The Canoochee River (pronounced kuh-NOO-chee) is a 108-mile-long (174 km) river in southeastern Georgia in the United States. It is a tributary of the Ogeechee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. In 1738 the Trustees of the colony mentioned the proposed house and ferry boat over the 'Cooanoochi River'.
The Canoochee River is formed about 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Swainsboro in southwestern Emanuel County by the confluence of Canoochee Creek and Little Canoochee Creek, and flows generally southeastwardly through or along the boundaries of Candler, Evans, Bryan, and Liberty counties, through Fort Stewart. It joins the Ogeechee River from the west in Bryan County, 15 miles (24 km) south-southwest of Savannah.
"Canoochee" may be a name derived from the Muscogee language, meaning "little ground". The United States Board on Geographic Names settled on "Canoochee River" as the stream's preferred spelling in 1910. According to the Geographic Names Information System, variant names have included:
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed April 26, 2011
- 'Index: C,' in Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 43, 1737, ed. K G Davies (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1963), 339-345, Retrieved July 4, 2015, British History website
- "Feature Detail Report for: Canoochee River". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 34. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canoochee River
- Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry
- DeLorme (2003). Georgia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-253-6.