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Duck Creek Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Duck Creek Watershed

                  Duck Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Duck Creek Marsh

Duck Creek Marsh in Kent County, Delaware

Duck Creek is located in northeastern Kent County in the middle of Delaware.  It covers 17,821 acres and encompasses parts of Woodland Beach Wildlife Area and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Watershed Area:  17,821 acres (7,212 hectares)

Location:  Northeastern Kent County in central Delaware between the Smyrna River on the north and Leipsic River on the south.

Flow Direction:  East towards the Delaware Bay.

Characteristics:  Agricultural and rural watershed with a lot of marshland.  Terrain is generally flat.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Most of the Duck Creek watershed is as marshland.  The #1 vegetation community/land cover is North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh, the #4 is North Atlantic High Salt Marsh and the #5 is Reed Tidal Marsh.  The water surrounding the marshland, Estuarine Coastal Polyhaline Water is in the #2 spot.  Agricultural field ranks as #3 in area.

Duck Creek Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh 7,544.00 3,053.00
Estuarine Coastal Polyhaline Water 3,047.00 1,233.00
Agricultural Field 2,883.00 1,167.00
North Atlantic High Salt Marsh 1,251.00 506.00
Reed Tidal Marsh 944.00 382.00

     *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 to request a shapefile.