Southern Branch Elizabeth River

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Coordinates: 36°48′34″N 76°17′24″W / 36.80944°N 76.29000°W / 36.80944; -76.29000

Southern Branch Elizabeth River
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
 • locationVirginia

The Southern Branch Elizabeth River is a 14.5-mile-long (23.3 km),[1] primarily tidal river in the U.S. state of Virginia. It flows from south to north through the city of Chesapeake and forms the boundary between the cities of Portsmouth and Chesapeake for its northernmost 3 miles (5 km). It is a tributary of the Elizabeth River, connecting to the harbor of Hampton Roads to the north. It is part of the Intracoastal Waterway of the Atlantic coast of the United States, connecting by it to the North Landing River, which flows into North Carolina.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Southern Branch Elizabeth River
  • USGS Hydrologic Unit Map - State of Virginia (1974)
  • Salmon, Emily J.; Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr., eds. (1994). The Hornbook of Virginia History (4th ed.). Richmond, VA: Virginia Office of Graphic Communications. ISBN 0-88490-177-7.