Amite River
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Amite River
Amite River
An excursion steamer on the Amite River in Louisiana (circa 1895).jpg
Amite River watershed
EtymologyFrench amitié ("friendship"), or Choctaw himmita ("young")[1]
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi, Louisiana
CountiesLincoln, Amite
ParishesEast Feliciana, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston
CityDenham Springs
Physical characteristics
SourceWest Fork Amite River
 • locationAmite County, Mississippi
 • coordinates31°19?19?N 90°43?40?W / 31.32194°N 90.72778°W / 31.32194; -90.72778
2nd sourceEast Fork Amite River
 • locationLincoln County, Mississippi
 • coordinates31°26?05?N 90°37?12?W / 31.43472°N 90.62000°W / 31.43472; -90.62000
Source confluence 
 • locationSt. Helena Parish and East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
 • coordinates30°59?38?N 90°50?06?W / 30.99389°N 90.83500°W / 30.99389; -90.83500
MouthLake Maurepas
 • location
Livingston Parish, Louisiana
 • coordinates
30°17?53?N 90°33?37?W / 30.29806°N 90.56028°W / 30.29806; -90.56028Coordinates: 30°17?53?N 90°33?37?W / 30.29806°N 90.56028°W / 30.29806; -90.56028
Length117 mi (188 km)
Basin features
 • rightComite River, Bayou Manchac

The Amite River (French: Rivière Amite) is a tributary of Lake Maurepas in Mississippi and Louisiana in the United States. It is about 117 miles (188 km) long.[2] It starts as two forks in southwestern Mississippi and flows south through Louisiana, passing Greater Baton Rouge, to Lake Maurepas. The lower 37 miles (59.5 km) of the river is navigable. A portion of the river is diverted via the Petite Amite River and Amite Diversion Canal to the Blind River, which also flows to Lake Maurepas.


Amite could be a name derived from the Choctaw language meaning "young", although folk etymology holds it to be a corruption of the French amitié meaning "friendship".[3]


See also


  1. ^ Baca, Keith A. (26 April 2019). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781604734836 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed June 20, 2011
  3. ^ Baca, Keith A. (2007). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-60473-483-6.

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