About West River, MD

The West River is a beautiful 6-mile-long (9.7 km) tidal tributary of Chesapeake Bay in southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It is south of the Rhode River, which is one of its tributaries, and north of Herring Bay. The West River is a great place to enjoy nature and relax. There are many activities to enjoy including fishing, swimming, kayaking, and bird watching.

History of West River, MD

The West River is situated in the southeastern portion of the County. It includes the communities of Cumberstone, Owensville, Galesville, Beverly Beach, Sudely, West River, Chalk Point, Cedarlea, Avalon Shores, Shady Side, Idlewilde and Oakland.

The drainage area of the West River Watershed is approximately 7,809 acres. It is divided into 13 sub-watersheds. Major tributaries include South Creek, Lerch Creek, Tenthouse Creek, Popham Creek, Scaffold Creek, Cheston Creek, Smith Creek and Johns Creek. The Rhode River empties into the West River, which drains directly into the Chesapeake Bay.