Tickfaw River

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Tickfaw River
Swamp in Tickfaw State Park Louisiana.jpg
Country United States
State Mississippi, Louisiana
County/Parish Amite County
Tangipahoa Parish
St. Helena Parish
Livingston Parish
Cities Easleyville, Louisiana
Holden, Louisiana,
Killian, Louisiana
Physical characteristics
SourceWest Branch Tickfaw River
  location Amite County, Mississippi
  coordinates 31°03′16″N90°37′38″W / 31.05444°N 90.62722°W / 31.05444; -90.62722
  elevation279 ft (85 m)
Mouth Lake Maurepas
Killian, Livingston Parish, Louisiana
30°20′36″N90°28′27″W / 30.34333°N 90.47417°W / 30.34333; -90.47417 Coordinates: 30°20′36″N90°28′27″W / 30.34333°N 90.47417°W / 30.34333; -90.47417
−3 ft (−0.91 m)
Length113 mi (182 km)
Basin features
  leftBlood River
Natalbany River
Pontchatoula River

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]


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 analysis 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]

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  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