Ted Harvey State Wildlife Area

Site Description

  • State: Delaware
  • County: Kent
  • Ownership: State


  • Logan Lane Center: 38 acres
  • Logan Lane North: 234 acres
  • Logan Lane South: 395 acres

Ecology and Management

Ted Harvey State Wildlife Area is located along the Delaware Bay approximately 10 miles southeast of Dover, DE. This area contains three impoundments totaling over 650 acres. The impoundments serve as important habitat for a number of shorebirds including red knots, semipalmated sandpiper, sanderling, dunlin, and short-billed dowitcher among others. The site is managed by Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and water levels are managed to provide habitat for shorebirds.


Assessments have shown the impoundments at Ted Harvey SWA to be extremely vulnerable to sea-level rise and coastal storms. They are the focus of an ongoing effort to create two additional impoundments further upland in anticipation of rising sea-levels and the loss of management at the current impoundments. In the short term they are the focus of a larger Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) initiative to improve the resilience of all their coastal impoundments and will repairing the levee, retrofitting the emergency spill way and replacing two water control structures.

Human Value

Visitor numbers are not available for Ted Harvey SWA but the area is mostly used for hunting, fishing and birding.

Literature Resources

Below is a list of articles describing research occurring at or near the impoundments:
  • Breese, G., K. Kalasz, J. Lyons, C. Boal, J. Clark, M. DiBona, R. Hossler, B. Jones, B. Meadows, M. Stroeh, B. Wilson, and M. Runge. Structured decision making for coastal managed wetlands in Delaware. Shepherdstown, West Virginia: United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center; 2010.
  • Chan, S., and S. Shulte. A Plan for Monitoring Shorebirds During the Non-breeding Season in Bird Monitoring Region Delaware – BCR 30. Manomet, Massachusetts: Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences; 2003.
  • Hossler, R., K. Bennett, and A. Kane. Coastal Impoundment Decision Making. A presentation given at Connect, Collaborate, and Conserve in an Era of Changing Landscapes: An Interactive Training on State Wildlife Action Plans, June 4-6, 2013. Washington, D.C.: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.
  • Murray, M. 2014. Delaware gets millions to help beaches, wetlands. Delaware Online June 8, 2014:1.
  • Murray, M., and J. Montgomery. 2012. Marsh impoundments create questions on future responses by state officials. Delaware Online October 23, 2012:1.
  • Scarborough, R. W., and M. G. Mensinger. Hydrologic analysis of the Kitts Hummock Area. Dover, Delaware: Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve; 2009.
  • Stocks, K. I., and J. F. Grassle. 2003. Benthic macrofaunal communities in partially impounded salt marshes in Delaware: comparisons with natural marshes and responses to sediment exposure. Estuaries 26:777-789.
  • Zimmerman, K. Roost Site Selection by Red Knots (Calidris canutus rufa) in Delaware Bay. University of Michigan; 2010.