Chelsea Creek
Federal Name: Chelsea River
View across toward Chelsea from East Boston.
CountryUnited States
CitiesChelsea, Revere, Boston
Physical characteristics
 • locationRevere, Massachusetts, United States
MouthMystic River
 • location
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 • coordinates
42°23′1″N 71°2′36″W / 42.38361°N 71.04333°W / 42.38361; -71.04333
 • elevation
0 ft (0 m)

Chelsea Creek, shown on federal maps as the Chelsea River,[1] is a 2.6-mile-long (4.2 km) waterway that runs along the shore of Chelsea, Massachusetts, and separates that community from the cities of Boston and Revere, as well as feeding part of the current Belle Isle Marsh Reservation that separates Boston from Revere. It is one of 10 designated port areas in Massachusetts.[2]

The creek starts as Mill Creek at a former pond at the intersection of Revere Beach Parkway (Massachusetts Route 16) and U.S. Route 1, now a shopping center. Mill Creek meanders east for 0.5 mile, then takes a sharp turn south, becoming Chelsea Creek, and widens significantly as it runs between Chelsea and the neighborhood of East Boston.[3] In that area, the waterway is used by oil tankers to transport fuel to adjacent oil tanks. The creek then turns southwest and runs into the Mystic River shortly before it empties into Boston Harbor.[4]

All of the jet fuel used at Logan International Airport is stored along the Chelsea Creek, with 70–80 percent of the heating fuel in New England, and road salt for approximately 350 communities across the region.[2][5]

In May 1775, the American colonists won the first offensive victory of the American Revolution over the British, in a naval battle known as the Battle of Chelsea Creek.[6]



  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chelsea River
  2. ^ a b Dooling, Shannon. "How One Massachusetts City Came to Bear Environmental Burdens for the Region". New England Public Media. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  3. ^ "Chelsea River - Google Maps". Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute topographic map
  5. ^ "The Chelsea Project". GreenRoots, Inc. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  6. ^ French, Allen (1911). The Siege of Boston. Macmillan. pp. 249–250. OCLC 3927532.