The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary off of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest estuary in the United States. The estuary has a large watershed that crosses the boundaries of six different states and the District of Columbia. Download basic and detailed 1-page maps of the Chesapeake Bay and the watershed that drains into it.

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body of water partially surrounded by land, usually with a wide mouth to a larger body of water.

Chesapeake Bay
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large, shallow estuary of the Susquehanna and other rivers that flow through the U.S. states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York and the capital of Washington, D.C., before emptying in the Atlantic Ocean.

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mouth of a river where the river's current meets the sea's tide.

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large stream of flowing fresh water.

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stream that feeds, or flows, into a larger stream.

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entire river system or an area drained by a river and its tributaries.