, river, c.240 mi (390 km) long, rising in the Okefenokee Swamp, SE Ga., and winding generally S through N Fla. to the Gulf of Mexico; it is dredged to accommodate shallow-draft vessels for 135 mi (217 km) upstream. Its name was used in Stephen Foster
's famous song "Old Folks at Home" (or "Swanee River").
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