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“Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary”
Review of Ipswich River

Ipswich River
Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Ipswich
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

This was well worth the 4.00 entry fee. Great hiking trails, lots of wooded paths over the ponds and marshes, great animal viewing opportunities. Today we saw a water snake, sunning turles, ducks, geese on their nests, cranes, wood peckers and many other assorted birds. We saw chip monks, red squirels, an otter, beaver dams and 5 deer which just made out day.
Great for some exercise and also to just sit and enjoy the views and listen to all the various noises the birds make.

Thank SMGBostonMA
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Take a leisurely canoe trip for 4 or more hours down the Ipswich River stopping to bird watch or picnic along the way. See Foote Brothers for canoe rentals.

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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Excellent paddling river for canoeists and kayakers alike. Also lovely swimming all along the river.

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Reviewed 19 July 2012

I went with a friend down the river-it was unique with marshes and obstacles. I would highly recommend you go early in the day when it is quiet. We saw lots of wildlife, it was peaceful and unique. I would NOT recommend renting kayaks/canoes at Foote Brothers. The location is handly but I found the staff and owners very, very rude to customers. They also only had size L PDFs-which is NOT safe. The river takes you through santuary land is amazing-if you are a kayaker-it is worth the trip!

3  Thank 147Adventure
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

We rented canoes from Foote's Canoe rental in Ipswich, Ma and they dropped us 8.5 miles upriver. With a little instruction they sent us on our way. The river was calm, winding and relaxing. We could go at our own pace as long as we were back downriver to the base in 4 hours time. There were stops along the way if we got tired, but we only stopped once at a little island which is owned by Foote's where we had a picnic which we had packed for the trip. Other stops are available if you are an Audobon member. We found evidence of lots of beavers: dens and trees which had been felled by them. These trees made for somewhat of an obstacle course at times as we maneuvered around them in the river, even getting stuck at times. But, we were easily able to back-paddle to get out of the situation. Many geese and native ducks were swimming very close to us as well as a heron which was partially hidden in the tall grasses along the edge of the river. This was a great family outing. But, would also make for a fun date.

Thank Michelle A
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