Ipswich River to Cranes Beach (Ipswich, MA) kayak trip logs

25 05 2009

This was a fantastic trip! Easy, mellow and a huge payoff to hang on the gorgeous Crane’s Beach without the crowds.

Route map

When:

May 25, 2009

Launch Point:

We put in at the Ipswich Town Dock. The harbormaster is great! We paid $5 to launch both kayaks, and there was parking, nice ramp, etc.

IpswichLaunch

Patrick scopes out the deal at the Ipswich Town Launch.

Goal:

Explore the Ipswich River toward the Little Neck area.

Tide/Current:

Wasn’t too strong here…we launched a few hours after high tide.

Trip length:

About 3 mellow hours

Log:

This was great…definitely a bunch of boats and jetskis in the river to be aware of — stay out of the deep channel and keep to the sides where it’s more shallow (and way less speed boat friendly). We started out and took one of our first rights under a bridge to Labor In Vain Creek. (Good New England name if we ever heard one.)

Turning into Labor In Vain Creek.

Turning into Labor In Vain Creek.

It’s a marshy channel with fields and trees around it — it’s supposed to be pretty neat if you go up a’ways. We got antsy to see the beachy areas though and bailed on it.

Laboring in Vain.

Laboring in Vain.

We followed our trusty map and the general direction of the boat traffic out and around to Little Neck. We heard that Dennis Eckersly, former Red Sox pitcher and current kickass commentator and our personal local hero lives around there. We waved vaguely in the direction of some nice houses.

Here we are with Dennis Eckersly...'s neighborhood.

Here we are with Dennis Eckersly...'s neighborhood.

We came to the end of Crane’s Beach — the incredibly beautiful beach that costs over $20 to park at in the summer. We were on one of the far ends with only other boaters around. It was like this magical other world of beach land, without the crowds and hubbubs of parking lots…mostly locals and boaters. So, so cool!

Crane's Beach on my right side, Sandy Point straight ahead...I'm rappin' about yakkin', need a paddle to my head.

Crane's Beach on my right side, Sandy Point straight ahead...I'm rappin' about yakkin', need a paddle to my head.


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