Tensaw River

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Tensaw River
Tensaw at Blakeley.jpg
The Tensaw River in Blakeley, Alabama
CountryUnited States
CountyBaldwin County
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates31°04′05″N 87°57′47″W / 31.06795°N 87.96306°W / 31.06795; -87.96306
 • coordinates
30°41′07″N 88°00′25″W / 30.68519°N 88.00695°W / 30.68519; -88.00695Coordinates: 30°41′07″N 88°00′25″W / 30.68519°N 88.00695°W / 30.68519; -88.00695
Length41 miles (66 km)

The Tensaw River is a river in Baldwin County, Alabama.

The name Tensaw is derived from the historic indigenous Taensa people.[1]


It is a distributary of the Mobile River, approximately 41 miles (66 km) long. It is formed as a bayou of the Mobile approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) south of the formation of the Mobile by the confluence of the Tombigbee and Alabama rivers, at 31°04′05″N 87°57′47″W / 31.06795°N 87.96306°W / 31.06795; -87.96306.

The Tensaw flows alongside the Mobile and Middle rivers, with the Tensaw being the easternmost flowing river. There are numerous back channels extending off the main channel into Baldwin County. It enters Mobile Bay at 30°41′07″N 88°00′25″W / 30.68519°N 88.00695°W / 30.68519; -88.00695, near Blakeley and Pinto islands and approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 km) east of downtown Mobile.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Swanton, John Reed (1952). The Indian Tribes of North America. US Government Printing Office. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-8063-1730-4.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tensaw River