Facts About The River
The river originates in Severna Park and continues 6 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. If flows next to Gibson Island and is located between the Patapsco and Severn Rivers. The Magothy is considered a tidal-sub estuary of the bay. The Magothy provides a watershed area of 44 miles and 9 square miles of water surface.
The Magothy remained pretty much unchanged until the late 18th century. Farmers discovered that the flat ground held fertile soil for growing tobacco and wheat. Cleared farmland started to become a fixture along the Magothy.
Easy access to the ports at Baltimore and Annapolis made it a great and profitable location to farm from.
Over the course of time, as it seems happens everywhere. Farmland is sold and subdivided. Now the vast majority of Magothy River access is through private property. Waterfront homes on the Magothy are very popular.
The health of the tidal river is measured from seven main stations as well as fifteen shallow water stations. The samples are taken by volunteers in Mid April Through Mid October.
Water Clarity, Oxygenation and Coverage Of Aquatic Growth
The water is tested for the percentage of time dissolved oxygen is concentrated. It should be about 5 mg/L in the deepest sections of the river. All of these things factor into the river index. Which is basically the health report card for the Magothy River.
Dobbins Island is a popular spot for anchoring and enjoying the river and has been for years and years. More recently, you are no longer allowed to go on the island anymore. This doesn’t keep the tradition of anchoring near there from dying. There are still tons of boats there on the weekends.
Bird Watching On The Magothy
There are many birds that you are likely to spot in the Magothy.
- Great Blue Heron
- Green Backed Heron
- Ring-Billed Gull
- Laughing Gull
- Common Loon
- Bald Eagle
- Buffle Head
- Canada Geese
- Mute Swan
Stay Tuned For Part 2
I can’t tell you all there is to tell in one post. So stay tuned for more about “my river” the Magothy and Magothy River Livin’.