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Come Join Us

Canoeing and kayaking has fast become one of Americas favorite pastimes. Inexpensive and easy to learn, it's the sport of choice for people of all ages! Once you try it, you'll agree that there is not a better way to exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun with family and friends.

Our stretch of the river runs through a National Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, scenic wetlands, and Bradley Palmer State Park and Willowdale State Forest! Much of the river is accessible only by canoe, and our some of our regulars include birders, botanists and fisherman.


  1. Old sneakers
  2. Hat (summer)
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Watch
  5. Waterproof pouch or plastic bag for cellphone and valuables
  6. Insect repellent (summer)
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Water
  9. Snacks
  10. Fleece (spring/fall)
  11. Plastic bag for trash
  12. Extra dry clothes and shoes to leave in the car
  13. Windbreaker (spring/fall)

Good to Know

  1. Open from April to October
  2. Actual opening/closing dates depend on weather conditions
  3. ~ call ahead to inquire
  4. Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  5. Base rate REDUCED to $25 on weekdays
  6. PFD, paddle and seat cushion included

River Etiquette

  1. Carry out your trash
  2. Dogs prohibited in the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
  3. Do not collect plants
  4. Leave no trace when you go ashore
  5. Respect private property

Willowdale Dam
230 Topsfield Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
(978) 356-9771

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