Recreation and Ecotourism Resource Library
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
Angler's Aquatic Plant ID
Want to be a better angler? Learn smart, season-based strategies for fishing the “weeds.”
Clean Boating Resources
It’s not so hard to follow clean boating practices—and doing so can make a big difference in keeping reservoir waters clean. All it takes is a little knowledge, and a willingness to make a few changes to your routines. TVA offers tips for clean boating.
TN Valley Water Trails
TN State Parks has created an online water trail map with TDEC, TVA, and National Park Service that includes region's blueways on a national river recreation database. UT Chattanooga is designing the site. Flat water and white water are included.
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Camping on Corps Properties
This site offers campsite reservation information for corps lands in the Cumberland River Basin and elsewhere in the region, including fees, open and close dates, contact info and more.
Clean Marinas Program
The Cumberland River Basin Clean Marina Program is a voluntary program implemented by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its watershed partners to promote environmentally responsible marina and boating practices.
Corps Dams in the Cumberland River Basin
Information on each of the Corps Cumberland River Basin Dams: Barkley, Cheatham, J. Percy Priest, Old Hickory,Cordell Hull, Center Hill, Dale Hollow, Wolf Creek, Laurel River, and Martin's Fork.
This site offers fishing information for Army Corps reservoirs in the Cumberland River Basin and elsewhere in the region. The site includes tips, expected catches by month, and fishing phone hotlines.
Flood Risk Management Program
The purpose of the Corps of Engineers' flood risk management program is to help prevent or reduce flood risk by using either structural or non-structural means or a combination of the two. Non-structural measures reduce flood damages without significantly altering the nature or extent of the flooding by changing the use of floodplains or by accommodating existing uses to the flood hazard. Non-structural measures include modifying homes, businesses, and other facilities to reduce flood damages by elevating the structure or removing them from the floodplain. Remaining land can be used for ecosystem restoration, outdoor recreation, or natural open space. Flood warning systems are also considered non-structural measures. This program is within the broader Investigation Program, and initial Investigation Program steps must be completed before it can be initiated.
Navigation Locks in the Cumberland
Information on the Cumberland River's four navigation locks at Barkley, Cheatham, Old Hickory, and Cordell Hull dams.
Information for all Corps lakes within the basin. Each lake page includes: basic facts and information about the lake, the various recreation opportunities, maps, helpful links, daily fishing reports, points of interest around the lake, and important news and announcements.
The Corps of Engineers offers many volunteer opportunities to care for recreation facilities and natural resources, including water related opportunities such as 'Water Safety Program Presenter' and 'Fish and Wildlife Habitat Work opportunities.'
Water Safety Resources
The information on this page and its links will offer essential information that will help you, your family, and friends have a safe, enjoyable recreational experience at Army Corps projects.
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
National Listing of Fish Advisories Technical Maps
National Listing of Fish Advisories Technical Maps are a suite of interactive mapping and search tools for viewing fish advisories and fish tissue sampling data.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program
Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program is authorized to state governments by EPA to perform many permitting, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the program. Program areas include Animal Feeding Operations, Industrial Wastewater, Municipal Wastewater, National Pretreatment, Pesticide Application,Stormwater, and Vessel Discharges.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Boating Access Program
The Boating Access (BA) Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for projects that provide access to America's waterways by developing new access facilities or renovation and/or improvement of existing facilities. The Boating Access Program is part of the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
The Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG) provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas to construct, renovate, and maintain tie-up facilities with features for transient boaters in vessels 26 feet or more in length, and to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program.
Clean Vessel Act Grant Program
The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters and also for educational programs that inform boaters of the importance of proper disposal of their sewage.
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
Cross Creeks is a US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge located four miles east of Dover, in Stewart County, Tennessee and approximately seventy-five miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. Its primary purpose is to provide feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds with an emphasis placed on providing habitat for wintering waterfowl. This webpage contains information for planning a visit, as well as information about the wildlife found at the refuge.
Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
Dale Hollow NFH was established to mitigate for fishery resources which were lost due to the construction of federal water development projects in the Southeast. This is accomplished by stocking rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout in waters impacted by federal dams. Stocking trout in public waters supports a significant recreational fishery which generates a substantial amount of economic activity for local and regional economies. This facility is also involved in the conservation of imperiled, freshwater, non-game fishes, and mussels.
Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
Information and resources for hunting at National Wildlife Refuges, such as Cross Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Site includes a national tool for specific refuge information, information on hunting specific species, licensing and regulatory information, and more.
Hunter Education Program
The Hunter Education Program provides grant funds to the states and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for projects to provide instruction in firearm operations and safety, wildlife management, nature conservation, ethics, game laws, outdoor survival and wilderness first aid. Funds may also be used for the development and operations of archery and shooting range facilities.
Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MCGP)
The MSCGP provides funding for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects identified as priority projects by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. These high priority projects address problems affecting states on a regional or national basis. Project types that are generally selected for funding are: biological research/training, species population status, outreach, data collection regarding hunter/angler participation, hunter/aquatic education, economic value of fishing/hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.
National Conservation Training Center
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a variety of conservation related courses. Some are in person / on-campus courses while others are offered online. Topics include climate change, ecology and field biology, environmental education, watercraft safety, outreach and partnerships and more.
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is a partnership effort with the States and national conservation organizations, and has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States. It is a useful tool that quantifies the economic impact of wildlife-based recreation. Federal, State, and private organizations use this detailed information to manage wildlife, market products, and look for trends. The 2011 Survey is the twelfth in a series of surveys conducted about every 5 years since 1955.
North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants
NAWCA grants increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching. Wetlands protected by NAWCA provide valuable benefits such as flood control, reducing coastal erosion, improving water and air quality, and recharging ground water.
Strategic Plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program: FY2016-2020
This plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program is built around seven core goals: • Conserve Aquatic Species; • Conserve, Restore, and Enhance Aquatic Habitats; • Manage Aquatic Invasive Species; • Fulfill Tribal Trust and Subsistence Responsibilities; • Enhance Recreational Fishing and Other Public Uses of Aquatic Resources; • Increase Staffing Levels, Technical Capabilities, and Natural and Physical Assets to Fully Meet Our Mission; and • Educate and Engage the Public and our Partners to Advance our Conservation Mission.
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR)
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service WSFR works with states to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. The Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program provides oversight and/or administrative support for grant programs such as the Wildlife Restoration Grant Program, Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program, Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, State Wildlife Grant Program, Multistate Grant Program, and Landowner Incentive Grant Program amongst others.
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Environmental Education Center
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is one of the most recently constructed hatcheries in the federal hatchery system. This station currently produces approximately 1,000,000 rainbow, brown, and brook trout weighing 275,000 pounds annually. In cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, fish are stocked into 120 different public fishing waters in the state. Click here for more information on the education center including hours of operation or here to learn about volunteer opportunities.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE
2016 Recreation Schedule and Fees - Daniel Boone National Forest
Fees are charged for use of some areas such as boat ramps and campgrounds. However, most of the recreation opportunities on the Daniel Boone National Forest are free of charge for your use and enjoyment.
