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

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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Cumberland River Nashville by Chuck Sutherland

Middle Cumberland

The watershed’s area includes an extensive Metro Nashville parks system that includes Shelby Bottoms, Bells Bend, Beaman, and Peeler parks, as well as portions of

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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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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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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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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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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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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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