CBP and Delmarva Peninsula Coastal Bay Segment Descriptions
Northern Chesapeake Bay (CB1TF): head of Bay segment, excluding
the Northeast River but including Swan and Pond creeks. CB1TF adjoins CB2OH
at a boundary that extends from Cherry Tree Point, south of Mosquito Creek
on the west, to Grove Point of Grove Neck on the east.
Northeast (NORTF), Elk (ELKOH), Bohemia (BOHOH), Chesapeake &
Delaware Canal (C&DOH), and Sassafras (SASOH) rivers: upper
eastern shore tributary segments adjoining main stem Bay segments at their
respective mouths. The Northeast River flows into CB1TF east of Furnace
Bay. The Bohemia River and the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal join the
Elk River which flows into CB1TF at Turkey Point. SASOH flows into CB2OH
further south at Grove Point.
Upper Chesapeake Bay (CB2OH) and Upper Central Chesapeake Bay (CB3MH):
upper main stem Bay segments, excluding main tributaries. CB2OH includes
Romney, Delph, Boone, Brown, Worton, Fairlee, and Still Pond creeks; Pooles
Island; and Hawks Cove by Hart Island. The boundary of CB2OH with CB3MH
extends from Ramona Beach on Patapsco River Neck, to Tolchester Beach.
CB3MH includes Tavern and Swan creeks and The Haven, all east of Swan Point,
and Huntingfield and Shallow creeks, and Eastern Neck Narrows. The boundary
of CB3MH with CB4MH extends from Moss Pond, south of the Magothy River
on the east, to Kent Island, at a point above the Memorial Bridge.
Bush (BSHOH), Gunpowder (GUNOH), Middle (MIDOH), Back (BACOH), Patapsco
(PATMH), and Magothy (MAGMH) rivers: upper western shore tributary
segments adjoining main stem Bay segments at their respective mouths. BSHOH
adjoins southwestern CB2OH west of Abbey Point. GUNOH includes Saltpeter
and Dundee creeks and adjoins northwestern CB2OH at Carroll Point. MIDOH
adjoins middle-western CB2OH at Weir Point. MIDOH includes Seneca Creek,
which is connected to Saltpeter Creek. BACOH adjoins CB3OH at a boundary
extending from Cedar Point on the north shore, to Swan Point on the south
shore, and does not include Hawk Cove, west of Hart Island. PATMH adjoins
CB3MH at the boundary extending from North Point on the north shore, to
a point approximately midway between Cedar and Bodkin points on Bodkin
Neck on the south shore, and includes Bodkin Creek. MAGMH adjoins CB3MH
at Gibson Island and includes Sillery Bay.
Lower, Middle, and Upper Chester River (CHSMH, CHSOH, CHSTF): eastern
shore tributary segments. The Chester River adjoins southeastern CB3MH
at a boundary extending across the mouth from Kent Island below Love Point,
to Wickes Beach on the western side of Eastern Neck Island.
Middle Central Chesapeake Bay (CB4MH): main stem Bay segment,
including Whitehall and Herring bays. CB4MH extends in the north from Whitehall
Bay, western shore, to Kent Island, eastern shore, and in the south from
Cove Point, western shore, to Cattail Island, eastern shore. CB4MH excludes
major tributaries and embayments, which adjoin it on the east and the west.
CB4MH includes the islands of Poplar Harbor at the mouth of Eastern Bay,
including Jefferson and Coaches islands.
Eastern Bay (EASMH): eastern shore embayment segment, including
the eastern side of Kent Island, Prospect Bay, and the Wye and Miles rivers.
The boundary with CB4MH extends from Kent Point to Tilghman Island. EASMH
does not include the islands of Poplar Harbor at its mouth.
The Mouth, Lower, Middle, and Upper Choptank River (CHOMH1, CHOMH2,
CHOOH, CHOTF); and the Little Choptank River (LCHMH): eastern shore
embayment segments and adjoining tributary segments; adjoins main stem
Bay segment CB4MH at a boundary extending south from Tilghman Island, to
Oyster Cove at the north end of Taylor Island. CHOMH1 includes Harris,
Broad, Irish, Trippe, and Islands creeks; the Tred Avon River; and Trippe
Bay. LCHMH includes Brannock Bay, Slaughter Creek, and the Little Choptank
River in the south. The CHOMH1 boundary with CHOMH2 extends across the
Choptank River from Castle Haven Point to Island Neck.