Daniel Boone National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Daniel Boone National Forest — a National Forest that embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land.
Forest Service Visitor Map 2.0
The Forest Service's Visitor Map 2.0, provides the public with an interactive online view of the Nation's Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers. The map can be used on personal computers, smart phones or tablet devices through any modern web browser.
Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse
The USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse is an online collection of digital data related to forest resources. Through the Clearinghouse you can find datasets related to forests and grasslands, including boundaries and ownership, natural resources, roads and trails, as well as datasets related to State and private forested areas, including insect and disease threat and surface water importance. You can also find downloadable map products, raster data, and links to other sources of forest resource information.
Freshwater Snorkeling - Step by Step Guide
A step by step guide for establishing a freshwater snorkeling program. The guide covers funding, marketing, administration, event day information and more.
Jefferson National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Jefferson National Forest. A small portion of the Jefferson National Forest is within the Cumberland River Basin.
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Website
A website with a variety of information about Land Between the Lakes. Key pages include those for camping, boating and ramps, fishing, hunting, swimming, trails, and more.
Laurel River Lake Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Information regarding Laurel River Lake campgrounds, boat ramps, marinas, fees, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and more.
Maps - Land Between the Lakes
A variety of maps in pdf format showing campgrounds, trails, recreational amenities and more. A recreation map of the recreation areas northern region is here and a recreation map of it's southern region is here.
Natural Happenings at Land Between the Lakes
A calendar of natural events at the recreation area including water related happenings such as chorus frog singing, sandhill crane and pelican migrations, catfish fry leaving their nests and more.
Recreation Map - Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. This interactive recreation map can help you find places to fish, paddle, swim, camp, and more.
Stearns Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the Stearns Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Waterfalls of the Daniel Boone National Forest
This webpage has directions to some of Daniel Boone National Forests most scenic waterfalls. All of the waterfalls in the London and Stearns Ranger Districts are within the Cumberland River Basin.
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Gauges - Kentucky
USGS gauges for monitoring current conditions of surface water, precipitation, groundwater, and water quality, as well as lake and reservoir elevations in Kentucky.
Historical gauge data for streamflow, groundwater, and water quality, as well as annual reports.
Historical gauge data for streamflow, groundwater, and water quality, as well as annual reports.
Stream Flow Gage Locations Map - Kentucky
PDF map with stream flow gage locations in Kentucky.
Game Fish of the Big South Fork Area
Provides information on fishing regulations for Big South Fork. Also includes information on the most popular game fish including favored locations and pictures.
Guide to Paddling in the Big South Fork
Provides information on river safety, recommended river levels and ratings for various sections of the river and directions to river access points.
Outfitters and Guide Services - Big South Fork
A list of outfitters and guides that operate within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
Recreation.gov is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal participating partners. This site provides interactive maps to help you reserve campsites, obtain hiking information, go paddling or motor-boating, find a cabin, go fishing, and more.
TN Valley Water Trails
TN State Parks has created an online water trail map with TDEC, TVA, and National Park Service that includes region's blueways on a national river recreation database. UT Chattanooga is designing the site. Flat water and white water are included.
Whitewater Paddling Resources - Big South Fork
This website contains a variety of information on paddling the Big South Fork. Includes information regarding river safety, river levels, river gauges, run descriptions, and access points.
Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Website
The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Big South Fork is the basin's only listed National Wild and Scenic River.
State Resources - KENTUCKY
KY DEPARTMENT OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Sustainable Sporting Events
The Department of Compliance Assistance is developing training and materials that will help various sporting venues assess their operations, make goals for improvement and make changes that will make them sustainable both environmentally and monetarily. This webpage has additional information about this program a resources for sporting venues, including horse racing.
KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
Asian Carp Information
KDFWR has been working with private fish processors, commercial fishermen, state and federal legislators, foreign businesses, and many local, state and federal agencies to foster interest in the removal of Asian carp. This webpage contains information and resources related to Asian carp identification and distribution and even includes resources for preparing and cooking Asian carp. The site also includes 2014 and 2015 annual reports to Congress on the threat and management of Asian carp.
Blue Green Algae and Harmful Algal Blooms
Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria found in lakes in Kentucky and throughout the United States. They occur naturally, but if their numbers get too high they can pose health risks to humans and animals. Both the Kentucky Division of Water and the U.S. Army Corps have initiated increased testing of lakes in Kentucky to document these blooms and provide updated information to the public. This webpage offers additional resources and information.
Blue Water Trail Guides
This Blue Water Trail webpage details paddling trips on streams and rivers across Kentucky. The overarching goal of the series is providing thorough information for paddlers to enjoy floating Kentucky streams without worry. Cumberland Basin Blue Water Trail guides include the Big South Fork, Buck Creek, Cumberland River Below the Falls, Cumberland River Tailwater, Little South Fork of the Cumberland River, North Fork Cumberland River, andRockcastle River.
A webpage with information about and resources for commercial fishing in the state of Kentucky.
Conservation Education Program
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has nineteen full time Conservation Educators (CE’s) that present wildlife conservation programs in Kentucky schools and recruit for our summer conservation camps. CE’s are professionals in their field and are also trained in the instruction of outdoor skills such as fishing, hunter education, archery, and Project WILD. All public, private, and home schools are all eligible to receive our in-school programs free of charge. Programs are designed for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Past program topics include: Endangered Species, Wildlife Habitat, Kentucky Fish, Amphibians, and more.
Fish Consumption Advisories
Advisories in the Cumberland River Basin and across the state of Kentucky.
Fishing and Boat Access Web Tool
A search too for finding fishing and boating access sites in Kentucky.
Fishing and Boating Guide 2016-2017
A guide with information on fishing and boating regulations, obtaining licenses and permits, consumption advisories, identification guides, aquatic nuisance species, trouts stream, boat accident reporting and more.
Fishing Forecast and Tips
The 2017 Fishing Forecast for Kentucky’s major fisheries is based on 2016 fish population surveys, creel surveys, fish stockings, and historical knowledge of the fisheries. This handout is designed to assist anglers in planning their fishing trips and improving their fishing success.
Fishing in Neighborhoods Program
The Fishing in Neighborhoods program was started in 2006 to provide anglers with quality fishing opportunities close to home. The program currently includes 40 lakes statewide and 1 in the Cumberland River Basin at Kingdom Come State Park (Click here for an interactive map). Lakes are regularly stocked with catfish and rainbow trout throughout the year.
Hatchery Creek is located below Lake Cumberland immediately behind the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Hatchery Creek is a completely man-made stream that originates from the cold water outflow of the hatchery and built using funds solely from the Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Fund. Additional information about this project is available at this website.
