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The Pascagoula River is a river, about 80 mi (130 km) long, in southeastern Mississippimarker in the United States. The river drains an area of about 8,800 sq mi (23,000 km²) and flows into Mississippi Soundmarker of the Gulf of Mexicomarker.

It is significant as the only unaffected (or nearly so) river flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from the United States and the only one the Cfa Köppen climate zone. As a result, the Pascagoula has in modern times been the focus of a great deal of effort regarding its conservation to prevent the constructions of dams on it.


The Pascagoula River is formed in northwestern George Countymarker by the confluence of the Leaf and Chickasawhay Rivers and flows generally southward through swampy bottomlands in George and Jacksonmarker Counties. In its lower course the river forms several channels and bayous; its largest such distributary is the West Pascagoula River, which flows into the Mississippi Sound at Gautiermarker. The main channel passes Escatawpamarker and Moss Pointmarker and flows into the sound at Pascagoulamarker.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the river has also been known as:
  • East Pascagoula River (below the branching off of the West Pascagoula River)
  • Fiume Pescagoula
  • Pasca Oocooloo River
  • Pascoboula River
  • Paska Okla River
  • Paspagola River
  • Pasquagola River
  • Rio de Pascagula
  • Riviere des Pascagoula
  • Riviere des Pascagoulas
  • Singing River (lower 8 miles of the river)

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