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Country United States
State Mississippi, Louisiana
County/Parish Pike County
Amite County
Lincoln County
Tangipahoa Parish
Cities Osyka, Mississippi
Kentwood, Louisiana
Amite, Louisiana,
Hammond, Louisiana
Robert, Louisiana
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Physical characteristics
Main source Little Tangipahoa River
Osyka, Pike County, Mississippi
269 ft (82 m)
River mouth Lake Pontchartrain
Southeast Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
−3 ft (−0.91 m)
Length 122 mi (196 km)

The Tangipahoa River ( tan-ji-pə-HOH) originates northwest of McComb in southwest Mississippi, and runs south 122 miles (196 km) through Lake Tangipahoa in Percy Quin State Park before passing into southeast Louisiana. There it flows entirely in the eponymous Tangipahoa Parish until its mouth opens into the northwest region of Lake Pontchartrain.

The Tangipahoa River was named after the Tangipahoa Indians.

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Tangipahoa River has also been known as:

  • Rio Tanchipaho
  • Taensapaoa River
  • Tanchipaho River
  • Tanchipao River
  • Tandgepao River
  • Tandgi-pao River
  • Tangipaho River
  • Tansypaho River
  • Tanzipao River
  • Taugipahoa River
  • Tuckepaw River
  • Big Tangipahoa River
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