Connected By Water

Over 41 million acres are connected through the waters that flow to and through Chesapeake Bay. The National Park Service strives to connect people to the opportunities and adventures throughout the watershed. Inspiring stewardship across this vast region supports recreation, business, tourism, learning, and a thriving natural resource for all to enjoy.

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Visit Chesapeake Gateways

Discover where you can have an authentic Chesapeake experience.

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Chesapeake Gateways Grants & Assistance

The National Park Service supports efforts throughout the watershed. Learn how to we can help your organization accomplish your mission.

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Chesapeake Bay Restoration

With our partners, we’re working to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Chesapeake Conservation

Through a large landscape cooperative, we’re working to conserve 30% of the Chesapeake Bay watershed by 2030.

Last updated: January 23, 2024