook trout and it can make shallow stretches difficult for paddling.
In order to keep the river healthy and help you enjoy it, our staff and volunteers monitor a range of “indicators” that can help us spot problems with water quality and understand how the river is affected by low flows and land and water-use practices.
See the latest on river conditions and learn how to be part of the effort!