Friday, July 2, 2010
Ipswich River - Topsfield
The plan was to launch into the river at Rt. 97 in Topsfield and paddle downstream into the Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary. The photo at left is the Route 97 bridge and was taken on my return trip upriver.
Not too far from the launch site, I paddled into an old canal bed that stretched straight as an arrow for several thousand feet in an easterly direction. The left bank had the look of a tow-path.
Returning to the Ipswich proper, it is narrow and winding with numerous downed trees partially blocking the channel . Paddling around one of the many sharp bends, I came upon this musquash making a hurried dash to the water with a mouthful of grass...
Trash had been recovered at the launch site and in the area of a sandbar frequented by shore fishermen.
The haul for the trip was 42 pieces of trash...