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Ipswich River, Ipswich

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Ipswich River is a small river in northeastern Massachusetts, United States, mighty in importance in early colonial migrations inland from the ocean port of Ipswich which could provide safe harborage in offshore Plum Island Sound to early Massachusetts subsistence farmers who doubled often as fishermen. A part of the river forms town boundaries and divides Essex County, Massachusetts on the coast from the more inland Middlesex County. It is 35mi long, and its watershed is approximately 155sqmi, with an estimated population in the area of 160,000 people.Historically, the settlement of Essex County began at the oldest community there, the tiny seaport of Agawam (later renamed Ipswich), and typically proceeded westward and northward along the Ipswich or its tributary creeks. When Middlesex County was formed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, only Salem and Charlestown across the Charles River mouth and Boston harbor's inner estuary from Boston's much smaller hill dominated peninsula were older settlements. The upper river runs through and drains at least parts of Burlington, The lower river forms part of the borders between the Towns: of North Reading and the Town of Lynnfield of Middleton and the City of Peabody of Middleton and the Town of Danvers, and the Town of Boxford and the Town of Topsfield. The wide swamps along the river made it impossible to ford the stream anywhere east of Wilmington in colonial times. The only route north out of Boston to the northeast (Today called the Northshore) was via the Andover Road, an often muddy track, later made a wagon road which forded the stream just below the confluence of Lubbers and Maple Meadow brooks.
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  • We walk by well preserved first period houses with gorgeous flower gardens! The scenery changes with the seasons! Green canopy in the summer reflected off the water! Gold's, reds, yellows and oranges ...  more »
  • Folks in Ipswich have created several short walks along the river. One is a lovely dirt trail which gives a stroller a lovely sense of privacy and wildness for a brief walk. Another is paved and inclu...  more »
  • I walk along the river almost everyday with my dog! It is a very photogenic area. It is perfect for water color and acrylic painters! There's a beautiful view everywhere you look! There are more 1st p...  more »
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  • Obviously the best part of the river runs thru Ipswich proper. A diverse river offering lazy paddle opportunities above the downtown dam at Ebsco to the extreme tidal currents at her mouth there is something for everyone. Caution: deranged beaver have been known to attack kayakers.
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