Gooses Reef - GR

GR
Off the Mouth of the Little Choptank River
38.5563, -76.4147
Data in red are more than 3 hours old.
GR buoy

A buoy was first deployed at Gooses Reef on July 27, 2010. This buoy has occasionally been pulled over the winter to keep it safe from potential ice damage, so overwinter data gaps exist. There are also other intermittent data gaps. The buoy is in the middle of the Bay in a fairly wide part of the estuary, west of the mouth of the Eastern Shore's Little Choptank River and east of Dares Beach, Maryland.

Captain John Smith and his crew passed by Gooses Reef several times on their two exploratory voyages in the Chesapeake Bay. At that time—400 years ago—the area likely featured a large oyster reef reaching nearly to the surface. Today, the buoy location is the site of an innovative restoration project, marked on NOAA charts as a fish haven. Rubble from what was the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was placed on the bottom here to create habitat, thanks to support from the Dominion Foundation and the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before you head out.

For more information on the history of Gooses Reef and areas surrounding the buoy, please visit:

For more in depth analysis please visit data tools.

Parameter Group Sort Value Unit Date Graphs
Air TemperatureMeteorological149.6F2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Barometric PressureMeteorological129.8inches2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Current DirectionCurrents4156Deg. Mag.2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Current SpeedCurrents40.197kts2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
LatitudePosition538.55693Degrees2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
LongitudePosition5-76.41472Degrees2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Mean Wave PeriodWaves32.7s2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Significant Wave HeightWaves31.26ft2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Water Freezing PointWater Quality230.9F2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Water SalinityWater Quality211.7PSU2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Water TemperatureWater Quality244.3F2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wave Direction (From)Waves3178Deg. Mag.2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wind ChillMeteorological142.5F2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wind DirectionMeteorological1230Deg. Mag.2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wind GustMeteorological126.0kts2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wind SpeedMeteorological120.3kts2024-02-28 19:30 EST1 7 30
GR buoy

A buoy was first deployed at Gooses Reef on July 27, 2010. This buoy has occasionally been pulled over the winter to keep it safe from potential ice damage, so overwinter data gaps exist. There are also other intermittent data gaps. The buoy is in the middle of the Bay in a fairly wide part of the estuary, west of the mouth of the Eastern Shore's Little Choptank River and east of Dares Beach, Maryland.

Captain John Smith and his crew passed by Gooses Reef several times on their two exploratory voyages in the Chesapeake Bay. At that time—400 years ago—the area likely featured a large oyster reef reaching nearly to the surface. Today, the buoy location is the site of an innovative restoration project, marked on NOAA charts as a fish haven. Rubble from what was the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was placed on the bottom here to create habitat, thanks to support from the Dominion Foundation and the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before you head out.

For more information on the history of Gooses Reef and areas surrounding the buoy, please visit:

For more in depth analysis please visit data tools.