How to Fish
Resources for learning to fish.
Hunting Education Course
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Hunter Education regulation requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1975 and age 12 or older to have a hunter education course completion card in their possession while hunting, as well as the appropriate Kentucky hunting license.
Hunting and Trapping Guide 2016-2017
A guide with information on when and where to hunt, obtaining licenses and permits, recording, checking, tagging and transporting hunted animals, youth hunting and more.
Kentucky Afield Magazine is published four times a year. It gives insider tips about the best hunting and fishing in the state. The annual calendar features outstanding photography, proposed season dates, nature notes and tips to help enjoy Kentucky's great outdoors. Kentucky Afield Television is the longest continuously-running outdoors television show in the nation. This webpage allows visitors to watch full episodes online. Kentucky Afield Radio is hosted by KY Fish & Wildlife and broadcasting veteran Charlie Baglan, and the program provides insightful information from experts in the field and department professionals.
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. Water related KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources datasets you can search for and find include: hunting and fishing access points and maps; blue water trails; boundaries of hunting areas including KY Wildlife Management Areas; conservation areas for bivalves; wetland birds, amphibians, and fish; and species richness bivalves and fish.
Lake Barkley Fish Attractors
KDFWR regularly creates and maintains fish attractors and habitat structures in lakes across Kentucky, including Lake Barkley in the Cumberland River Basin. These interactive maps show you where the department is doing so.
My Profile - Access to your KY Fish and Wildlife Records
This tool allows fishing and hunting license holders to find all of their information, including Telecheck, Quota Hunt, License and Permit history information, as well as replace a fishing or hunting license.
Online License and Permit Agent
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Online License and Permit Agent site allows visitors to purchase Hunting Licenses, Fishing Licenses, and other permits, for yourself or as a gift for others.
Seasonal Catch and Release Trout Streams
The streams on this webpage are stocked in early October (plus early April in Swift Camp Creek) and have a catch and release season (no harvest) from October 1 through March 31, except in Swift Camp Creek where the catch and release season is October 1 through May 31. Only artificial baits may be used during the catch and release season. Statewide regulations apply April through September.
Smallmouth Streams of Kentucky
A list of streams where you can find smallmouth bass in Kentucky.
Species and Size Limits
Species and size limits for various sport fish in Kentucky.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have developed techniques to assess the overall status of the major sport fisheries in lakes around the state. These assessments are used not only to give biologists an idea of the overall well being of the fishery in each water body, but they can also be used by anglers in planning their next fishing trip. For example, anglers can use the assessments to determine which lakes could result in good numbers of quality-size bass or where they might have the best chance of catching their next trophy.
Statewide Annual Fish Sampling Reports
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources collects a variety of information on fish abundance, sizes and growth rates. They also gather information on fishing effort and catch rates of recreational anglers from creel surveys as well as angler attitudes and concerns from questionnaires. The yearly results from these studies are contained in our Annual Lakes and Tailwaters reports. These are primarily scientific documents, but there is a wealth of information available in them concerning the fisheries of Kentucky.
Strategic Plan: FY 2013-2017
Information regarding the Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.
Resources and information on tournament fishing in the state of Kentucky, including schedules, guidelines, and registration requirements.
Trophy Bass Propagation Program
The goal of the Trophy Bass Propagation Program is to collect trophy-size bass (females over 8 lbs. and males over 6 lbs.) to be used as broodstock at our state hatcheries. By pairing male and female largemouth bass which have already shown the ability to grow to larger-than-average size, we hope to produce offspring with the same genetic growth potential. Stocking these offspring across the state could provide anglers a better chance at catching a memorable-size fish or even a new state record.
Trout Stocking Schedule
Trout stocking schedule for the state of Kentucky.
Trout Streams Program Classification Document
Information regarding KY's trout streams program and trout streams classification.
Trout Waters Webpage
Trout Waters information regarding regulations, stocking, streams, tailwaters, lakes, and other areas.
Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
The information listed here is for ducks, coots, merganser, Canada goose, white-fronted goose, brant, snow goose, Ross' goose, snow goose conservation order, falconry and sandhill crane.
Waterfowl Reports and Studies
Waterfowl surveys, ground counts, and hunting activity.
Weekly Fishing Report
A weekly fishing report of what and where people are catching fish in Kentucky from Kentucky Afield.
Wildlife Management Area & Public Lands Search
Looking for a place to hunt, fish, or hike? This interactive map will help you find out where you can do this in KY. Select a county or click on the icons below to narrow down your results.
Wildlife Management Areas Website
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife owns, leases or manages more than 80 wildlife management areas (WMAs) for public use. This webpage contains area general information, guidelines, quick reference regulations charts, permitting information, and more.
KY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Kentenia State Forest Website
Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corp. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,081 acres. The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited. Click following link for a map of Kentenia State Forest
Kentucky Ridge State Forest Website
Kentucky Ridge State Forest consists of 15,251 acres. The forest is open to public hunting and fishing, subject to state fish and game regulations, and is available for primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs are prohibited. Click the following link for a map of Kentucky Ridge State Forest.
Marrowbone State Forest Website
Marrowbone State Forest and Wildlife Management Area is a 1,983-acre tract of land located on Highway 90 in Metcalfe and Cumberland counties. Marrowbone State Forest is open to the public for day use only unless hunting regulations specify extended hours. Allowable activities include regulated hunting, hiking and wildlife viewing. Off-road vehicles, including ATVs and horseback riding is prohibited.
KY DIVISION OF WATER
Kentucky's Water Health Guide
Kentucky's Water Health Guide is a summary of the current and historic conditions, activities, trends and impacts on the health of the rivers and streams that flow through the Commonwealth. This report describes the natural conditions of the streams and lakes in Kentucky, such as the types of rocks and soils, the land features, the types of vegetation, the quality of the water and how it moves. It also describes the human activities and influences, such as: building and maintenance of homes, businesses, and industries; raising of crops and livestock; treatment of human waste; recreational activities; timber cutting; mining; construction and maintenance of water lines, sewer lines, roads, pipelines, and other types of infrastructure that support human populations.
Special Use Waters
KY Division of Waters Special Waters Database includes tool for searching for waters designated as Cold Water Aquatic Habitats, Outstanding National Resource Waters, Exceptional Waters, Reference Reach Streams, Outstanding State Resource Waters, State Wild Rivers, Federally Designated Wild Rivers, and Federally Designated Scenic Rivers.
Story Map Viewer
This gallery includes Kentucky Division of Water Story Map and Map Tour applications created with Esri's arcgis.com templates. The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection Information Section collaborated with the Division of Water to prepare the content for each application. Cumberland Basin relevant story maps include an interactive Kentucky Wild Rivers map and a Kentucky Wetlands map.
Water Health Portal
The water healthy portal includes information regarding the health status of Kentucky surface waters and allows users to connect to studies and reports on various streams and identify Kentucky's 'Outstanding State Resource Waters.'
