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Shellpot Creek Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Shellpot Creek watershed

               Shellpot Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Shellpot Creek

           Shellpot Creek at Tarleton Park

Shellpot Creek is a small Piedmont stream in Northern New Castle County.  It is filled with residential development.

Watershed Area:  6,500 acres (2,603 hectares)

Location:  Northern New Castle County in northern Delaware between Brandywine Creek on the west and Stony Creek on the east.

Flow Direction:  South to the Delaware River.

Characteristics:  Urban creek that slopes south towards the Delaware River.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Cultivated lawn and impervious surface rank as the top 2 land covers in the watershed.  Northeastern Old Field ranks #3.  Northern Piedmont Mesic Oak-Beech Forest is the largest forest community and ranks #4.  Modified land finishes the list at #5.

Shellpot Creek Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Cultivated Lawn 2,932.00 1,187.00
Impervious Surface 2,243.00 908.00
Northeastern Old Field 413.00 167.00
Northern Piedmont Mesic Oak-Beech Forest 328.00 133.00
Modified Land 257.00 104.00

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

Managed Land


Links of Interest

2007 Shellpot Creek Vegetation Community/Land Cover Map

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.