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Choptank River Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Choptank River Watershed

                Choptank River Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of the Choptank River

Choptank River at Still Road in Kent County,                              Delaware

The Choptank River is one of the most rural watersheds in Delaware.  Like the Chester River to its north, ditching has taken place on its tributaries.

Watershed Area:  63,470 acres (25,685 hectares)

Location:  Western Kent County in central Delaware between the Chester River on the north and Houston Branch on the south.

Flow Direction:  West towards the Chesapeake Bay.  All waters in Delaware are non-tidal.

Characteristics:  Mostly agircultural and rural.  One town, Marydel, is located in this watershed.


Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural field ranks #1 and covers almost half of the Choptank River watershed.  However, there is still a lot of mapping to be done (unknown forested community) with a rank of #2. Chesapeake Bay Nonriverine Wet Hardwood Forest ranks third and cultivated lawn ranks #4 and Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest ranks #5.

Choptank River Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 29,376.00 11,888.00
Unknown Forested Community 6,838.00 2,767.00
Chesapeake Bay Nonriverine Wet Hardwood Forest 6,155.00 2,491.00
Cultivated Lawn 5,762.00 2,332.00
Red Maple-Gum Successional Swamp Forest 5,397.00 2,184.00

     *The table above is subject to change with more watershed mapping.

Managed Lands


Links of Interest


Vegetation Community/Land Cover Maps Available


One vegetation community/land cover map based on 2007 aerial imagery is available in .pdf format.  The map that is in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for informational purposes.  Email for shapefile requests.