Severn (SEVMH), South (SOUMH), Rhode (RHDMH), and West (WSTMH) rivers:
upper western shore tributary segments adjoining main stem Bay segment
at their respective mouths. SEVMH includes Lake Ogleton and adjoins northwestern
CB4MH at a boundary extending from Greenbury Point on the north shore,
to Tolly Point on the south shore. SOUMH, RHDMH, and WSTMH adjoin northwestern
CB4MH at a boundary line extending from Marshy Point on the north shore
of the mouth of the South River, to Felicity Cove on the south shore of
the mouth of the West River.
Lower Central Chesapeake Bay (CB5MH): middle main stem Bay segment
extending in the north from Cove point, on the western shore, across the
Bay to Cattail Island, and south to Windmill Point on the western shore,
then northeast to a point about four km west of the southern end of Tangier
Island. In the east, CB5MH includes Tar Bay, Barren Island, and the western
side of the Hooper Islands. In the west, CB5MH includes St. Jerome Creek,
north of the mouth of the Potomac River, and the Wicomico and Great Wicomico
rivers, Dividing Creek, and Fleets Bay to the south. CB5MH adjoins CB4MH
in the north, CB6PH and CB7PH in the south, the Patuxent and Potomac rivers
on the west, and Tangier Sound on the east.
Honga (HNGMH); Fishing Bay (FSBMH); and Lower, Middle, and Upper
Nanticoke (NANMH, NANOH, NANTF); Wicomico (WICMH); Manokin (MANMH); Big
Annemessex (BIGMH); Lower, Middle, and Upper Pocomoke (POCMH, POCOH, POCTF)
rivers: eastern shore tributary segments adjoining Tangier Sound (TANMH)
at their respective mouths. The boundary of HNGMH with TANMH extends from
Nancys Point at the south end of Lower Hooper Island, to Bishop Head Point
on Hog Island. The boundary of FSBMH with TANMH extends from Bishop Head
Point to the east end of Clay Island. The boundary of NANMH with TANMH
extends from Sandy Island on the west shore, to Stump Point Marsh on the
east shore. WICMH includes Ellis and Monie bays, and its boundary with
TANMH extends from Stump Point Marsh to Long Point on the south shore.
WICMH includes Laws Thorofare, and Fishing, Broad, Geanquakin, and St.
Peters creeks on the north shore; and Back, Wolftrap, Broad, Teague, and
Mine creeks on the south shore; and its boundary with TANMH extends from
Claw Point on Little Deal Island in the north, to Hazard Point on Hazard
Island in the south. BIGMH includes Mine, Shirtpond, Flatland, Fords, and
Crane coves, and Moon Bay on the north shore, and Gales, Colbourn, Jones,
Dougherty, and Acre creeks, and Joes Cove on the south shore; and its boundary
with TANMH extends from Pat Island on the north shore, to Flatcap Point
on Janes Island on the south shore. POCMH includes Pocomoke Sound and Beasley
and Robin Hood bays. The boundary of POCMH with TANMH extends from Eastward
Point in the north to Custis Point between Doe and Deep creeks, east of
Big Marsh in the south. POCOH includes a small part of eastern Pocomoke
Sound, and its boundary with POCMH extends from Pig Point, at the eastern
end of Robin Hood Bay on the south shore, to a point directly north on
Marumsco Marsh, west of Fair Island on the north shore. POCTF begins above
Cypress Swamp near Unionville.
Tangier Sound (TANMH): generally, the area around Bloodsworth,
South Marsh, Smith, and Tangier islands, extending in the north from the
mouths of the Honga River and Fishing Bay, to south of Watts Island, north
of Big Marsh, and east of Great Fox Islands on the eastern shore. TANMH
includes the Little Annemessex River; the Great Fox Islands; western Pocomoke
Sound; Watts and Cedar islands.
Lower, Middle, and Upper Patuxent River (PAXMH, PAXOH, PAXTF); and
the Western Branch of the Patuxent River (WBRTF): western shore tributary
segments. PAXMH adjoins main stem Bay segment CB5MH at a boundary extending
from Fishing Point on the south shore, to Drum Point on the north shore.
Upstream, PAXMH adjoins PAXOH at a boundary extending approximately from
Chalk Point on the west shore, to Gods Grace Point on the east shore. PAXOH
adjoins PAXTF by Spice Creek. WBRTF adjoins PAXTF above Jug Bay on the
west shore by the mouth of the Western Branch of the Patuxent River.
