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 / DC

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

Overview

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.

Before You Go

Download the Choptank Wetlands Visitors Guide (pdf)

View Preserve Guidelines

What to See: Birding
  • Winter: northern harrier, wood duck, snipe
  • Spring: red-winged blackbirds, osprey, least bittern, red-tailed hawks 
Choptank Wetlands
The Choptank Wetlands are of extraordinary ecological value for wintering and nesting waterfowl, spawning fish, sediment control, and nutrient production.

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