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Leipsic River Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Leipsic River Watershed

                  Leipsic River Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of the Leipsic River

Entrance to the Leipsic River from Delaware                                  Bay

A large part of the Leipsic River watershed is marshland that is part of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.  Located on a bend in the river is the town of Leipsic, which is a crabbing center in Delaware.

Watershed Area:  33,131 acres (13,408 hectares)

Location:  Northeastern Kent County in central Delaware between Duck Creek on the north and Simons River on the south.

Flow Direction:  East towards Delaware Bay.

Characteristics:  Agricultural and rural in the uplands with a lot of marshland.  Terrain is generally flat with some rolling hills in the western end.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Almost half of the Leipsic River watershed is utilized as agricultural field.  The #2 and #5 ranked land covers include cultivated lawn and impervious surface, respectively and represent the development associated with Cheswold and Leipsic, Delaware.  Ranked #3 is North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh.   Areas in need of mapping rank #4.

Leipsic River Bay Watershed Vegetation Communities/Land Cover (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 15,227.00 6,162.00
Cultivated Lawn 3,957.00 1,601.00
North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh 1,914.00 775.00
Unknown Forested Community 1,865.00 755.00
Impervious Surface 1,615.00 653.00

      *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.