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Stone bridge over water with trees in background
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

Canoe Rentals at Ipswich River

Canoe rentals have ended for the season. Please canoe with us on Memorial Day weekend in 2024!

Mass Audubon members can rent a canoe and travel down the Ipswich River, May through October, when the sanctuary is open.

We provide paddles, PFDs, and a key to unlock the canoe at the canoe landing on the river.

Three canoes with two people in each paddling down a river. Dead trees and green vegetation on the banks are in front of them.
Ipswich River, Topsfield

Rental Fees

Weekdays

$20 for the first 2 hours and $10 for every additional hour per canoe.

Weekends

Either 9:00 am-12:00 pm or 12:30-3:30 pm; $30 flat fee for half day (3.5 hour) rental, $60 for full day per canoe.

Rules & Restrictions

  • Renters must be current Mass Audubon members and at least 18yrs of age. Join or renew today!
  • Availability is limited on a first come first serve basis.
  • Maximum of 2 canoe rentals per member.
  • Each canoe accommodates a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 small children.
  • The canoes can only be used in the Ipswich River and within the boundaries of the sanctuary. No canoes are permitted in Bunker Meadow.
  • All renters must wear a PFD (personal flotation device) in canoes at all times.
  • Visitors are not permitted to launch their own canoe/kayaks from our landing.
  • No alcohol, pets or fishing are permitted.

Good to Know

  • Canoe landing and boat rack is a 0.3 mile hike from the Visitors Center down the Bunker Meadow trail to the Ipswich River Trail.
  • Canoes are locked on canoe racks and are heavy (70-80 pounds), requiring 2 adults to access canoes from racks and get into the water.
  • We recommend paddling upstream when leaving our canoe launch and return downstream.
  • Wear close-toed shoes that can get wet.
  • Bring a dry bag, sunscreen, bug spray, and water bottles.