Chopawamsic Creek

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For other places called Chopawamsic, see Chopawamsic (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 38°30′25″N 77°19′10″W / 38.50694°N 77.31944°W / 38.50694; -77.31944

Chopawamsic Creek
Chopawamsic Creek.jpg
Country United States
Location Prince William and Stafford counties, Virginia
Basin features
River mouth Potomac River
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Physical characteristics
Length 6.8 miles (10.9 km)

Chopawamsic Creek is a 6.8-mile-long (10.9 km)[1] tributary of the Potomac River in Prince William and Stafford counties, Virginia. Chopawamsic Creek is formed by the confluence of the North and South Branches of Chopawamsic Creek and empties into the Potomac River south of Quantico at the Marine Corps Base Quantico's Air Station. Breckenridge Reservoir lies at the stream's confluence with the North and South Branches. Along with its North Branch, Chopawamsic Creek forms part of the boundary between Prince William and Stafford counties. The North Branch flows through part of the Chopawamsic Backcountry Area in Prince William Forest Park.[2]

Variant names[edit]

The Board on Geographic Names decided upon Chopawamsic Creek as the stream's official name in 1891. Previously, it had been known by the following names according to the Geographic Names Information System:

  • Chapanamsick Creek
  • Chapawansick Creek
  • Chapowamsic Creek
  • Chipawanic Swamp
  • Chipawansic Creek
  • Chippowamsick Creek
  • Chopawansick Creek
  • Chopowamsic Creek


Tributary streams are listed from source to mouth.

  • North Branch Chopawamsic Creek
    • Middle Branch Chopawamsic Creek
  • South Branch Chopawamsic Creek

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed August 15, 2011
  2. ^ "Prince William Forest Park". National Park Service. Retrieved September 28, 2012.