David Lampert & Thomas Sanders Reservations | Topsfield
The David Lampert and Thomas Sanders Reservations are adjacent to one another, but on opposite shores of the Ipswich River. Both properties consist primarily of floodplain wetlands, so they are wet and inaccessible. What they do offer is an excellent launch point for paddling on the Ipswich River.
The Ipswich River flows from Wilmington to Ipswich and acts as an artery that supports life in our region. Humans rely on the river as a significant water supply, as well as a place to relax and enjoy outdoor recreation.
The river is also an essential link in the corridors of protected open space or greenbelts that are central to our land conservation mission. Numerous Greenbelt properties directly border the Ipswich River, and over 4,000 acres within the watershed are protected.
Flora & Fauna
Many plants and animals, including rare and endangered water birds and plants, depend on the Ipswich River for survival.
The areas where flowing waters meet the shore contain ecological variety not found in drier habitats. Here you’ll find many birds, including Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Eastern Kingbirds and Baltimore Orioles.
The river offers abundant rainbow and brown trout in the late spring.
Take South Main Street; turn left in 500 feet onto Salem Road; in approximately .25 miles, bear right onto Cross Street and follow for approximately .25 miles and turn right onto Rowley Bridge Road. Park on left by sign and kiosk.
Space for 2-3 vehicles on the side of Rowley Bridge Road on the south side of the Ipswich River. Currently the bridge across the river is closed for repairs so there is no through traffic on the road.
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Town: Topsfield Total Acres: 52 Year Conserved: 1968 & 1980 Difficulty: Easy
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Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.