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Aug 8 Kayak Outing on the Ipswich River

Aug 8 Kayak Outing on the Ipswich River

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8:45- 9:00am Meet at Willowdale Dam, Ipswich

9:10-9:30am Presentation on the Ipswich River by Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director of the IRWA

9:30-11:30am Kayak or Canoe ride on the Ipswich.

2 hour tour planned but you are welcome to continue on with the 4 hour river ride

$10 donation to the IRWA suggested at the time of the tour


photo-people on river

Our August NSTC Sustainability Forum event takes place outdoors in nature on the scenic Ipswich River. Come join us to experience one of the best kept secrets on the North Shore which is a paradise for birders and botanists. Explore and discover the clean waters, wetlands and wildlife while learning about the river from a leading expert. See why sustainability efforts are so important and experience first hand the local nature we can help to preserve. Family and friends welcome!

Ensuring a Healthy, Beautiful & Sustainable Ipswich River Ecosystem

The Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA) is the voice of the Ipswich River. IRWA works to protect nature and make sure that there is enough clean water for people, fish and wildlife, today and for our children and theirs. The Ipswich River and streams, ponds and coastal waters of our region are healthy and beautiful. Clean water flows year-round, and native fish and wildlife thrive. Natural areas help keep the river clean and provide places for families to enjoy nature. Our drinking water is clean, safe and adequate to meet our needs. The Ipswich River Watershed Association works in partnership with communities, businesses, schools, and other organizations and residents to protect the river.


Meet at Willowdale Dam
230 Topsfield Road
Ipswich MA 01938

Date and Time

Begins: 08/08/2015 08:45 AM
Ends: 08/08/2015 11:30 AM


photo-Wayne Castonguay

Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director of the IRWA, has been an Ipswich River advocate since childhood and has extensive background in nonprofit management and protecting natural resources. Prior to becoming Executive Director in September 2012, he worked for The Trustees of Reservations for 14 years, first as Regional Ecologist, then as General Manager of Appleton Farms, and most recently as Director of the TrusteesÂ’ statewide Agriculture Program. Previously, Wayne worked for 10 years as a Biologist for Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.


What if I don’t have a canoe or kayak?

If you don’t have your own canoe or kayak, rentals are conveniently located at Willowdale Dam through Foote Brothers at 978-356-9771 or go online to rent at www.footebrotherscanoes.com
Rental fees for canoes and kayaks is $39 and icnludes a life jacket. We recommend you book ASAP. We will start at Willowdale Dam and enjoy the lazy waters of the Ipswich River for a few hours and people are able to continue for the 4 hour tour if they like. Ideal for beginners and families with young children.

Rain Date:

Sunday, August 9th

Note: Any rain delay decision will be made by Friday, August 8th at noon; you will be notified by the same remail you used to register for this event.


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