Bilate River

Bilate River
Country Ethiopia
River mouth flows into Lake Abaya
6°37′54″N 37°59′6″E / 6.63167°N 37.98500°E / 6.63167; 37.98500Coordinates: 6°37′54″N 37°59′6″E / 6.63167°N 37.98500°E / 6.63167; 37.98500 (approx.)

The Bilate is a river of south-central Ethiopia. It rises on the southwestern slopes of Mount Gurage near 6°2′N 38°7′E / 6.033°N 38.117°E / 6.033; 38.117, flowing south along the western side of the Great Rift Valley, to empty into Lake Abaya at 6°37′54″N 37°59′6″E / 6.63167°N 37.98500°E / 6.63167; 37.98500. David Buxton recorded its importance as defining the boundary between the Sidamo district on the eastern side, and the Wolaita district on the western; he also describes finding a weekly market beside a ford named Dinto.[1]

This river is not navigable and it has no notable tributaries. Along the middle of its course the Bilate flows past the Bilate River volcanic field.

See also


  1. David Buxton, Travels in Ethiopia, second edition (London: Benn, 1967), pp. 98f
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