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Ipswich River Navigation Project

Ipswich River

The Ipswich River in Ipswich is located about nine miles south of Newburyport and flows into Ipswich Bay. The three mile stretch of the river from Ipswich Bay to the town wharf is used by fishing boats and recreational craft.

The project consists of a 3,000-foot-long channel that cuts through sandbars in the river called "The Shoals" and "Labor in Vain" and extends to "Deep Hole" opposite the town wharves. Completed in 1894, the channel is four feet deep and 60 feet wide.