Wild Rivers Program
Kentucky is preserving the unique scenic, fish and wildlife, botanical, geological, cultural and recreational values of its most pristine rivers through the Wild Rivers Program. Portions of nine rivers of exceptional quality and aesthetic character have been designated as Kentucky Wild Rivers. Six of these rivers are in the Cumberland River Basin. Each Wild River is actually a linear corridor encompassing all visible land on each side of the river up to a distance of 2,000 feet. View a Story Map of Kentucky's Wild Rivers here.
KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. KY Geological Survey / water related datasets you can search for and find include: oil and gas well locations; Class I and Class II disposal and injection wells; groundwater quality; water well and spring locations and data; and karst potential.
KY STATE NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
State Nature Preserves
There are 14 State Nature Preserves (SNP) in the KY portion of the Cumberland River Basin. Natural Areas are protected not only to preserve KY's natural heritage, but also in recognition of the dependence of KY's well-being on healthy ecosystems. Click here for a map of preserves across Kentucky. State Natural Areas in the basin are: Bissell Bluff SNP, John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest SNP, Frances Johnson Palk SNP, Archer-Benge SNP, Pine Mountain SNP, Cumberland Falls SNP, Martins Fork SNP, Blanton Forest SNP, Stone Mountain SNP, James E. Bickford SNP, E. Lucy Braun SNP, Hi Lewis Pine Barrens SNP, Kingdom Come SNP, and Bad Branch SNP.
KY STATE PARKS
Cumberland Falls State Park Website
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known as the "Niagara of the South," the waterfall forms a 125-foot-wide curtain that plunges 7 stories into a boulder-strewn gorge. The mist of the falls creates the magic of the moonbow, only visible on a clear night during a full moon.This phenomenon appears nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere.
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park Website
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park offers a vast, unspoiled wilderness to refresh and rejuvenate the senses. It's no surprise the bald eagle chooses this area for its wintering grounds. From a dip in the pool to our 18 holes on the Dale Hollow Lake golf course, for vacation fun, they've got you covered.
Dr. Thomas Walker State Park Website
Although Daniel Boone is often remembered as Kentucky's most famous pioneer, Dr. Thomas Walker was actually the first frontiersman in Kentucky. A physician & surveyor, Walker led the first expedition through Cumberland Gap in 1750. Near the river, which he named Cumberland, Dr. Walker built the first cabin in Kentucky, a replica of which stands on the site today.
Find a Park Tool
A web tool for finding a state parks by region, lodging options, features and activities.
Fishing in KY State Parks
A list of parks across Kentucky with options for anglers. Parks in the Cumberland River Basin include Cumberland Falls State Park, Dale Hollow, General Burnside, Kingdom Come, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, and Mineral Mound.
General Burnside State Park Website
The damming of the Cumberland River in the 1950s, producing Lake Cumberland, also covered the lower peninsula of Burnside, creating the island that is now General Burnside Island State Park. It has the distinction of being the only island park in the Kentucky State Park system. The park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside.
Hiking at KY State Parks
A list of parks across Kentucky with options for hikers. Parks in the Cumberland River Basin include Cumberland Falls, Dale Hollow, Kingdom Come, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Pine Mountain State Park, and Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail.
Kingdom Come State Park Website
Kingdom Come State Park, with an elevation of 2,700 feet, is the crowning jewel in the crest of Pine Mountain near Cumberland, Kentucky. Admire the beautiful views from one of eight overlooks, hike a trail or fish for bass, crappie and trout in the lake.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park Website
Lake Barkley State Resort Park rests on the shores of one of the world's largest man-made lakes, over 57,500 acres, and provides an array of outdoor and indoor activities. From a cool dip in the swimming pool to a hot sauna, from reeling in the big fish to hitting the little white ball, however you define vacation fun, it's here at Lake Barkley.
Lake Cumberland State Park Website
With 1,200 miles of shoreline, an enchanting waterfall, and secret coves, you could spend a day or weeks exploring the wonders of Lake Cumberland. Lake Cumberland is a paradise for the water sports enthusiast and offers a full-service marina.
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park Website
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park in London, KY combines the beauty of a rolling, wooded hills park with a historic site that honors the pioneers who braved the perils of the wilderness to settle Kentucky. The Mountain Life Museum, a park attraction that brings visitors into a pioneer settlement, is open Friday and Saturday.
Motor Boating at KY State Parks
A list of parks across Kentucky with options for motor boaters. Parks in the Cumberland River Basin include Dale Hollow, General Burnside, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, and Mineral Mound.
Mineral Mound State Park Website
This peaceful setting, just south of Eddyville, Kentucky, on the shores of Lake Barkley is historically linked to the author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The featured property was once the farm of Willis B. Machen, grandfather of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. It’s not hard to imagine the serene, Gatsby-style era from this park, with idyllic days of playing golf and cruising the lake.
Paddling in KY State Parks
A list of parks across Kentucky with options for paddlers. Parks in the Cumberland River Basin include Kingdom Come State Park.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park Website
Pine Mountain State Resort Park is a destination for all seasons. It's located in the heart of the Kentucky Ridge State Forest in the southeastern mountains and features beautiful mountain scenery. From a cool dip in the pool to a hike to see Chained Rock,however you define vacation fun,Pine Mountain State Resort Park has you covered.
Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail
The Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail is a linear state park still under development. Once completed, the long distance trail designed for primitive camping, backpacking and hiking, will span approximately 120 miles from Breaks Interstate Park to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and pass through many natural areas such as Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, Kingdom Come State Park and Blanton Forest along the Pine Mountain range.
Reserve a Campground Tool
A web tool for reserving a campground in state parks across Kentucky, including Cumberland Falls, Dale Hollow Lake, General Burnside, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, and Levi Jackson within the Cumberland River Basin.
Reserve a Lodge or Cottage Tool
A web tool for reserving a lodge or cottage in state parks across Kentucky, including Cumberland Falls, Dale Hollow Lake, Lake Barkley,Lake Cumberland, and Pine Mountain within the Cumberland River Basin.
STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE
TN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
This document provides an overview of the process of developing a hard surfaced trail and has photos and illustrations showing a number of greenway trails that have been developed across the state of Tennessee. Additionally, there is budget information and a sample easement used in the acquiring of easements for public access to construct and build the trails.
Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants
The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.
Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants
The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. Recreation Educational Services administers the LPRF grants. These grants are a 50% match.
Pathways to Trail Building
The intent of this 4th edition of a Tennessee Recreation Trails Manual is to help understand the dynamics of designing and building non-motorized trails. Trail builders will learn the joy of discovering new places and the feelings of accomplishment from walking back over a newly constructed section of trail. This manual is just one of many resources that government agencies and non-government organizations have developed to promote the art and science of trail building. An index of resources can be found at the back of this document.
