Obed, Tennessee, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||20 fpm|
|OBED RIVER AT ADAMS BRIDGE NEAR CROSSVILLE, TN|
|usgs-03538830||200 - 1000 cfs||I-III||00h35m||32.9 cfs (too low)|
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.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Drainage area: ~107 sq.mi.||N/A|
|2.6||Rapids? Obstruction? Visual glitch?||N/A|
|7.3||Rock Maze Rapids||N/A|
|11.0||Squeeze Left, Get Right||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.
This one looks potentially complex (at good flows).
An arc of rocks from the left shore funnels flow to the right in a (typically brief) rapids here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.