Explore the Basin

Discover 18,000 square miles of rugged wilderness, beautiful streams and charming towns in the Cumberland River Basin of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Watersheds of the Basin

Gatlin Point, Lake Barkley, Chuck Sutherland

Lower Cumberland

That said, it doesn’t lack for superlatives. It is home to more surface water and more wetlands than any other watershed in the Cumberland River

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Cordell Hull Lake by Chuck Sutherland

Cordell Hull

The watershed is home to three State Scenic Rivers that all flow into Cordell Hull Lake – Roaring River, Blackburn Fork, and Spring Creek –

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South Fork River at Big South Fork - Chuck Sutherland

Big South Fork

In the drainage, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area attracts over 600,000 people and contributes over $10 million to local economies annually.

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Harpeth River at the bend near the narrows by W. Stacy Vereen

Harpeth River

 En route to the Cumberland, the Harpeth takes on the Little Harpeth, Big Turnbull Creek, and Jones Creek – all streams (along with the Harpeth

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Red River by Nicholle Gerde

Red River

The Red is distinctive in many ways. It has less surface water and less forest per square mile than any other watershed in the Cumberland

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Upper Cumberland River - Chuck Sutherland

Upper Cumberland

Rainbow darter and hogsuckers swim amongst the fast creek riffles, and fourtoed salamanders burrow within the mosses of boggy wetlands. Hemlock and magnolia trees can

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Cumberland River above Cumberland Falls by Chuck Sutherland

Lake Cumberland

Endangered gray bats spend nights foraging for insects over streams and the placid waters of the reservoir. Spectaclecase mussels avoid strong currents beneath the bluffs

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Stones River by Chuck Sutherland

Stones River

Within the watershed, sections of Cripple Creek, Overall Creek, and the east, west, and middle forks of the Stones River are all found on the

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