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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Parrotts Creek is located along the Rappahannock River in Middlesex County, VA. The mouth of the creek is about 850 ft wide, but just inside the mouth of the creek, a spit extends from the upland narrowing the creek to about 300 ft before it widens again. Overall, this is a relatively short, undeveloped creek. Most of the development (wharfs, ramps, piers) occur near the mouth. Most of the more inland areas of the creek are surrounded by woodland. The federally-authorized channel was established in 1955 due to the presence of a public ramp and landing area, as well as oyster and seafood packing houses located on the creek. It is a 4,800 ft long, 60 ft wide channel with a 120 ft by 120 ft turning basin, and a controlling depth of -6 ft MLLW. (...)