Recreation Educational Services Grants
Recreation Educational Services is responsible for administering federal and state grant programs to local and state governments.
Recreation Services Study
A survey was conducted of Parks and Recreation Departments across the State of Tennessee. The results include the services, salaries and inventories of local Parks and Recreation Departments to assist in future planning.
Recreation Trails Program (RTP)
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal funded, state administered grant program. The RTP provides grant funding for land acquisition for trails, trail maintenance, trail construction, trail rehabilitation and for trail head support facilities. These funds are distributed in the form of an 80% grant with a 20% match. Local, state and federal land managing agencies are eligible to apply as well as state chartered, non-profit organizations with IRS 501 (c) (3) status that have a written agreement for trail management with an agency. All grant projects MUST be on publicly owned land.
Tennessee Greenways and Trails Plan (2008)
This Greenways and Trails Plan references numerous locations and organizations that have developed Greenways and Trails in innovative and creative ways. It focuses on the benefits of greenways and trails from economic, personal health, alternative transportation, recreation and environmental protection perspectives. The Plan also has two Appendices which provide additional information on Greenways and Trails. Appendix A is an overview of all types of trails both motorized and non-motorized. Appendix B is a four page list of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as numerous non-profit organizations that can assist with numerous trail related issues.
Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program
The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program apportions grant money to cities and counties who lack professional parks and recreational director and do not provide a comprehensive recreation delivery system in their community. These grants are a three-year commitment, $50,000 grant matched by the communities.
Trails/Tracks Resource Guide
Trails/Tracks Resource Guide which is a booklet that was developed by a statewide task group of private and public staff that have assisted communities with these type projects across the state of Tennessee. This guide provides online resources and case studies of actual projects that have been built and shows the funding sources used to build them.
TN DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
Information about Tennessee's many blueways from the TN Department of Tourism Development. Blueways within the Cumberland River Basin include Standing Stone State Park, Bledsoe Creek State Park, and the Caney Fork River.
Experience Upper Cumberland
Resources, recommended destinations and travel tips for exploring the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.
Lakes and Rivers
Information about Tennessee's lakes and rivers from the TN Department of Tourism Development. Highlighted locations within the Cumberland River Basin include Bledsoe Creek State Park, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Burgess Falls State Park, Caney Fork River, Cordell Hull Lake, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge, Cumberland River Walk, Cummins Falls State Park, Dale Hollow Lake, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Harpeth River State Park, Indian Mountain State Park, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Longhunter State Park, Montgomery Bell State Park, Obey River Park Recreation Area, Pickett State Park, Radnor Lake State Park, Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, and Twin Arches State Natural Area.
TN Waterfalls and Grottos
Information about waterfalls and grottos across Tennessee. Highlighted locations within the Cumberland River Basin include Burgess Falls State Park, Colditz Cave State Natural Area, Cummins Falls State Park, Edgar Evins State Park, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Highland Rim, Nashville Trace, Pickett State Park, Rock Island State Park, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, South Cumberland State Park, and Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness.
TN Water Sports Webpage
These TN Department of Tourism Development webpages have a variety of resources on water sports in TN. Visitors can visit pages devoted to Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting, Boating and Nature Cruises, and Marinas.
Resources and tips for visitors to TN who want to travel sustainably. Site includes ecofriendly accomodation, food and drink, and entertainment options.
TN DIVISION OF NATURAL AREAS
List and Map of Natural Areas
The Division of Natural Areas manages 85 Natural Areas across the State. This webpage has a map showing the location of each Natural Area. Click here for pdf of map.
Map of Scenic Rivers
A map of TN State Scenic Rivers in the Cumberland River Basin and across the state.
Scenic Rivers Program
The Tennessee Scenic Rivers Program is intended to preserve and protect the free flowing, unpolluted and outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, botanical, fish, wildlife, historic or cultural values of selected rivers or river segments in the state. Fifteen rivers or segments of rivers are included in the state scenic rivers program including sections of the Collins, Harpeth, Blackburn Fork and Roaring Rivers, as well as Spring Creek. Website includes information about the program including information about various scenic river classifications and getting rivers designated.
TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Bacteriological and Fishing Advisories in Tennessee
List of streams and reservoirs where fish consumption or human contact advisories have been issued.
Mercury Air Deposition and Selenium Levels in Tennessee Fish and Surface Water
This document reports the results from a study that was designed to test whether predicted mercury air deposition levels using the REMSAD model was correlated to mercury concentrations in fish tissue and water samples. Selenium concentrations were also analyzed in the fish tissue and water samples.
Mercury Levels in Tennessee Fish
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation compiled tissue data from multiple agencies in order to analyze mercury concentrations in fish from Tennessee's rivers, lakes, reservoirs and streams. This analysis led to the issuance of new and updated mercury advisories in April, 2007.
Tennessee Coalfields Fish Tissue and Water Quality Study (2011-2013)
Report of a study conducted by the Division of Water Resources conducted to evaluate the potential bioaccumulation of metals in native game fish in streams draining Tennessee Coalfields.
TN LAND MANAGEMENT AND GIS
This 2008 static map shows and lists public lands across the state of Tennessee.
TN STATE PARKS
Boating in TN State Parks
Tennessee State Parks strive to meet the recreational boating interests and well-being of residents and park visitors. Enjoy our full-service “clean certified” marinas, boat launches, boat rentals and guided boat tours on lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams throughout the state. This site enables visitors to find a nearby Tennessee State Park with boating opportunities.
Camping in TN State Parks
A list of TN State Parks with opportunities for camping.
Fishing in TN State Parks
A number of TN related fishing resources including a list of TN State Parks where you can fish.
Online Reservations Tool
A tool for reserving campsites, cabins and inns or picnic shelters and pavilions.
Park Trail Maps
This page provides links to the trail maps TN State Parks provides, organized by park. They have free and paid options that provide you the details you need to have your next great adventure in Tennessee.
Swimming in TN State Parks
A list of TN State Parks with swimming pools, swim beaches, or swimmable streams and creeks.
Tennessee’s Wild Side
Tennessee’s Wild Side is an outdoor adventure show designed and developed for viewing by the whole family. Supported by the Tennessee State Parks and Produced by RockWater, LLC, in cooperation with Nashville Public Television, Wild Side is a nine-time regional Emmy Award winning series that has been on the air almost two decades.
Use this interactive map to explore TN's parks.
TN Valley Water Trails
TN State Parks has created an online water trail map with TDEC, TVA, and National Park Service that includes region's blueways on a national river recreation database. UT Chattanooga is designing the site. Flat water and white water are included.
This webpage features a sampling of some of the most popular and scenic waterfalls in Tennessee State Parks.
TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
2016-17 Tennessee Hunting Seasons Summary
A quick guide to TN hunting seasons in 2016-2017.
2016 - 2017 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide
TWRA's 2016-2017 guide to hunting in Tennessee.
