Bug Light Park offers similar access to East End. There's one place to rent canoes, Foote Brothers, I think near downtown Ipswich, and there's numerous places to put your own non-motorized boat into the water. Ideal for beginners and families with young children. The Ipswich River Watershed Association is the voice of the Ipswich River. ... you and I and your partner met a few years ago on the Ipswich. In order to avoid ferry traffic, paddle first to Gorges Island, then to the southern tip of Little Diamond Island, then … On the west side of Rt 1A, just south of the bridge from Seabrook to Hampton Beach. Under the Salem Road bridge, we ran our first beaver dam. $40 weekdays. Dover Point/Hilton Park  The boat ramp at the tip of Dover Point (Hilton Park) provides easy access to Little Bay, the upper Piscataqua River, and the Salmon Falls River. Ipswich River, Massachusetts fishing report, rainbow trout fly fishing forecast, fishing season updates, fly shop and fishing guides, and fly-fishing weather. Snacks All nautical charts make note that it is a violation to land on the Refuge beach, but also marsh areas are protected as well. Waterproof pouch or plastic bag ~ for cellphone/valuables Parking at the boat ramp is for residents only, parking is behind the fire station (going north, just up the road take the left fork, and the fire station is a couple hundred feet on the left). 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. Rye Harbor  This is the usual put-in when paddling to the Isle of Shoals. At this stretch, the river is parallel to River Road in Topsfield MA. This is a good location if you’re a solo or beginning paddler, providing shoreline viewing of Beverly and Marblehead depending on your direction. Riverhead Beach/ Devereux Beach On Ocean Ave, at the beginning of the causeway from Marblehead to Marblehead neck. You can look at a map of the water trail to pick out which route works best for you. At high tide it is a large lake while at low tide there are many channels to follow. Nahant Causeway to boat launch and Long Beach at Nahant Beach Reservation, or Lynn Shore Drive to Red Rock Park and King’s Beach at Lynn Shore Reservation. The currents are strong but manageable. Expect parking tickets in the summer. Merrimack River Kayak Trip - Dracut MA to Lawrence MA. Put in near the Parking Lot 1. inside the wildlife refuge. Launch from the head of the cove and then park either in the main lot or back up on the main road – walking distance varies with the tide. It’s on Beach Street, just west of Bearskin Neck. Devereux will give you access to the open ocean, the Swampscott coast, and Nahant Bay beyond. There’s a store with charts, kayak supplies, sandwiches, and ice. You kindly sent along a list of put-ins which I have happily visited. Harpswell  At the end of Basin Point is Dolphin Marina, which offers ready access to the east end of Casco Bay:  Whaleboat, Eagle, and Jewell islands. There are a number of put-ins along the river and some kayak and canoe rental operations, including Foote Brothers and Newbury Kayak and Canoe. Access to protected paddling in Little Harbor, currents around the bridges, or open water to Gerrish Island or Rye Harbor. Next bridge is the Route 1 bridge. The beach is open to the sea, and you can get dumping surf. Seavey Creek/Odiorne  A popular put-in in the Portsmouth area (Rye, NH) is Seavey Creek, at the north/east end of Odiorne State Park on Rt 1A. Use East End Beach as a put-in for Peaks Island. Canoe Rentals at Ipswich River. There’s a daily fee for parking, but it may be discounted with a meal at the restaurant. Gloucester High School  (Dunfudgin Landing)  Access to the Annisquam River, just north of the Blynman Canal (aka “the cut”). There may be a $10 fee for non-residents. Foote Brothers Canoe and Kayak outfits canoers with the paddle-driven vessels they need to power across the surface of the Ipswich River, charting a downstream course through a wildlife sanctuary and the majestic Wenham wetlands. East End Beach provides access to the harbor and islands in western Casco Bay. Lanes Cove on Cape Ann is on the northwest side of the Cape, providing a starting point for exploring the Annisquam or rounding Halibut Point to get to Rockport and the Dry Salvages. Canoe. The strip of land between Great Neck and Little Neck is Pavilion Beach. We will scout out other sections of the Ipswich to enjoy. Bathrooms are available. Going under the bridge to the ocean can be a little rough depending upon the tide and winds. Our stretch of the river runs through a National Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, scenic wetlands, and Bradley Palmer State Park and Willowdale State Forest! Resources: www.ipswichriver.org/ sells an inexpensive map of all put-ins … There is a parking lot on the left immediately after crossing the bridge onto Cousins Island. Go past the entrance for Gloucester High School and turn left on Emerson Ave. You need to unload at the bathrooms and carry the boats to the sandy beach, then park your car in the upper lot. Photo: Carol Decker More Information . Salem On Route 133 in the center of Essex. Ipswich Riverhead gives direct access to the harbor and Salem Sound, although at low tide you’ll have to carry for a hundred yards or so of gravel, shells and sand – it is drivable. Charles River Canoe and Kayak Center Rental information for Hopkinton State Park, Spot Pond and more . Perhaps after this pandemic passes, which it will, we can meet again on the river. Kayaks cannot be launched from the middle commercial