Wild Rice on Watts Creek

Family reunion July 4 weekend. Kids and grandkids came from Chicago, Madison, Baltimore, and Delaware. The day after, one of our sons and two granddaughters wanted to row the dory skiff . We launched at the Martinak State Park ramp into Watts Creek, just off the Choptank, with four of us piled into the 12.5 foot skiff.

A couple bends upriver, and we got our rhythm. Watts Creek is secluded and quiet. Only a few boat docks and houses on the high bank. Long stretches of marsh on the opposite bank. We glided past broad stands of wild rice.

John Paige Williams wrote:

The upper tidal reaches of virtually all the Chesapeake’s big rivers give wild rice just what it needs–fertile freshwater marsh soil and plenty of current flow. In a powerful river with a big watershed like the … Choptank, freshwater flow from the land is strong enough to keep incoming salt water well downstream, resulting in a long stretch of water that is considered “tidal fresh.”Especially good areas for exploring wild rice marshes are the Choptank around Denton and Tuckahoe Creek, its big tributary

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These marshes along Watts Creek and nearby Tuckahoe Creek have not yet been overwhelmed by invasive phragmites (common reed). But they will be, eventually. Come see them while you can.

More pics and videos of wild rice on Watts Creek are here.


I also write about traditional Eastern Shore sailing workboats here.