• The working watermen community of Tangier Island VA at sunset. Photo by Starke Jett.

    Chesapeake Bay

Smith Trail Conservation Strategy

The conservation strategy for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail describes measures for conserving lands important to the visitor experience along the trail. The strategy provides the means for defining priority conservation areas and describes appropriate conservation methods. Read the strategy here.

Did You Know?

One of the many wading birds found in the Bay watershed

The water in the Chesapeake Bay is surprisingly shallow. Although the Bay covers a large surface area, its average depth, including all tidal tributaries, is about 21 feet. In fact, a person who is six feet tall could wade through over 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his or her hat wet.