ramp. Within 1/2 an hour (depending on the tide) you'll be at the mouth of Fox Creek (on your right, 200 yards before the entrance to the ocean). Take Franklin St, left on Fore Street, to the park – Eastern Promenade on your right. It's classic New England scenery all the way. 251 Causeway Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114 Directions . In addition there is a water treatment plant upstream in Lowell. The paddle through the harbor is busy on summer weekends; watch out for the motor launches. The trail spans around 80 miles total, and there are many spots to enter and exit the river. Get off Rt. The parking lot faces Seabrook Harbor and there is easy access to a small beach. Reservations are required. . There are several kayak put-ins in the area, on the Parker and Rowley Rivers, on Water Street near Joppa Flats on the Merrimack River, and, for a fee, near the gate entrance to the Plum Island section of the wildlife refuge.The refuge itself has a gravel road that runs its' full length, and there's a state park at the southern tip with beach access. View Dracut to Lawrence in a larger map I was hoping to start this trip a little further upstream but I couldn't find any good put ins. After you cross the bridge, take the first exit to the boat ramp. Hi All, I canoe & kayak quite a bit on the Essex & Suffolk coast but for some reason have never ventured much inland apart from going up the D Option 1: Day One: Put in at the Wagoner Access of the New River State Park. I've only ever approached this site from river though so there may well be a locked gate to contend with if arriving there by car. Fees: no. The area within the park, which looks more like a pond that a trout stream, provides a place for anglers to fish from the bank and do some wading. K1 - Carol McAuliffe, Lisa Salmi, Chip Hebert, Pat Traynor. Avoid disturbing the refuge and the possibility of receiving a fine; the rangers take their job seriously. From here you can explore Plum Island, several tidal rivers, Crane Beach on Castle Neck, or perhaps paddle as far as Cape Ann. This includes Grape Island, Middle Ground, Nelson Island, or any other marsh areas within the Refuge boundary. On a trip to Maine in the spring of 2016, SRBTC, in conjunction with fishermen from TU’s Nor’East Chapter (Ipswich, MA), spent a long early June weekend fishing the Dennys River thanks to a generous donation from Robinson’s Cottages Camps in Dennysville, Maine. A $5 fee may be charged at the lot on the south side of the Creek, but there is a gradual cement launching surface. It’s on Duley Street, 0ff 127. Or he or she will need the skills and abilities to paddle a longer, faster kayak 14 feet long or longer, or, a 17 or 18 foot fiberglass sea kayak, from the handful of put-ins that service the area. Respect private property. Alternatively you can launch from the beach near Fort Pickering light. Sandy Point Beach, Cousins Island  From this Casco Bay put-in, one can travel south, around Cousins, and just about see the normal Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) starting point; or go north then east and out through the Royal River channel. Essex town boat ramp is the standard put-in for the Essex Bay. There is free, sometimes congested parking on the north side of the Creek, and the launch is muddy. Failing that there's a water treatment or pumping station where the river goes under the A14 with a good put in there. Kayaking on Plum Island Sound - from Newburyport MA to Ipswich MA. I found a great place to drop the boat in Boxford at least until school got out .... Now it is absolutely chock full of day-camp kiddos and is … This turtle will turn out to be the first of hundreds! Explore barrier beach and island systems, salt marshes, estuaries, and glacial bluffs as you look for American … Much of the river is accessible only by canoe, and our some of our regulars include birders, botanists and fisherman. It was a pleasant paddle and some nice fall foliage but abbreviated. The hardier can paddle out on a kayak into the North Sea, provided conditions are good. We work to protect nature and make sure that there is enough clean water for people, fish and wildlife, today and for our children and theirs. Difficult at lower tides. Nahant Beach is a favorite of surfers for its clean breakers. (In season Memorial Day to Labor Day) COVID-19 Update . The trips mostly follow the shoreline and include interesting routes, easy put ins, and available parking. I’d like that. Might be worth contacting Ipswich Canoe Club as they paddle theGipping now and then I think. Up Fox Creek as far as your kayaks will go you'll come to a bridge, which opens into the Essex River. 95 at exit 7 and follow the signs to Strawbery Banke. Both of those frequently paddled rivers could benefit from improved put-ins … There are no put-ins or paddling at Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet, but the sanctuary leads dozens of kayaking programs each year—some easy/beginner and others more challenging—to several popular sites nearby, including Great Island, Nauset Marsh, and Upper Pleasant Bay. Free parking; no facilities. )where they allowed us to launch our own kayaks. 95 heading north, take exit 4 on to the Spaulding Turnpike (Hwy 16). Actual opening/closing dates depend on weather conditions ~ call ahead to inquire, Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (In Season) Be aware the take-outs on the Spoon and Mackinaw can be uphill, challenging, and muddy at times. 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