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Little Creek Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Little Creek Watershed

                  Little Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Little Creek

          Little Creek downstream of DE 9

The town of Little Creek is within this watershed and was once a center for oyster harvesting.  Port Mahon once was a harbor for large ships.  The watershed is agricultural and rural and situated northeast of Dover Air Force Base.

Watershed Area:  15,213 acres (6,156 hectares)

Location:  Central Kent County in central Delaware between the Simons River on the north and St. Jones River on the south.

Flow Direction:  East towards Delaware Bay, but mostly tidal.

Characteristics:  Agricultural and rural watershed with a flat terrain.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Agricultural field is the largest land cover, accounting for nearly a third of the watershed. Cultivated lawn and impervious surface take the #2 and #4 ranks.  North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh at the eastern end is ranked #3.  Northeastern Old Field rounds out the list at #5.

Little Creek Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 4,979.00 2,015.00
Cultivated Lawn 2,526.00 1,022.00
North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh 1,490.00 603.00
Impervious Surface 1,032.00 418.00
Northeastern Old Field 732.00 296.00

     *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 is available in .pdf format.  The map is in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for information purposes.  Email for shapefile requests.