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MARYLAND AT A GLANCE

WATERWAYS

CREEKS


[photo, Great Blue Heron, College Creek, Annapolis, Maryland] For any state, bays and rivers obviously are significant. In Maryland, however, creeks too become especially important for some are the size of rivers. More notably, these tributaries contribute to the geographic and geologic consistency of the Chesapeake Bay, and are equally effected in return.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), College Creek, Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), Maryland, July 2010. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


[photo, Little Hunting Creek, Thurmont, Maryland] By definition, a creek is a natural stream of water, normally smaller than, and often tributary to a river. Often, creek waters flow directly into Chesapeake Bay, or merge with other Bay tributaries, such as the Patapsco, the Patuxent, and the Potomac rivers.

Little Hunting Creek, Thurmont (Frederick County), Maryland, January 2006. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Maryland possesses one of the most notable creeks in the nation - Antietam Creek. There, during the Civil War, on September 17, 1862, after twelve hours of fighting along its banks, approximately 23,000 soldiers were dead, wounded, or missing - the single bloodiest day of battle in American history.
[photo, Waterfall on Long Green Creek, Glen Arm, Baltimore County, Maryland] Today, Maryland's creeks predominately are used for recreation, though some have been transformed into nature reserves. Recreational creeks may be found within national, State, and local parks. Chicamuxen Creek in Queen Anne's County, and Tuckahoe Creek in Talbot County, for example, both are located in State parks, while Antietam Creek passes through Antietam National Battlefield Park.

Waterfall on Long Green Creek, Glen Arm (Baltimore County), Maryland, April 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


MARYLAND CREEKS
(by county)


ALLEGANY COUNTY
[photo, Sailboats at piers, Back Creek, Annapolis, Maryland] ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY Sailboats, Back Creek, Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), Maryland, October 2008. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


[photo, Crew team on College Creek, Annapolis, Maryland]
  • College Creek
  • Cornfield Creek
  • Cox Creek
  • Crab Creek
  • Cross Creek
  • Curtis Creek (from tract "Curtis Neck" patented 1663)
  • Cypress Creek
  • Crew team on College Creek, Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), Maryland, April 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

    [photo, Fords Creek (Upper West River), Anne Arundel County, Maryland] Fords Creek (Upper West River), Anne Arundel County, Maryland, May 2015. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    [photo, Spa Creek, Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), Maryland]
  • Sawmill Creek
  • Scaffold Creek
  • Sellman Creek
  • Shorts Creek
  • South Creek
  • Spa Creek (formerly Todds Creek)
  • Spa Creek, Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), Maryland, May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

    [photo, Early morning at Stoney Creek, Pasadena, Maryland] Early morning at Stoney Creek, Pasadena (Anne Arundel County), Maryland, June 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

    [photo, Weems Creek, Annapolis, Maryland] Weems Creek, Annapolis (Anne Arundel County), Maryland, May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

    [photo, Jones Falls, Baltimore, Maryland] BALTIMORE CITY Jones Falls, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

    [photo, Long Green Creek, Glen Arm, Baltimore County, Maryland] BALTIMORE COUNTY

    Long Green Creek, Glen Arm (Baltimore County), Maryland, April 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.



    CALVERT COUNTY

    [photo, Sailboats docked on St. Leonard Creek (Calvert County), Maryland]

  • Back Creek
  • Battle Creek (Cypress Swamp) (named by Robert Brooke for his wife, Mary Baker, whose family came from Battle, England, which was named for Battle Abbey, founded to remember Battle of Hastings)
  • Ben Creek
  • Buzzard Island Creek
  • Chew Creek
  • Cocktown Creek
  • Fishing Creek
  • Sailboats docked on St. Leonard Creek (Calvert County), Maryland, May 2002. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

    CAROLINE COUNTY CARROLL COUNTY CECIL COUNTY CHARLES COUNTY DORCHESTER COUNTY FREDERICK COUNTY
    [photo, Muddy Creek Falls at Swallow Falls State Park, north of Oakland, Maryland] GARRETT COUNTY
  • Bear Creek
  • Beaver Creek
  • Cherry Creek
  • Church Creek
  • Crabtree Creek
  • Deep Creek (formerly Green Glades Creek)
  • Fork Creek
  • Georges Creek (formerly Lonaconin Creek)
  • Herrington Creek
  • Middle Fork Creek
  • Muddy Creek
  • Muddy Creek Falls at Swallow Falls State Park, north of Oakland (Garrett County), Maryland, October 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

    HARFORD COUNTY HOWARD COUNTY KENT COUNTY MONTGOMERY COUNTY PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY

    ST. MARY'S COUNTY

    SOMERSET COUNTY TALBOT COUNTY
    [photo, Antietam Creek, Antietam National Battlefield (Washington County), Maryland]
    WASHINGTON COUNTY Antietam Creek, Antietam National Battlefield (Washington County), Maryland, October 2012. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

    WICOMICO COUNTY WORCESTER COUNTY

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