Lower, Middle, and Upper Potomac River (POTMH, POTOH, POTTF);
Mattawoman (MATTF) and Piscataway (PISTF) creeks; and Anacostia River (ANATF):
middle western shore
tributary segments. POTMH includes the St. Marys and Wicomico rivers, and
Breton and St. Clements bays on the north shore, and on the south shore,
the Coan and Yeocomico rivers, the Lower Machodoc, Nomini, Popes, Mattox,
and Upper Machodoc creeks, and Currioman Bay. POTMH adjoins CB5MH at a
boundary extending from Point Lookout to Ginny Beach. POTOH includes the
Port Tobacco River and Nanjemoy Creek on the north shore, and Aquia, Potomac,
and Chopawamsic creeks on the south shore. POTOH adjoins POTMH at a boundary
extending from just above Popes Creek to Mathias Neck. The tidal fresh
zone, POTTF, includes Broad, Pomonkey, and Chicamuxen creeks and the Anacostia
River on the east shore, and on the west shore, Quantico, Powells, Neabsco,
and Dogue creeks; Occoquan and Belmont bays; Occoquan River; Gunston Cove;
and Accotink Bay. POTTF adjoins POTOH at a boundary extending from Quantico
on the west shore, to Moss Point on the east shore. MATTF and PISTF adjoin
POTTF on the eastern shore below Broad Creek.
Western Lower Chesapeake Bay (CB6PH): lower main stem Bay segment
whose eastern boundary bisects the lower Bay and adjoins CB7PH. The western
boundary extends in the north from Windmill Point, across the mouth of
the Piankatank River (PIAMH), across the mouths of Mobjack Bay and the
York, Poquoson, and Back rivers (MOBPH), to Northend Point at the south
shore of the mouth of the Back River. CB6PH is bounded to the north by
CB5MH and to the south by CB8PH and includes Winter and Horn Harbors
Eastern Lower Chesapeake Bay (CB7PH): lower main stem Bay segment
whose western boundary bisects the lower Bay and adjoins CB6PH. The eastern
boundary extends in the north from Deep Creek east of Big Marsh, south
to the middle of the mouth of the Bay. The northern boundary adjoins CB5MH
and TANMH. The southern boundary adjoins CB8PH and bisects the mouth of
the Chesapeake Bay. Along its eastern shore CB7PH includes several tributary
creeks, Cherrystone Inlet, Fishermans Island, and all of Big Marsh.
Lower, Middle, and Upper Rappahannock River (RPPMH, RPPOH, RPPTF);
and Corrotoman River (CRRMH): lower western shore tributary segments.
RPPMH adjoins CB6PH at a boundary across its mouth extending from Windmill
Point to Stingray Point. RPPOH adjoins RPPMH at a boundary extending from
Mulberry Point on the north shore, to Jenkins Landing. RPPOH adjoins RPPTF
at Peedee Creek and Hutchinson Swamp.
Piankatank River (PIAMH): lower western shore tributary segment.
Adjoins CB6PH at its mouth from Stingray Point in the north, to Cherry
Point on Gwynn Island in the south. PIAMH includes Queens, Stutts, Billups
and Whites creeks; Milford Haven; and The Hole in the Wall.
Mobjack Bay (MOBPH): western shore embayment segment. MOBPH adjoins
southeastern CB6PH at a boundary extending in the north from New Point
Comfort, to Northend Point in the south. MOBPH includes the East, North,
Ware, Severn, Poquoson, and Back rivers; the Guinea Marshes; Goodwin Islands;
and the mouth of the York River. MOBPH also includes Bay Tree Point, the
Poquoson Flats, and Plum Tree Island. MOBPH adjoins YRKPH on its western
Lower and Middle York River (YRKPH, YRKMH); Lower and Upper Mattaponi
River (MPNOH, MPNTF); Lower and Upper Pamunkey River (PMKOH, PMKTF): lower
western shore tributary segments. YRKPH adjoins MOBPH at a boundary extending
from approximately west of Hog Island, on the north shore, to west of Thorofare
by Goodwin Island, on the south shore. YRKMH adjoins YRKPH at a boundary
extending from Blundering Point, north of the mouth of Carter Creek on
the north shore, to a point on the south shore below Queens Creek. MPNOH
and PMKOH adjoin YRKMH at points just upstream of the mouths of the Mattaponi
and Pamunkey rivers. MPNTF and PMKTF adjoin MPNOH and PMKOH, respectively,
and include the headwaters of Mattaponi and Pamunkey rivers.
