Artist Nancy Tankersley works on a plein air oil study of the landscape at King's Creek/Choptank Wetlands preserve.
Landscape Painting Artist Nancy Tankersley works on a plein air oil study of the landscape at King's Creek/Choptank Wetlands preserve. © Mark Godfrey / TNC

Places We Protect

Choptank Wetlands

Maryland

One of the Chesapeake Bay's most important natural areas.

COVID-19 Update (March 30, 2020)

TNC’s public preserves in Maryland remain open. We ask all visitors to follow current health and safety precautions, including guidance from the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order issued March 30, 2020, the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others (social distancing).

Parking may be limited at many of our preserves. If parking areas are full, please plan to return to the preserve another day.

If you choose to visit a TNC preserve, please follow preserve access guidelines, and check back here for updates as the current situation is changing rapidly.

Thank you for helping us in our efforts to protect our visitors’ health and well-being.


A survey of natural areas conducted by the Smithsonian Institution ranked this marsh system as one of the most important Chesapeake Bay natural areas. King’s Creek, an undisturbed, brackish marsh, is unusually rich in plant species and bird life and provides habitat for nesting waterfowl and spawning fish.

What to Do:

The preserve is open year round for canoeing and birdwatching. Access is permitted by small boats only; overland access is no longer available due to the closure of the boardwalk.  

What to See: Birding

  • Winter: northern harrier, wood duck, snipe
  • Spring: red-winged blackbirds, osprey, least bittern, red-tailed hawks 
An artist painting ouside
Choptank Wetlands
One of the Chesapeake Bay's most important natural areas.

Choptank Wetlands One of the Chesapeake Bay's most important natural areas.