Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Stone bridge over water with trees in background
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Plan Your Visit

Explore forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and esker and travel down the namesake river, which meanders through the sanctuary, by canoe.

Visitor Center
  • Tuesday-Sunday, Monday holidays
  • 9:00 am–4:30 pm
  • Tuesday-Sunday, Monday holidays
  • dawn to dusk
  • 12 miles

Property Regulations

  • Foot travel only; please stay on trails (day passes are available for powered mobility devices)
  • Dog walking and horseback riding are prohibited; please leave all animals and pets at home (service animals welcome)
  • Camping, collecting, smoking, hunting, fishing, releasing of animals, and feeding wildlife is prohibited.
  • Commercial photography needs prior approval; please see all photography guidelines.


  • Parking
  • Nature Center/Museum, Universally Accessible
    Nature Center/Museum, Universally Accessible
  • Restrooms, Universally Accessible
    Restrooms, Universally Accessible
  • Picnic Tables
    Picnic Tables
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station
    Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Canoeing / Kayak (call ahead)
    Canoeing / Kayak (call ahead)
  • Camping

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Explore Ipswich River

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler on a stick, looking off into the distance.
    Ipswich River, Topsfield © Maceo Susi
  • Purple flowers on a green bush in front of a red, wooden barn door.
    Ipswich River, Topsfield © James Doucett
  • A small waterfall running over a rock with green trees in the background.
    Ipswich River, Topsfield © James Smolinsky
  • 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
  • A winding wooden boardwalk on the edge of a marshy pond. Pine trees off to the left side of the water.
    Ipswich River, Topsfield
  • A wooden bridge crosses over a small pond, surrounded by lush, green shrubs and trees. The pond is full of lily pads.
    Ipswich River, Topsfield
  • Large tree stands in the foreground of a grassy field and meadow with yellow flowers.
    Ipswich River, Topsfield
  • A puffy white and gray bird on the edge of a fence, the visitor center in the background.
    Ipswich River, Topsfield © Danielle Rodgers
  • Wooden boardwalk in a marshy area leading to a slightly elevated overlook station to look out over marsh.
    Ipswich River, Topsfield
  • Great Blue Heron wading in grassy waters with a fish in its beak.
    © Cari Brennen
  • A child with a blue striped shirt and blue sun hat sits on a rock overlooking a pond.
    © Liz Cumming
  • Two wet river otters facing touching snouts on a log surrounded by lily pads.
    © Greg Nadeau
  • Great Egret wading in grassy waters.
    © Melanie Baldini
  • Ten children and an adult standing on an L-shaped boardwalk covered in a dusting of snow. A snowy grassland and forest extends in front of them.