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Red Lion Creek Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Red Lion Creek Watershed

                Red Lion Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Red Lion Creek

Red Lion Creek looking upstream from DE 9

Red Lion Creek is just north of Dragon Run and is the location of the largest and only oil refinery in Delaware.  The name comes from Red Lion Tavern, which used to be in the watershed.

Watershed Area:  7,577 acres (3,066 hectares)

Location:  Central New Castle County in northern Delaware between Army Creek on the north and Dragon Run on the south.

Flow Direction:  East towards the Delaware River.

Characteristics:  Urban/industrial watershed with rolling topography and steep slopes near the main creek.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Red Lion Creek is one of the most developed watersheds in Delaware with Cultivated lawn and impervious surface the #1 and #2 land covers.  Agricultural field ranks #3.  Northeastern Modified Successional Forest ranks as #4.  Eastern Reed Marsh finishes the list at #5.

Red Lion Creek Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Cultivated Lawn 2,322.00 940.00
Impervious Surface 1,332.00 539.00
Agricultural Field 988.00 400.00
Northeastern Modified Successional Forest 382.00 155.00
Eastern Reed Marsh 380.00 154.00

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

Managed Lands


  • Buena Vista
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 is in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for informational purposes.  Email for shapefile requests.