The lower section of Prime Hook Creek is a waterfowl impoundment that is part of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The upper sections of the creek are generally in agricultural use.
Watershed Area: 20,677 acres (8,368 hectares)
Location: Northeastern Sussex County in southeastern Delaware between Cedar Creek in the north and Broadkill River in the south.
Flow Direction: East towards Delaware Bay.
Characteristics: Wetland watershed in the east and agricultural-rural in the west.
Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers
Almost half of the Prime Hook Creek watershed is in agricultural use. Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest ranks as #2 and is the largest “natural community”. Cultivated lawn ranks as #3. Impoundment located in the eastern part of the watershed ranks as #4. Loblolly Pine Plantation finishes the list at #5.
|Prime Hook Creek Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)|
|Vegetation Community/Land Cover||Acres||Hectares|
|Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest||1,511.00||612.00|
|Loblolly Pine Plantation||1,242.00||503.00|
*The table above is subject to change with more watershed mapping.
- Pemberton Forest Preserve (TNC)
- Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
- Prime Hook Wildlife Area
- Redden State Forest
Links of Interest
- History of Prime Hook Creek wetlands
- Prime Hook Canoe Trail
- Wikipedia page (Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Maps Available
One vegetation community/land cover map based on 2007 aerial imagery is available in .pdf format. The map is in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for informational purposes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for shapefile requests.