Places We Protect

Choptank Wetlands

Maryland

Close cropped view of a person holding a brush to a small canvas painting a wetland scene.
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

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

Overview

Description

COVID-19 Update (August 1, 2021)

TNC’s public preserves in Maryland remain open. We ask all visitors to observe our preserve access guidelines and follow current health and safety precautions, including guidance from the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 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.

Access

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Dogs are not allowed at this preserve.

Hours

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.  

Size

656 acres

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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 
Close cropped view of a person holding a brush to a small canvas painting a wetland scene.
Choptank Wetlands
One of the Chesapeake Bay's most important natural areas.

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