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The Tickfaw River /ˈtɪkfɔː/ runs 113 miles (182 km)[1] from Amite County in southwest Mississippi to Livingston Parish in southeast Louisiana. Its mouth opens into Lake Maurepas, which conjoins with Lake Pontchartrain.[2]

Tickfaw River
Swamp in Tickfaw State Park Louisiana.jpg
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi, Louisiana
County/ParishAmite County
Tangipahoa Parish
St. Helena Parish
Livingston Parish
CitiesEasleyville, Louisiana
Holden, Louisiana,
Killian, Louisiana
Physical characteristics
SourceWest Branch Tickfaw River
 ⁃ locationAmite County, Mississippi
 ⁃ coordinates31°03′16″N 90°37′38″W / 31.05444°N 90.62722°W / 31.05444; -90.62722
 ⁃ elevation279 ft (85 m)
MouthLake Maurepas
 ⁃ location
Killian, Livingston Parish, Louisiana
 ⁃ coordinates
30°20′36″N 90°28′27″W / 30.34333°N 90.47417°W / 30.34333; -90.47417Coordinates: 30°20′36″N 90°28′27″W / 30.34333°N 90.47417°W / 30.34333; -90.47417
 ⁃ elevation
−3 ft (−0.91 m)
Length113 mi (182 km)
Basin features
 ⁃ leftBlood River
Natalbany River
Pontchatoula River

The name Tickfaw (Tiak foha) is thought to be derived from the Choctaw phrase meaning "pine rest" or "Rest Among the Pines".[3] [4] More recent anaylsis however has determined the name to be derived from shortening and alteration of Pawticfaw meaning "place where wild animals have shed their hair".[5] Alternate/historical names and spellings:[6]

  • Rio De San Vicente
  • Rio De Tickfaw
  • Rio Go Tickfoha
  • Riviere Ticfoha
  • Ticfaw River
  • Tickfah River
  • Tickfaw Creek

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed June 20, 2011
  2. ^ The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000.
  3. ^ Sandy Nestor (24 May 2012). Indian Placenames in America. McFarland. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-7864-9339-5.
  4. ^ William A. Read (30 October 1984). Indian Place Names in Alabama. University of Alabama Press. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-8173-0231-3.
  5. ^ Baca, Keith A. (2007). Native American Place Names in Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-60473-483-6.
  6. ^ USGS Geographic Names Information System - Tickfaw River

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