Obed - 3. Potter's Ford to Obed Junction

Obed, Tennessee, US


3. Potter's Ford to Obed Junction

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 11.88 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03538830 200 - 1000 cfs I-III 01h04m 216 cfs (running)

River Description

See Tennessee Paddle for info on this and other streams in the Obed/Emory watershed.

This run appears to be populated by a great number of generally very brief rapids.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-03-23 02:17:33


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage area: ~107 sq.mi.N/A
2.6Rapids? Obstruction? Visual glitch?N/A
7.3Rock Maze RapidsN/A
8.9Merge RightN/A
9.4Rock JumbleN/A
10.0The PiersN/A
10.5Piano RockN/A
10.7The FunnelN/A
11.0Squeeze Left, Get RightN/A
11.7Hello DaddyN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage area: ~107 sq.mi. (Class N/A)

At the listed put-in drainage area is ~107 square miles (as calculated by USGS StreamStats 4.2.0 software).

By the listed take-out it has increased to ~155 square miles.

Rock Maze Rapids (Class N/A, Mile 7.3)

This one looks potentially complex (at good flows).

Merge Right (Class N/A, Mile 8.9)

An arc of rocks from the left shore funnels flow to the right in a (typically brief) rapids here.

Rapids (Class N/A, Mile 9.2)

Caution! Wood is likely to accumulate on rocks and block the river here. Just downstream, the river curves to the right, and will likely run through a fine wave-train as it does.

Rock Jumble (Class N/A, Mile 9.4)

A significant rocky jumble spans the river (almost like a broken-out rockdam). On river-left, a short ledge/hole leads directly into a large rock sentinel standing on shore, diverting flow out toward center.

The Piers (Class N/A, Mile 10.0)

A series of rocks in the water (standing almost like piers, though perhaps covered at good flows) lead to a rocky jumble, likely to make another short confused rapids.

Rapids (Class N/A, Mile 10.3)

Slightly longer than most of the rapids on this run (though still not all that long), a series of ledge/wave/holes, leading to a huge river-left-shore rock diverting flow to the right.

Piano Rock (Class N/A, Mile 10.5)

A large slab rock (center-right), and a more vertical rock (center-left) split the flow. River-right may be a bit of a sticky hole (or a wave), while river-left is more likely a brief wave-train.

The Funnel (Class N/A, Mile 10.7)

A very rocky narrowing appears likely to create a significant hole at certain flows. (This may merit scouting at times!) Again, one of the longer rapids, with more continued ledges, rocks, and holes after the initial action.

Squeeze Left, Get Right (Class N/A, Mile 11.0)

Rocks at river-right are likely to make a river-left chute preferred. Just downstream, a large rock river-left will direct flow back to the right.

Uh-Oh! (Class N/A, Mile 11.1)

Likely the most lengthy and potentially complex drop on the run, running more than a quarter-mile, with twists and turns, boulder fences (and likely wood accumulations), diagonal ledges, a flume/drop or two, waves, and holes.

Hello Daddy (Class N/A, Mile 11.7)

A short pourover into a quick rock-jumble and a brief pool preceed the confluence with Daddys Creek, and (shortly beyond that) your take-out on river-left. 

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