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

East Fork Obey River by Chuck Sutherland

Obey River

As the Obey flows west, beyond the Cumberland Plateau, it reaches Dale Hollow Lake, a reservoir created to control flooding and provide hydropower by the

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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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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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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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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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Rockcastle River KY by Chuck Sutherland

Rockcastle

Sections of the Rockcastle are protected under the state of Kentucky’s Wild Rivers Program and the river has been recognized with an Outstanding National Resource

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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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Businesses in the basin

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