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Overnight paddle / camp on the Ipswich River

Date and Time

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Sunday, May 7, 2017

Location

Massachusetts North Shore,
Massachusetts, Boston Area,
MA

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar below.



Overview

Paddle Ipswich River for 5 miles each day, camping on the Mass Audubon Sanctuary's Perkins Island in the middle of the Great Wenham Swamp. You need to be capable of portaging around or clambering over the half a dozen downed trees or beaver dams we expect to encounter. The sights in a nutshell: Passing the Essex County Greenbelt Association's Killam Island property, notice the silver maples which dominate the ecologically-important floodplain forest. Note their buttressed (raised) roots supplying oxygen (preventing drowning) during floods. Note also how the drooping branches curve upward near the tips - distinctive of this variety. Past the confluence of Fish Brook on the left, one of the cleanest in the region, and continuing through another floodplain of great meanders, we encounter the Salem-Beverly Water Supply Board's water withdrawal canal, from which 2 billion gallons of water are pumped each winter and spring, filling Putnamville Reservoir and Wenham Lake. Beyond is the 3,000-acre Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, the Massachusetts Audubon Society's largest sanctuary, home to birds and other creatures. Known as the Great Wenham Swamp, this area covers over 2,500 acres stretching to Danvers. The event also features a campfire and Sunday breakfast.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost*

Adult: $12 member / $12 non-member
Youth: $12 member / $12 non-member
*Camping and pancakes on Sunday morning

Related Link(s):

River information
Map
Audubon


Ipswich River

Activities

Paddling
Paddling - Flatwater
Camping

Offered By

Worcester (Mass.)

Status

Open

Difficulty

Beginner paddle requiring some agility, fitness

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader




Pat has led this annual opportunity for scenic paddling, camping and camaraderie for years now.

Co-Leader


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Senior paddle leader, inspiration and firewood captain.