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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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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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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Collins River photograph taken by Chuck Sutherland

Collins River

Savage Gulf is a majestic canyon in the region, where the waters of the Collins River, Big Creek, and Savage Creek dance between narrow canyon

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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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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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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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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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Businesses in the basin

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