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Amite River
Amite River watershed
Country United States
State Mississippi, Louisiana
Counties Lincoln, Amite
Parishes East Feliciana, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston
City Denham Springs
Physical characteristics
Main source West Fork Amite River
Amite County, Mississippi
2nd source East Fork Amite River
Lincoln County, Mississippi
River mouth Lake Maurepas
Livingston Parish, Louisiana
Length 117 mi (188 km)
Basin features

The Amite River (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. 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".


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