The Mouth of the James River (JMSPH); the Lower, Middle, and Upper
James River (JMSMH, JMSOH, JMSTF): lower western shore tributary segments
comprising the southernmost major river entering the Bay. JMSPH adjoins
the main stem Bay at its mouth, at a boundary extending from just north
of Old Point Comfort on the north shore, to the end of Willoughby Spit
on the south shore. JMSPH adjoins the mouth of the Elizabeth River. JMSPH
adjoins JMSMH at a boundary extending from Newport News Point on the north
shore, to the US Army Disposal Area on the south shore. JMSMH includes
the Warwick, Pagan, and Nanesmond rivers; Lawnes, Chuckatuck, and Skiffes
creeks; Mulberry Island (Fort Eustis); and the sewage waste and water treatment
plant east of Carters Grove. JMSMH adjoins JMSOH at a boundary extending
from Hog Island on the south shore, to Carters Grove on the north shore.
JMSOH includes Hog Island, Surry Nuclear Power Plant, Jamestown Island,
and the mouth of the Chickahominy River. JMSOH adjoins JMSTF at a boundary
extending from Sloop Point on the south shore to Tettington on the north
shore. JMSTF includes the rest of the James River to the headwaters, including
the mouth of the Appomattox River.
Lower and Middle Elizabeth River (ELIPH); Western Branch
(WBEMH), Southern Branch (SBEMH), and Eastern Branch (EBEMH) of the Elizabeth
River; Lafayette River (LAFMH); Chickahominy River (CHKOH); and Appomattox
River (APPTF): western shore tributary segments of the James River
watershed. APPTF adjoins JMSTF at City Point by Hopewell. CHKOH adjoins
JMSOH between During and Barrets points. ELIPH adjoins JMSPH between Sewells
Point Spit and Craney Island Flats. LAFMH adjoins ELIPH on its east shore
at Tanners Point. ELIMH adjoins ELIPH between Edgewater on the east and
the US Naval Supply Center on the west. WBEMH, SBEMH, and EBEMH adjoin
Mouth of the Chesapeake Bay (CB8PH): southernmost main stem Bay
segment including Little Creek. CB8PH adjoins the Atlantic Ocean at the
mouth of the Bay at a boundary extending from Cape Henry on the south shore,
to a point approximately midway across the mouth, at the boundary with
CB7PH. CB8PH adjoins CB6PH and CB7PH in the north, JMSPH in the west, and
LYNPH in the south.
Lynnhaven Bay (LYNPH): southernmost tributary segment adjoining
CB8PH at its mouth. LYNPH includes the Lynnhaven River and Broad and Linkhorn
Delmarva Peninsula Coastal Bays Zone
Assawoman Bay (AAWPH): northernmost coastal bay segment. AAWPH
includes all of Assawoman Bay and is separated from IOWPH to the south
by the Assawoman Bay Bridge.
Isle of Wight Bay (IOWPH): northern coastal bay segment. IOWPH
includes all of Isle of Wight Bay and is separated from AAWPH to the north
by the Assawoman Bay Bridge and from SPXPH to the south by the Ocean City
Sinepuxent Bay (SPXPH): middle coastal bay segment. SPXPH includes
all of Sinepuxent Bay and is separated from IOWPH to the north by the Ocean
City Inlet and from CHNPH to the south by a boundary running from a point
north of South Point on the west shore to a point south of Goose Point
on the east shore.
Chincoteague Bay (CHNPH): southern coastal bay segment. CHNPH
includes all of Chincoteague Bay, Chincoteague Channel, Chincoteague Inlet,
Assateague Bay, Assateague Channel, and Toms Cove. CHNPH is separated from
SPXPH to the north by a boundary running from a point north of South Point
on the west shore to a point south of Goose Point on the east shore. CHNPH
is bounded to the south by a boundary running from a point on Wallops Island
to a point on Assateague Island.
Southern Virginia Coastal Bays (SVCPH): southernmost coastal
bay segment. SVCPH includes all of the Virginia coastal bays on the seaside
of the Delmarva Peninsula that are south of Chincoteague Bay. SVCPH is
separated from CB7PH, which completely includes Fishermans Island, to the
west by a boundary running from Wise Point to a point in Smith Island Inlet
then across the Bay mouth to Cape Henry