The watershed is home to three State Scenic Rivers that all flow into Cordell Hull Lake – Roaring River, Blackburn Fork, and Spring Creek – as well as Cummins Falls and Standing Stone state parks and the 25,000 acre Cordell Hull Wildlife Management Area.
The watershed sustains an abundant and distinct array of aquatic life. Streamside salamanders lay eggs in ephemeral streams – a strategy that keeps predatory fish from swimming upstream and plundering them. Critically endangered orangefoot pimpleback mussels still find habitat in free flowing streams. Reintroduced in 2000, lake sturgeon are making a comeback in the watershed and can grow to be nearly 200 pounds.