2016 Fishing Guide
TWRA's 2016 guide to fishing in Tennessee. Topics covered include license information, statewide limits and regulations, unwanted species on the move, reservoir and small impoundment regulations, safety, trout stocking schedules, contaminants in fish, fish identification, turtles, and more.
Angler's Guide to Tennessee Fish
To help identify angler's catches, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) offers this convenient identification guide on nearly 100 species or subspecies, including aquatic nuisance species that are currently present in the state or may be found in the future.
The following bank fishing locations were compiled by TWRA staff to inform anglers of areas where you can fish without a boat.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)
BOW offers women programs in outdoor skills. Tennessee events include canoe trips down the Hiwassee River, muzzleloader workshops, and an entire weekend workshop filled with classes and activities every aspiring outdoors-woman will enjoy. Some of these classes include basic archery, reading the woods, ATV operation, dutch oven cooking, fly-fishing, nature photography, and much, much more.
Bass clubs have an opportunity to help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency monitor bass populations. TWRA asks bass clubs and tournament organizations to share tournament results for all tournaments held on Tennessee reservoirs. Data will be recorded in the B.I.T.E. (Bass Information from Tournament Entries) program. State fisheries biologists use this information, along with other sampling data, to document trends in bass populations.
This page lists "Coast Guard approved equipment," which is equipment that has been determined to be in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard specifications and regulations relating to the material, construction and performance of such equipment.
Boating and Fishing Access Map
An interactive map of boating and fishing access points in Tennessee.
This handbook covers boating laws and responsibilities in Tennessee.
Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG)
The Boating Infrastructure Grant program is a nationwide competitive grant program provides funding for the construction, renovation, and maintenance of public and private boating infrastructure tie-up facilities with features for transient boaters in vessels 26 feet or more in length that are available to the public.
Tennessee law requires that all mechanically powered vessels (including federally documented recreational vessels) and all sailboats which are principally used in Tennessee must be registered. This website provides more information about required boat registration and information and resources for registering your boat.
A listing and explanation of boating regulations in Tennessee. Topics covered include boating under the influence, life jackets, no wake areas, and more.
Boating Safety Course - Online
Take this Tennessee–approved course to complete your online Boating safety education.
Boat Safety Education
The Tennessee mandatory boating education law is similar to the driver’s license law. You acquire the study materials, study, and then take an approved boating safety exam administered by an approved representative of the TWRA. This website has information about laws, courses, testing locations, and more.
Clean Vessel Act Program
The Grant Program established by the Act is for the funding of the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations, dump stations, and pumpout vessels to service pleasure craft. The grant will reimburse recipients for up to 75% of the installed cost of pumpout and dump stations. This includes the cost of new equipment, or the renovation of existing equipment. The Clean Vessel Act grant funds are available to both the public and private sector. This includes all local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities that are open to the general public.
Download Wildlife Management Area Data
The boundaries of TWRA's Wildlife Management Areas are available for download in two different format types: shapefile or KML. Shapefiles are GIS files used with GIS software, such as ArcView 3.x and ArcMap. A KML file can be imported directly into Google Earth.
Family Fishing Lakes
These 18 lakes managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are open year-round for fishing and outdoor recreation. Designed and regulated especially for family fishing, these lakes prohibit alcoholic beverages, houseboats, inboard motors, water skiing, personal watercraft, and swimming. Most lakes have wheelchair accessible fishing piers, easy access to bank fishing, boat rentals, launching ramps, and picnic areas. Some lakes offer conveniences such as bait, tackle, snacks and drinks. One Family Fishing Lake is located in the Cumberland River Basin — Marrowbone Lake.
Fee Fishing Ponds and Lakes
There are numerous private ponds and small lakes throughout the state that charge either a fee to fish, a fee per pound of fish or a fee only if you catch fish. These lakes, known as catch-out facilities or pay lakes, are usually kept stocked on a regular basis and offer a good opportunity as a place to take children, because fish are more easily caught.
Fishing Information and Identification
Resources for identifying and learning about fish in Tennessee. Resources include a Black Bass Identification Key, a Temperate Bass Identification Key, a Spawning Temperature Table, and Fish Pictures.
Habitat Monitoring and Enhancement
TWRA biologists monitor fish habitat changes in reservoirs and work to maintain healthy habitat conditions. TWRA's habitat enhancement projects for reservoirs fall into several categories: shoreline stabilization, aquatic macrophyte establishment, and fish attractor construction. Each of these categories has different objectives, but all are aimed at maintaining current conditions or improving conditions for fish and fishing.
Hunter Education Program
Information about TN's Hunter education program including courses, FAQs, and more.
Hunting and Fishing License Center
This site will allow you quick and easy access to hunting and fishing licenses, permits, regulations and other important information about recreation in Tennessee.
Kids Fishing Events
The listings on this page are not-for-profit kids fishing events.
Marinas with Pumpout Station
A list of TN marinas with pumpout stations.
Managing Small Ponds and Fishing Lakes in Tennessee
Although ponds and small lakes provide many important and practical benefits: erosion control, livestock watering, swimming, irrigation and wildlife enhancement, the information found in "Managing Small Fishing Ponds and Lakes in Tennessee" has been prepared to encourage Tennessee landowners to plan, construct and manage their ponds and small lakes properly for recreational fishing. TWRA'sFish for Stocking in New or Renovated Ponds also provides helpful stocking related information.
Migratory Bird Hunting
Information and resources on migratory bird hunting in Tennessee.
Moment of Freedom Campaign
Tennessee has become an ideal destination for sportsman with mobility impairments. Many organization have worked hard to provide wheelchair-accessible custom blinds and fishing piers on public lands and waters. More than a dozen deer, turkey and waterfowl blinds that include ramps and other features to make hunting from a wheelchair more convenient can be found across the state. A number of wheelchair-accessible fishing piers and observation towers offer additional outdoor opportunities as well. The state’s Moment of Freedom initiative is aimed at increasing these outdoor opportunities. The primary goal of the Moment of Freedom is to create 21 new wheelchair-accessible sites over the next three years.
Laws for human powered vessels such as canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards in Tennessee.
In some areas of Tennessee the number of hunters needs to be restricted so as not to cause a major impact on the resource. In these areas, the TWRA utilizes a quota hunt system. More information is available about quota hunts on this webpage.
Motor boat related safety tips on the subjects of water skiing, persons overboard, passengers, fueling, weather, and more.
Stocked Trout Locations Map
An interactive map of stocked trout locations in Tennessee.
Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife Program
A website with information about TN's birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. The site includes lists of the best places for wildlife viewing in TN, educational tools, and more.
