Obey River Watershed

The Obey River Watershed is approximately 947 square miles and has an estimated population of about 40,000 people. Use the map below to find out if you live in the watershed or to simply explore! The area within the purple boundary is within the watershed.

Water Quality in the Obey River Watershed

There are 1,040 miles of streams and rivers in the Obey River Watershed, as well as the 28,000 acre Dale Hollow Lake. Within the watershed, the states of Tennessee and Kentucky report that roughly 119 miles are impaired. The most common impairments are pH, sedimentation, and iron. The most common source of impairment is abandoned mining.

Looking for Adventure? The Obey’s Got You Covered!

Click Here for an Interactive Recreation Map of the Cumberland Basin

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