Withlacoochee River (Suwannee River)

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This article is about the northern Withlacoochee River. For the southern river, see Withlacoochee River (Florida).

The Withlacoochee River originates in Georgia, northwest of Valdosta. It flows south through Berrien, Cook, and Brooks counties in Georgia and into Florida, forming the northeast boundary of Madison County, Florida and the western boundary of Hamilton County, Florida and eventually merges with the Suwannee at Suwannee River State Park west of Live Oak. The river is 115 miles (185 km) long.[1] It is believed to be the source for the name of the central Florida river of the same name.


"Withlacoochee" probably stems from a Muskhogean dialect, which suggests that its application is comparatively recent. It is compounded of Creek we (water), thlako (big), and chee (little), or little big water. This word combination signifies little river in the Creek language, and as we-lako or wethlako may also refer to a lake, it may signify a river of lakes, or lake river. The St. Johns River which flows through a series of large and small lakes was called welaka by the Seminoles.[2]

GA 122 crosses the Withlacoochee River


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 18, 2011
  2. ^ Simpson, J. Clarence (1956). Mark F. Boyd, ed. Florida Place-Names of Indian Derivation. Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Geological Survey. 

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Coordinates: 30°23′14.2″N 83°10′17.9″W / 30.387278°N 83.171639°W / 30.387278; -83.171639