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Slaughter Creek Watershed in Delaware

Picture of Slaughter Creek Watershed

             Slaughter Creek Watershed

Watershed Description

Picture of Slaughter Creek

 Slaughter Creek from Fowler’s Beach Road

Slaiughter Creek is a small creek that is located at the north end of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.  It is essentially makes up compartment one in the refuge and is tidal for most of its length.

Watershed Area:  10,496 acres (4,248 hectares)

Location:  Northeastern Sussex County in southeastern Delaware between the Mispillion River on the north and Cedar Creek on the south.

Flow Direction:  Generally northeast towards Delaware Bay.

Characteristics:  Agricultural and rural watershed with flat terrain and mostly marshy.

Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers


Like a lot of other watersheds in Delaware, Agricultural field is the top land cover.  North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh ranks #2 in this mostly marshy watershed.  Impoundment is the third ranked land cover.  Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest is the largest forest and ranks #4.  Cultivated lawn rounds out the list at #5.

Slaughter Creek Vegetation Communities/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Acres Hectares
Agricultural Field 4,687.00 1,897.00
North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh 2,658.00 1,076.00
Impoundment 338.00 137.00
Northeastern Coastal Plain Mixed Oak/Heath Forest 317.00 128.00
Cultivated Lawn 272.00 110.00

*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.