St. Jones River facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSt. Jones River
The St. Jones River in Dover in 2006
Location of the mouth of the St. Jones River
|Other name(s)||Tributary to Delaware Bay|
|Main source||Silver Lake
13 ft (4.0 m)
|River mouth||Delaware Bay
0 ft (0 m)
|Length||13 mi (21 km)|
|River system||Delaware Bay|
|Basin size||36 sq mi (93 km2)|
|Bridges||E Division Street, E Lookerman Street, Martin Luther King, jr. Blvd., US 13, Puncheon Run Connector, E Lebanon Road, DE 1|
The St. Jones River is a river flowing to Delaware Bay in central Delaware in the United States. It is 12.8 miles (20.6 km) long and drains an area of 36 square miles (93 km2) on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The river is believed to have been named either for Robert Jones, an early European property owner in the region, or for "St. Jone", the Welsh spelling of St. John.
The St. Jones River flows for its entire length in east-central Kent County. According to the Geographic Names Information System, the river begins at the dam of Silver Lake in the city of Dover; Silver Lake is fed by Fork Branch, Penrose Branch, and Maidstone Branch. From Silver Lake, the St. Jones River flows generally southeastwardly, along the east side of downtown Dover and past Legislative Hall, the Capital Square/Legislative Mall, and the Dover Air Force Base to Bowers, where it flows into Delaware Bay, approximately 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of the mouth of the Murderkill River.
The lower course of the river southeast of Dover is surrounded by brackish marshes and salt marshes, open water habitats, and wetlands. A portion of the lower river, along with nearby Blackbird Creek, have received federal protection as the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve system.
- Jones Creek
- Joness Creek
- Saint Jones Creek
- Warge Kijhlen
- Wulfs Creek
St. Jones River Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.