Canoe the Obey River
Where Two Rivers Meet: the Obey & the Cumberland
A GUIDE TO EXPLORING THE CUMBERLAND RIVER BASIN
Clay County is home to peaceful natural areas and impressive feats of engineering. Here, the Obey River meets the Cumberland. If you are an avid fisher or someone looking for exploration, add this to your map. Join us as we canoe the Obey River and find its hidden gems.
Teddi Lou’s Bakery
306 Dow Ave, Celina, TN, United States, Tennessee
Start your morning out right and stop by Teddi Lou’s Bakery. Located in charming downtown Celina, right on the historic town square. Grab a cup of coffee and one, or two, of the delicious hand-made baked goods, crafted fresh daily.
Dale Hollow Dam
A scenic Celina stop along the way is the Dam on Dale Hollow Lake. Park and walk across the dam to take in the beautiful views of Dale Hollow, a great place to stretch your legs and sip your morning cup of coffee.
Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
145 Fish Hatchery Road Celina, TN 38551-6268
On your way to the Dale Hollow Dam, you will pass the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery was established to mitigate fishery resources that were lost due to large-scale construction of many federal water development projects in the Southeast United States. The Hatchery is responsible for stocking rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout in over a dozen different water reservoirs in middle and east Tennessee and even parts of Alabama and Georgia.
The hatchery grows millions of catchable-size trout every year, but also dedicates conservation efforts for a number of imperiled, freshwater, non-game fishes, and mussels. Stop by the Hatchery Aquarium and talk with fish biologist, Thomas Reeves, or schedule a hatchery tour to learn more about some of the fish native to Tennessee and other critters that inhabit the rivers and lakes of the region. There is a public fishing area just below the hatchery that they release trout from weekly and is a great place to have a picnic or cast a line.
Moody’s Boat Ramp
1 Moody Boat Ramp Rd, Celina, TN 38551
There are no shortages of paddling opportunities in Celina, you just need to know where to hit the water. Not too far from the base of Dale Hollow Dam, you will find Moody’s Boat Ramp, a public day-use area along the Obey River. From Moody’s, it is about a 4-mile trip down to the takeout at Donaldson Park and takes roughly 2-3 hours to complete. The boat ramp at Donaldson will be on your left shortly before the Obey River meets the Cumberland River. Or just plan for a there-and-back river trip!
Once you are familiar with the area, you will find yourself wanting to explore more of the Cumberland River and create your own river excursions. If you decide to paddle the Cumberland, keep in mind that it is a there-and-back trip to Donaldson Park, and the closest ramp beside Moody’s, isn’t for many miles.
1110 Jackson St, Celina, TN 38551
The Cumberland and Obey Rivers are known for their pristine waters and trophy fishing. The quickest way to hit the Cumberland River is to launch from Donaldson Park. The ramp leads onto the Obey, but if you take a left you soon meet the Cumberland. The Cumberland River is home to many species of fish, including some river monsters, like the Atlantic Striped Bass, or more commonly known as a Striper. The Stripers grow to be much larger in the Cumberland River System and typically measure over 3 feet long and can weigh up to 60 lbs.
If you are a first-time fisherman or perhaps just want to travel the Cumberland River with an expert fisherman, book a charter with Captain Jim at StriperFun Fishing Guide Service. Captain Jim charters on twelve different waterways in Tennessee and Kentucky and fishes eight different species of fish.
Dale Hollow 1-Stop BBQ
1012 E Lake Ave, Celina, TN 38551
Whether you spent the day paddling the Obey or wrestling a Cumberland River Monster, you surely have worked up an appetite. Stop in at this Celina staple for some excellent BBQ and some tasty twisted taters. 1-Stop BBQ specializes in BBQ, but offers a full menu with other great selections.
Getaway Dale Hollow Cabins
2493 Moss Arcot Road, Celina, TN 38551
If you are looking to unplug and get back to nature, stay at one of the Getaway Cabins located in Moss, TN. Moss is about a 10-minute drive to Celina and roughly 20 minutes from the beautiful Dale Hollow Lake. The one-room cabin features a kitchen, facilities, a firepit, a picnic table, and a queen-size bed that has a wonderful view of the surrounding wilderness through the picture window.