It may be a little cold for a paddle but you can still enjoy time outside along the Ipswich River this winter. Visit some of our favorite river-side hiking trails at Bradley Palmer State Park, Reading Town Forest, Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Greenbelt’s Julia Bird Reservation and our Riverbend headquarters in Ipswich. Explore your watershed with friends and family this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at many river events in 2016! Photo: J. Schneider
- RiverWatch volunteers collect water quality data monthly.
- 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 to build our Ipswich River photo library.
Riverbend, the home of Ipswich River Watershed Association, is a great place to visit. Look for our sign at 143 County Rd (Route 1A) in Ipswich. Gardens, trails, dock and property are open from sunrise to sunset for paddling, walking, birding and gaining the peace of mind that comes from a beautiful stretch of water.
Members use our boats for free, anytime! Canoes and kayaks are right by the river, ready to be launched from our dock. First come, first served. Reservations are not required to paddle what many people say is the most beautiful and least frequented stretch of the river.
Ipswich River USGS Gage
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!