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Sassafras River Watershed in Delaware

Picture of the Sassafras River Watershed

            Sassafras River Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of the Sassafras River

     Sassafras River upstream of Coldwell                                 Corners Road

The Sassafras River is a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay whose headwaters reach east into Delaware.  It is a rural watershed.

Watershed Area:  5,042 acres (2,040 hectares)

Location:  Southwestern New Castle County in north-central Delaware between the Bohemia River on the north and the Chester River on the south.

Flow Direction:  West towards the Chesapeake Bay.

Characteristics:  Agricultural and rural watershed with flat terrain in the east and sloping hills towards the west.

Major Vegetation Community/Land Covers


Like a lot of other watersheds, agricultural field is the most common land cover.  Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest is the most common forest community and is ranked #2 followed by Red Maple-Sweetgum Swamp at #3.  Cultivated lawn ranks #4.  Northeastern Old Field finishes the list at #5.

Sassafras River Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 3,067.00 1,241.00
Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest 793.00 320.00
Red Maple-Sweetgum Swamp 462.00 187.00
Cultivated Lawn 296.00 120.00
Northeastern Old Field 143.00 58.00

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