Ouiski Chitto Creek

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Ouiska Chitto Creek[citation needed] is an 86.4-mile-long (139.0 km)[1] spring-fed creek located in Allen, Beauregard, and Vernon parishes, Louisiana, in the United States. It is a tributary to the Calcasieu River. It is located between Mittie and Reeves, Louisiana.

The creek is surrounded by a mixed pine-hardwood mid-growth forest and passes through low hills. Common wildlife around this creek are livestock, turkeys, deer, and raccoons. It contains largemouth bass, striped bass, spotted bass, and bream.

It passes through the Kisatchie National Forest and serves as a landmark and common vacation spot for many locals to the region. It belongs to the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District. It is a designated "scenic waterway" by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared this stream a navigable stream of the United States in 2008.

The name was given by a native American tribe and later adopted by settlers, an anglicization of "Ouiska Chitto" ("Big Cane Creek"). The Choctaw words were uski for cane and chito for large.

The United States Board on Geographic Names, the official arbiter of geographic names in the United States, decided in 1963 that the official name for the creek is spelled Whisky Chitto Creek.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed June 20, 2011
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whisky Chitto Creek