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Leaf River (Mississippi)

A boat ramp along the Leaf River in Hattiesburg. U.S. Highway 11 is at left.

The Leaf River is a river, about 180 mi (290 km) long, in southern Mississippi in the United States. It is a principal tributary of the Pascagoula River, which flows to the Gulf of Mexico.


  • Course 1
  • History 2
  • Alleged pollution 3
  • Variant names 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


The Leaf River rises in the Chickasawhay River to form the Pascagoula River.


The Leaf River served as a trade route in the area before roads and trails were widely developed. It is recorded that traders made regular trips to people living near the river bringing with them supplies from Pascagoula. Legend says that one of these traders buried his profits, several thousand dollars in Spanish coins, near the banks of the Leaf River. The coins were later found in about 1854.[1]

Alleged pollution

While the upper stretches of the river enjoy an excellent reputation, the lower river has been the subject of claims of pollution since the 1990s. At that time, thousands of area residents filed suit against the

  • Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry
  • DeLorme (1998). Mississippi Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-346-X.
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Leaf River, retrieved 4 February 2006
  • An Expanded Model: Flood-inundation Maps for the Leaf River at Hattiesburg. Mississippi, 2013 United States Geological Survey
  1. ^ Lowry, Robert; William H. McCardle (1891). A History of Mississippi:From the Discovery of the Great River by Hernando DeSoto to the Death of Jefferson Davis. University of Michigan: R.H. Henry & Co. 
  2. ^ Herndon, Ernest (2001). Canoeing Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi.  


See also

  • Estapacha River
  • Estopacha River
  • Fiume
  • Hashuphatchee River
  • Hastabucha River
  • Hastehatchee River
  • Leaf Creek
  • Pescaooula River (in part)
  • Slapacha River
  • Tallahoma River (in part)
  • Tally Hooma Creek (in part)

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

Variant names


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