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West Branch Gum Branch
Other name(s) Tributary to Gum Branch
Country United States
State Delaware
County Sussex
Physical characteristics
Main source Johnson Branch divide
about 1 mile southeast of Staytonville, Delaware
55 ft (17 m)
River mouth Gum Branch
about 2.5 miles east-northeast of Bridgeville, Delaware
24 ft (7.3 m)
Length 5.61 mi (9.03 km)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    7.07 cu ft/s (0.200 m3/s) at mouth with Gum Branch
Basin features
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River system Nanticoke River
Basin size 5.68 square miles (14.7 km2)
Tributaries
Bridges Century Farm Road, DE 16, Wolf Road, Hunters Cove Road, Tuckers Road

West Branch Gum Branch is a 5.61 mi (9.03 km) long 2nd tributary to Gum Branch in Sussex County, Delaware. This is the only stream of this name in the United States.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:

  • West Branch Ditch

Course

West Branch Gum Branch rises about 1 mile southeast of Staytonville, Delaware and then flows south-southwest to join Gum Branch about 2.5 miles east-northeast of Bridgeville.

Watershed

West Branch Gum Branch drains 5.68 square miles (14.7 km2) of area, receives about 45.4 in/year of precipitation, has a topographic wetness index of 709.85 and is about 15% forested.

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