Chickasawhay River

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Chickasawhay River
Map of the Pascagoula River and watershed
Basin features
Main source Confluence of Okatibbee Creek and Chunky River in Clarke County, Mississippi
244 ft (74 m)
32°10′58″N 88°49′19″W / 32.1827778°N 88.8219444°W / 32.1827778; -88.8219444 (Chickasawhay River origin)
River mouth Confluence with the Leaf River forming the Pascagoula River
43 ft (13 m)
30°58′57″N 88°43′49″W / 30.9825°N 88.7302778°W / 30.9825; -88.7302778 (Chickasawhay River mouth)Coordinates: 30°58′57″N 88°43′49″W / 30.9825°N 88.7302778°W / 30.9825; -88.7302778 (Chickasawhay River mouth)
Progression Chickasawhay River → Pascagoula River → Gulf of Mexico
Physical characteristics
Length 210 mi (340 km)
GNIS ID 692890
Okatibbee Dam and Lake on Okatibbee Creek, a tributary of the Chickasawhay River

The Chickasawhay River is a river, about 210 miles (340 km) long, in southeastern Mississippi in the United States. It is a principal tributary of the Pascagoula River, which flows to the Gulf of Mexico.[1] The Chickasawhay's tributaries also drain a portion of western Alabama. The name "Chickasawhay" comes from the Choctaw word chikashsha-ahi, literally "Chickasaw potato".[2]


The Chickasawhay is formed by the confluence of the Chunky River and Okatibbee Creek at Enterprise in northwestern Clarke County and flows generally southward through Clarke, Wayne and Greene Counties into northern George County, where it meets the Leaf River to form the Pascagoula River. The Chickasawhay flows past the towns of Stonewall, Quitman, Shubuta, Waynesboro, and Leakesville.

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  1. ^ "Chickasawhay River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  2. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 

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