Rhode River

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The Rhode River is a 3-mile-long (5 km)[1] tidal tributary of the West River in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It is south of the South River.

These are its named tidal creeks and coves starting at the upper end and going clockwise, with a lower-order tributary listed after the "&" symbol:[2][3]

  • Muddy Creek
  • Fox Creek
  • Sheephead Cove
  • Sellman Creek
  • Bear Neck Creek & Whitemarsh Creek
  • Cadle Creek
  • Boathouse Cove

YMCA Camp Letts sits on a peninsula at the northern end of the Rhode River, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center occupies most of the northwestern shore of the Rhode River.

Early settlement[edit]

Rhode River Hundred is listed in records of some of the earliest settlements in the Province of Maryland. In 1651, Robert Harwood surveyed Harwood Plantation on the Rhode River. A deed was written by Thomas Harwood of Streatley, Berks County (Berkshire), England to his son Richard Harwood for Hookers Purchase at the head of Muddy Creek.[4]

The steamboat Emma Giles served the Rhode River between 1891 and 1932, making five trips per week.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ Topo map of the river
  3. ^ West Rhode Riverkeeper 2007 water quality report, see map on last page
  4. ^ Warfield, Joshua Dorsey (July 1905). The Founders of Anne Arundel And Howard Counties, Maryland. Baltimore, Maryland: Kohn & Pollock. pp. pages 12, 96. ISBN 0-8063-7971-5. 
  5. ^ Widdifield, Ann (2013). Passing Through Shady Side. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHous. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-4772-8441-4. 

Coordinates: 38°52′33″N 76°31′14″W / 38.87583°N 76.52056°W / 38.87583; -76.52056