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

    Chesapeake Bay


The Map & Guide to the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network shows a map of site locations plus contact information for each partner site in the network. Sites includes parks, refuges, downtown communities, trails, lighthouses, historic ships, and more. Each partner site offers a unique Chesapeake experience. See the Gateways Network Map & Guide here.

The handy Pocket Guide to the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail will show you where to go and what to see along the trail. See it here.

The Boater's Guide to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail provides detailed information about boating on the Bay and shows maps of 10 different rivers. See it 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.