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

    Chesapeake Bay

Support Your Park

The Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Park Service administers three national initiatives to connect people with the special places and stories of the Chesapeake Bay. Through the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, the National Park Service works through a variety of partnerships to preserve these special places and stories and to foster stewardship of the Chesapeake. The National Park Service is also a federal partner in the watershed-wide Chesapeake Bay Program.

Learn how you can help these partnership efforts to make the authentic Chesapeake connections that inspire appreciation and stewardship of this national treasure.

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.