Tennessee Outdoor Youth Summits (TOYS)
Headquartered at the Montgomery Shooting Complex in the community of Southside near Clarksville, TOYS attracts high-school aged students from across the state. It teaches our youth about the outdoors. It covers topics such as fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, wildlife identification, outdoors photography, biology, firearm safety, archery, trap and skeet shooting, boating and boating safety, and so much more. Students interested in a professional career in natural resources also have the opportunity to experience outings that provide insight into actual professional management (e.g. electro-fishing, aging fish, controlled burning).
Trout Information / Stockings
Each year 80 streams and small lakes are stocked to provide a trout fishery. These streams have low abundance of wild trout, or no trout at all. TWRA stocks about 325,000 9-12 inch trout between February and October. This webpage links visitors to information about stocking schedules, stocked locations, tailwater trout, wild trout streams, and stocked trout.
TWRA On The Go
TWRA's mobile app for outdoor enthusiasts. With the app you can: view TWRA news; Unting/Trapping, Waterfowl, Fishing, & Boating Guides; Buy your licenses, Renew boats, and report and see your harvests; find a WMA, check station, Hunters for the Hungry Processor, Fishing Spot, Boat Ramp, or a Wildlife Viewing Areas; view fishing reports and identify your fish with our Fish ID Guide; Learn more about Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife; browse wild game and fish recipes; and more.
Hundreds of videos on variety of topics including fishing, boating, outdoor recreation, Watchable Wildlife, habitat management, paddling, ducks, trout, watersports and more.
Uniform State Waterway Marking System
Tennessee uses the uniform system of buoys and markers that are standard in the United States. These buoys and markers are placed for your assistance and safety. In addition to written messages on the buoys, there are a variety of colors, shapes and symbols which aid in the recognition of a particular buoy. This webpage provides an explanation of how the buoys may be used and interpreted.
Warm Water Stockings
Information about stocking locations and dates for water water species such as catfish, bass, walleye and others.
Wildlife Management Areas Map
An interactive map of Wildlife Management Areas in Tennessee.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities in Tennessee's Wildlife Management Areas
A list and corresponding map of wildlife viewing opportunities in WMA's across the state. Highlighted Cumberland River Basin WMA's include Shelton Ferry, Cheatham Lake, Edgar Evins, Bark Camp Barrens, Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness, The Boils, Jackson Swamp, and North Cumberlands WMA.
City of Brentwood Park Locations
An interactive map with park locations, info, and linked park websites for the City of Brentwood.
Parks Trails and Greenways
A list of parks, trails, and greenways in the City of Brentwood.
List of Parks
A list of city parks and links for more information about these parks in Clarksville.
Riverfest is an annual celebration on the Cumberland River. Festival goers enjoy art, music, family activities, and more.
Greenways and Trails
Information about the City's system of greenways and trails. This webpage includes links to a Citywide Greenways and Trails Master Plan, information about the City's Long Range Planning efforts, a listing of parks with trails, and an interactive park and recreation finder map.
Harpeth River Canoe Access Sites
The City of Franklin Parks Department maintains several river access points for those who enjoy canoeing/kayaking, fishing or swimming on the beautiful Harpeth River. Those access points are listed on this website. A canoe launch video is also provided, along with a map of public access points.
Greenways and Bike/Pedestrian Trails
Information about greenways and bike/pedestrain trails in Hendersonville.
Canoe and Kayak with Metro Parks
Metro Parks offers opportunities to take canoe or kayak day trips, go on guided group tours, and take indoor boating skill classes. This webpage includes additional information about these programs and includes a calendar of events.
Greenways Interactive Map
The Greenways Interactive Map allows users to let Nashville know how they use greenways, where they think new greenway routes are needed, and where they think new trailheads improve access.
This page has descriptions and links to maps of Nashville’s greenway, multi-use, paved, trails and a variety of trails within parks (both in alphabetical order). Click on each trail name to link to individual maps.
Greenways Plans and Projects
This page covers planned greenway projects and additions.
This website provides general information about the Nashville Riverfront and its history, design plans for riverfront projects, a timeline of projects and more.
Park Finder Interactive Map
This interactive map allows you to find specific parks or to search for parks by an activity. Water related activities include boating, camping, hiking, nature centers, and more.
The Metro Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, there are over 12,000 acres of open space, including 108 Parks and 19 Greenways. This webpage provides a listing of Metro Parks. Links are provided when more information about a park is available.
Park Plans and Projects
A webpage providing information on capital projects and general planning for parks.
Plan To Play: Countywide Parks and Greenways Master Plan
Plan To Play is a Metro Parks and Recreation-led initiative for a countywide parks and greenways master plan, which will serve as a guide for future investments in and growth of Nashville's park system in the coming decades. The yearlong Plan To Play process includes an inventory of past and current plans, an analysis of programs and facility offerings, a benchmarking of peer cities, and an intensive public input process, including public meetings and surveys. This webpage includes additional information, surveys, a greenways interactive map, a video about the program, and more.
Water Access and Blueways
A number of rivers and streams are large enough to support use by recreational canoeists and kayakers, in Nashville. This webpage has information about public access points for paddlers.
Water Activities Webpage
This webpage provides links to a listing of Metro Boat Ramps, Canoeing and Kayaking opportunities with the City, information aboutHamilton Creek Marina, information on docking boats in Downtown Nashville, and more.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Cumberland River Basin 101
Basic information about the Cumberland River Basin and its watersheds, including interactive maps, water quality stressors, and recreational resources.
The Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival celebrates the importance of the Cumberland River to the city of Nashville. The stretch of river downtown once was polluted. Thanks to the work of the Cumberland River Compact and others it has been cleaned up and is a great place to spend the day.
Green Products for Marinas and Boat Owners
Green options that will help you maintain your marina or vessel without compromising your water quality.
A number of webpages devoted to recreation in the Cumberland River Basin. These include a recreation map as well as pages dedicated to camping, fishing, hiking, motorboating, nature watching, and paddling.
The Compact supports and organizes various water recreation events and outings. From providing water safety support for the Music City Triathlon and Stand Up Paddle Board Races in downtown Nashville on the Cumberland, to organizing paddling trips with Paddle Adventures Unlimited, the Compact strives to get as many folks on the water as possible! While our offices are based in downtown Nashville, our work extends throughout the basin – you can frequently find the Compact staff and volunteers exploring streams all over the basin.
Waterfest is a free, one-day family festival all about celebrating and connecting children to our local waters. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of water quality in our watershed through fun and engaging environmental-based activities suitable for the entire family. We believe environmental awareness is an important element of community knowledge and contributes to environmentally friendly and healthy behaviors later in life. Join us this year for a dance party, prize giveaways, water slides, trivia, and much more!
HARPETH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Canoe and Kayak Outfitters Along the Harpeth River
A list of outfitters on the Harpeth River as well as safety tips for paddlers. Outfitters include, Paddle Dog Adventures,Adventures on the Harpeth, Foggy Bottom, and Canoe Music City.
Current Water Levels on the Harpeth
Links to USGS gages and information about historic flood levels on the Harpeth.
