Have you ever wondered how many rivers there are in Maryland? That question, however, is one that has no absolute answer, because there is no quantitative definition of "river." In general, rivers are bigger than creeks, and creeks are bigger than brooks. But how big does a creek have to be before we call it a river? There is no widely or generally accepted answer to this question. In fact, some so-called "creeks" may be bigger than some named "rivers."
In an effort to provide an answer to the question of how many rivers there are in Maryland, it was arbitrarily decided to simply count those bodies of water having "river" as part of their names. The names listed below were taken from the Official State Highway Map of Maryland. Rivers with branches (e.g., North, Middle and South Branches of the Patapsco River) are included only once in this listing. The numbers 1-42 refer to the numbered locations (approximate) on the map below.
| Rivers in Maryland
(links lead to more information beyond MGS)
|7||Port Tobacco||18||Gunpowder||29||Miles||40||Big Annemessex|
|8||Wicomico||19||Bush (opens a PDF file)||30||Tred Avon||41||Pocomoke|
|9||St. Mary's||20||Susquehanna||31||Choptank||42||Saint Martin|
|10||Patuxent||21||North East||32||Little Choptank|
|11||West||22||Elk (opens a PDF file)||33||Blackwater|
Compiled by the Maryland Geological
Survey, 2300 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
This electronic version of "FactSheet No.3 " was prepared by R.D. Conkwright, Division of Coastal and Estuarine Geology, Maryland Geological Survey. Please send comments on this page to Dale Shelton (firstname.lastname@example.org)