Chopper 16 Flies Over Maryland Waterways
Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Chopper 16 took a trip over the Chesapeake Bay and stumbled across this structure. If you live in Maryland, you may already be familiar with this.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, also known as the Bay Bridge, spans the Chesapeake Bay, connecting the state’s rural Eastern Shore with the urban Western Shore and serving as part of U.S. Routes 50 and 301.
The bridge originated in 1952 with a length of 4.3 miles and known as the world’s longest continuous over-water steel structure. The parallel span was later added in 1973.
The bridge is named the “Gov. William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge” after William Preston Lane, Jr. who, as Governor of Maryland, initiated its construction in the late 1940s after decades of political indecision.
Wye River & Wye Island
The photo above was taken from Chopper 16 over the 16.3 mile long tributary of the Chesapeake Bay known as the Wye River. The river is on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and falls within Queen Anne’s County and Talbot County, and joins the Miles River near its mouth to the Eastern Bay.
It was named by the Lloyd family, Edward Lloyd (delegate), and Edward Lloyd (Governor of Maryland), after the River Wye in Wales.
The river is popular for boaters, crabbers and fishers and is largely tidal.
Wye Island is 2,800 acres, including Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area, managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources State Forest and Park Service.
Lower Chester River Sanctuary
A major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay on the Delmarva Peninsula, the Chester River, is about 43 miles long. The watershed covers 368 square miles, including 295 square miles of land, making the total watershed area 20% water.
The main tributaries of Chester River are Langford Creek and Morgan Creek on the north side and the Corsica River and Southeast Creek on the south side. There are also several small creeks on the northern shore, including Church Creek, Grays Inn Creek, Shippen Creek, Jarrett Creek, Browns Creek, Broad Creek, Dam Creek, Morgan Creek, Radcliffe Creek, and Mills Branch. On the southern shore the small creeks include Queenstown Creek, Tilghman Creek, Reed Creek, Grove Creek, Hambleton Creek, Rosin Creek, Foreman Branch and Unicorn Branch.