The Bilate is a river of south-central Ethiopia. It rises on the southwestern slopes of Mount Gurage near 6°2′N 38°7′E / 6.033°N 38.117°E / 6.033; 38.117, flowing south along the western side of the Great Rift Valley, to empty into Lake Abaya at 6°37′54″N 37°59′6″E / 6.63167°N 37.98500°E / 6.63167; 37.98500. It is the longest river flowing into Lake Abaya and also the one with the highest discharge. The river is not navigable and it has no notable tributaries. Along the middle of its course the Bilate flows past the Bilate River volcanic field.

Bilate River
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ elevation3,382 m (11,096 ft)
 ⁃ location
flows into Lake Abaya
 ⁃ coordinates
6°37′54″N 37°59′6″E / 6.63167°N 37.98500°E / 6.63167; 37.98500Coordinates: 6°37′54″N 37°59′6″E / 6.63167°N 37.98500°E / 6.63167; 37.98500
 ⁃ elevation
1,175 m (3,855 ft)
Length~250 km (160 mi)
Basin size5,754 km2 (2,222 sq mi)
 ⁃ average16.6 m3/s (590 cu ft/s)

David Buxton recorded its importance as defining the boundary between the Sidamo district on the eastern side, and the Wolaita district on the western; he also describes finding a weekly market beside a ford named Dinto.[1]

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  1. ^ David Buxton, Travels in Ethiopia, second edition (London: Benn, 1967), pp. 98f