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Welcome to Foote Brothers Canoe/Kayak Rentals - Open April thru October.
Over 50 years of service
2005 was our 50th year of business at Foote's Canoes. The business was started by Harold and Rose Foote in 1955.
Canoeing has fast become 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, 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.

For real time stream flow, Willowdale Dam, Ipswich click here.

Hours
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, 7 Days
Canoes
Willowdale
Run
$27.00
$37.00

(weekends and holidays)
Put your canoe in at Willowdale Dam and enjoy the lazy waters of the Ipswich River for a few hours or a full day. Flat rate includes canoe, paddles, PFD* and instructions. Perfect if you are a beginner or don't have time for a longer run.
Rt.97 / Salem Run $42.00 Rt. 97  Foote Brothers most popular trip, this run takes about four hours. We shuttle you to a drop-off point in Topsfield. You paddle back downstream to Willowdale Dam through the wildlife sanctuary, state parks, and Wenham wetlands. The price includes canoe, paddles, PFD*, instructions and shuttle service.
Thunder Bridge Run $47.00 This 6-7 hour trip is for more experienced canoeists. From the drop-off point at Thunder Bridge in Middleton, the river takes you past fields and farmland, the wildlife sanctuary, Wenham wetlands and state parks on your way back to Willowdale Dam. The price includes canoe, paddles, PFD*, instructions and shuttle service.
Overnight Trips Available Starting at $62.00
*PFDs (lifejackets) are required for every person in a canoe. (Mass. Law, Chapter 90-B, Section 5A)
Private Portage $10.00 Salem Run
Deposits $10.00
Kayaks
Willowdale
Run
$22.00
$32.00

(weekends and holidays)
Put your kayak in at Willowdale Dam and enjoy the lazy waters of the Ipswich River for a few hours or a full day. Flat rate includes kayak, paddle, PFD* and instructions. Perfect if you are a beginner or don't have time for a longer run.
Rt.97 / Salem Run $37.00 Rt. 97  Foote Brothers most popular trip, this run takes about four hours. We shuttle you to a drop-off point in Topsfield. You paddle back downstream to Willowdale Dam through the wildlife sanctuary, state parks, and Wenham wetlands. The price includes kayak, paddle, PFD*, instructions and shuttle service.
Thunder Bridge Run $42.00 This 6-7 hour trip is for more experienced kayakers. From the drop-off point at Thunder Bridge in Middleton, the river takes you past fields and farmland, the wildlife sanctuary, Wenham wetlands and state parks on your way back to Willowdale Dam. The price includes kayak, paddle, PFD*, instructions and shuttle service.
     
Overnight Trips Available Starting at $57.00
*PFDs (lifejackets) are required for every person in a kayak. (Mass. Law, Chapter 90-B, Section 5A)
Private Portage $12.00 Salem Run
Deposits $10.00

Please note: Drinking alcoholic beverages while canoeing the river is strongly discouraged.


For information and reservations please call (978) 356-9771

DIRECTIONS
Located just 35 miles North of Boston (40 minutes).
Take Rte. 1 North to Ipswich Road and turn right. Willowdale Dam is three miles down on the right.

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