Canoeing is one of Americas favorite pastimes. Inexpensive and easy to learn, it’s the sport of choice for young and old alike. Once you try it, you’ll agree that there is no better way to exercise, enjoy outdoors, and have fun with family and friends.
Navigable for almost thirty miles, the Ipswich River is one of the best kept secrets on the North Shore. Its gentle waters run quietly through beautiful forests, fields and farmlands. Much of the undeveloped land along its banks is protected, including an Audubon wildlife sanctuary, scenic wetlands, and two state parks. The river is accessible only by canoe, and is a paradise for birders and botanists alike. Stocked with rainbow and brown trout, it’s a favorite with fishermen.
Foote Brothers is a family owned and operated business. We have been renting canoes from our livery at Willowdale Dam since 1955. Equipped with both 15′ and 17′ top of the line Grumman canoes as well as Single and Tandem Prodigy Kayaks, we also provide a shuttle service to several drop off points upstream, and instructions for beginners. Overnight and longer trips are available by arrangement. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members are happy to help you choose the run that’s right for you. Reservations are recommended, and a non-refundable minimal deposit is required.
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