Amite River
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 /ˈ.mɛt/ (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.