Harpeth River Blueway Project
The vision of this Project is to promote recreational opportunities, safety and the preservation of natural and cultural features along the Harpeth River through the provision of canoe/kayak access sites and accompanying signage. More information about this project is available on this site, as well as a map of current and proposed access points on the Harpeth River, another map of access points on the Lower Harpeth, and links to access information from TN State Parks and the City of Franklin.
Information about parks and sites of interest within the watershed. Includes information for people interested in fishing, hiking, picnicking, history and more.
This webpage is home to information about why the Harpeth does not not meet State Water Quality Standards in the summer and related science based efforts of the association. The page links visitors to an article about the high number of people who visit Harpeth River State Park, a 2006 HRWA Dissolved Oxygen Study and later 2007-2008 studies; and a 2006 Water Quality Analysis study funded by the organization.
A wealth of resources on regarding wildlife in the Harpeth River. The site covers Fish, Mammals, Mussels, Snakes, Turtles, Birds, Benthic Macroinvertebrates, and Threats to Biodiversity. HRWA also provides a useful macroinvertebrate key for identifying these animals.
KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
Rockcastle River Conservation Program
The Rockcastle River Conservation Program was formed to conserve land and species and enhance the overall quality of life around this special river. The Rockcastle has the cleanest water in the state of Kentucky. At the same time, the area is among the fastest growing areas in the state and millions of dollars are needed to conserve sensitive habitats before they are lost forever to development or mining. While the lower part of the Rockcastle River is protected because it is home to endangered species, the upper areas are still exposed and unprotected and face immediate threats, mainly from tourism and the prospect of a new I-66 interstate. Horse Lick Creek and Sinking Creek are special focus areas of the project.
LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
Davidson County Open Space Plan
Nashville’s Open Space Plan, released in 2011, is an ongoing partnership between The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Office of the Mayor focused on protecting open space throughout Davidson County. It is a map for the strategic conservation and creation of green spaces, by both the public and private sectors, to protect the unique landscape of Middle Tennessee. The project includes a variety of opportunities – creating neighborhood parks and gardens, conserving hillsides and private parks, and protecting farms, forests and river corridors outside the urban core. The plan can be downloaded here.
Mountain Goat Trail
Land Trust for Tennessee is partnering with the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance on a campaign to connect Monteagle and Tracy City via the Mountain Goat Trail over the next three years. The campaign will support land acquisition, grant matching, and other expenses involved in building this important resource for the area. A map of the area of interest is provided on this webpage, as well.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF KENTUCKY
Places We Protect
An interactive map and listing of places The Nature Conservancy protects in Kentucky. Within the Cumberland River Basin, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky protects or has helped protect Primroy Creek, Pine Mountain-Mullins Preserve, and Bad Branch State Nature Preserve.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY - TENNESSEE
Habitat Conservation Plan - Natural Resources
An overview of the natural resources of the planning area. These pages contain information about: 1)Relevant best management practices and conservation solutions such as riparian buffers, low impact development, and conservation; 2) Relevant area recreational resources; 3) Area forests, streams and rivers, and caves and karst; 4) Areabiology 5) Covered species in the HCP; 6) Species stressors.
Heat-Treated Firewood: How to Find and How to Sell
Learn more about locations across Tennessee where you can buy heat-treated firewood, and how you can create and sell heat-treated firewood using firewood kilns. This webpage includes a link to an interactive map for where to buy firewood free of invasive pests that threaten our basin's forests.
Places We Protect
An interactive map and listing of places The Nature Conservancy protects in Tennessee. Within the Cumberland River Basin, The Nature Conservancy protects or has helped protect Gil and Johnston Preserve, Hubbard's Cave, North Cumberland WMA and Frozen Head State Park, Pogue Creek, Taylor Hollow, and Washmorgan Hollow. This site includes a link to a timeline of Tennessee Milestones and an infographic summary of what the organization has accomplished in Tennessee.
RED RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Recreational Information for Red River Streams
A listing of Red River Watershed Streams with information about whether these streams possess Natural/Scenic Quality and Recreational Fishing or Recreational Boating opportunities.
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Protecting Public Lands on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau
Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau is renowned for its expansive forests, rich aquatic life, and outstanding outdoor recreation. In years past, surface coal mining left a devastating environmental footprint on the plateau--clear cuts, polluted rivers, and unstable slopes. While parts of the region have shown signs of recovery, the threat of future mountaintop removal and similarly destructive forms of surface mining is ongoing. SELC has been engaged for several years in efforts to protect the Cumberland Plateau from the worst impacts of coal mining.
STONES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Blueway Maps and Gages
Interactive maps and stream gages on the Stones River Blueway. Maps include Riverine Landmarks of the Stones River Watershed; Access Points from the East Fork through Percy Priest to the Cumberland; Access Points on the West and Middle Forks; Accesss Points on Stewart Creek. Stream gages include East Fork Gauge at Lascassas andWest Fork Gauge at Murfreesboro.
The Stones River Watershed Association sponsors the Stones River Relay the first Saturday of April, traveling from the headwaters on Short Mountain to the Readyville Mill in Cannon County. They continue the first Saturday of each month, paddling successive sections until they reach the confluence with the Cumberland on the first Saturday in November.
Stones River Watershed Homepage
The watershed associations homepage features a map of the Stones River Watershed, stream gage information and contact information for area outfitters including Stones River Kayak Rental, Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation, and Nashville Parks and Recreation.
TN SCENIC RIVERS ASSOCIATION
TSRA has been working to provide environmentally sound and user friendly access points to rivers and water ways since 2006. This page includes additional information about this program, a TN Wild Side Video about TSRA’s work, and contact information for anyone interested in helping build an access point.
Designated Scenic Rivers
A listing of designated State Scenic Rivers in Tennessee. Rivers in the Basin include Blackburn Fork, the Collins River, the Harpeth, Roaring River, and Spring Creek. TSRA also provides information for applying for a river or stream to be designated.
This events calendar lists TSRA events, Hikes and Paddling Trips, and friends of TSRA events. TSRA provides information about Leading A Trip, as well, for those who are interested.
River Level Gauges
A list of river level gauges on popular paddling streams.
Schools and Clinics
TSRA offers a wide variety of paddling schools and safety clinics throughout the year for paddlers of all skill levels in recreational and whitewater boats. Classes include Roll School, Essentials to River Kayaking and Canoeing, Rescue Skill For Recreational Boaters, Whitewater Canoe and Kayak School, Basic River Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue,Advanced Swiftwater, and Wilderness First Aid. Paddlers can also volunteer to instruct.
TSRA provides a link to this TN landforms database. Landforms include waterfalls, sinkholes, and lakes, amongst other features. Over 800 waterfalls are listed. The site notes that some of these landforms are on private property, so get permission before you go check them out. Other formations are difficult to access because they are off-trail.