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The Big Sandy River is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 29 mi (43 km) long, in western West Virginiamarker and northeastern Kentuckymarker in the United Statesmarker. The river forms part of the boundary between the two states along its entire course. Via the Ohio River, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.

It is formed between Louisa, Kentuckymarker and Fort Gay, West Virginiamarker by the confluence of the Tug Fork and Levisa Fork. It flows generally northwardly in a highly meandering course, between Lawrencemarker and Boydmarker Counties in Kentucky and Waynemarker County in West Virginia. It joins the Ohio between Catlettsburg, Kentuckymarker and Kenova, West Virginiamarker, 8 mi (13 km) west of Huntington, West Virginiamarker, at the common boundary between West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohiomarker.

The river is navigable and carries commercial shipping, primarily coal mined in the immediate region.

The name of the river comes from the presence of extensive sand bars. The Native American names for the river included Tatteroa, Chatteroi, and Chatterwha which had similar meaning to the English name. It was known to the Lenape as Sikeacepe, meaning "Salt River", from the presence of salt licks on the river (see: Licking River).

Two well-known fiddle tunes take their name from the Big Sandy River: "Sandy River Belle" and the "Big Sandy River".Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" also mentions the river.

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