Obed - 4. Obed Junction to Nemo

Obed, Tennessee, US


4. Obed Junction to Nemo

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm


Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 03/05/04

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03540500 1000 - 8000 cfs II-IV 00h41m 539 cfs (too low)

River Description

Logistics: To reach the take-out from the town of Wartburg (you?ll find a National Park visitor
center here), follow the signs to the Nemo Access from Old Highway 27 and head out the southwest
corner of town and continue 6.0 miles down to the river. Ample parking and a nice day-use area with
changing area and picnic tables can be found upstream river left of the old Nemo Bridge. This is a great
meeting point and place to hangout after your run. You have a couple options for put-ins depending on
what type of run you?re looking for. You can drive directly down to Obed Junction. Alternatively you can
run a section of Daddy?s Creek
from Devils Breakfast Table (if the wildlife gate is not closed for the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area)
to the Obed confluence, or Clear
to the Obed confluence. Runs beginning further upstream on the Obed are of course a possibility as well.


From Obed Junction which is at the confluence with Daddy?s Creek, the river flows through 2.8
miles of class II/III rock gardens before you reach a one mile section containing Ninety Right-Ninety
Left (class III-), OmyGod! (class III+), Rockgarden (class IV)Be aware of the dangerous spot that exist on the right in this rapid, and Submarine Falls (class II+). Soon after
these drops you will pass Clear Creek which enters in from the left 4.2 miles into the run from Obed
Junction. You will encounter four more class III rapids separated by calm stretches of river, the last two
of which are known as Keep Right and Widowmaker.

 The Obed joins the Emory River at mile 8.8, From there its just another mile downstream to the take-out at
the old Nemo Bridge.


Here's the official Obed Wild & Scenic River Map with all the putins and takeouts.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2008-06-18 17:55:31


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.2Class II-III rock gardensN/A
5.0Nintey Right-Ninety LeftIII
5.3Oh My GODIII+Photo
5.7RockgardenIVHazard Photo
6.0Submarine fallsII+

Rapid Descriptions

Class II-III rock gardens (Class N/A, Mile 2.2)

Gradiant increasing

Nintey Right-Ninety Left (Class III, Mile 5.0)
Enter from the left and execute two 90 degree turns the last being on the lip of the main drop.

Oh My GOD (Class III+, Mile 5.3)

Larry Cable @ Oh My God!

Larry Cable @ Oh My God!
Photo of Larry Cable by rbone taken 04/01/05 @ med-high

This rapid is rocky at the top and is pitched over a ledge at the bottom and heads directly for Oh My GOD rock.Unknown if the rock is undercut or not.

I'd say OMG rock is NOT undercut; there is a good sized pillow on the rock where the main current slams into it, and a turbulent eddy on its upstream side, against the river right bank, implying that water is not going under it...but if I was swimming, I'd still swim like he!! away from it.

Coordinates for the start of the rapid are:

Lat: 36.085868

Lon: -84.716451

Rockgarden (Class IV, Mile 5.7)

Boofin' Rockgarden

Boofin' Rockgarden
Photo of Ted by Stu Thompson taken 03/20/03 @ 900 cfs

Scout this rapid on river right.At lower flows the water tends to push you towards the right where some of the rocks are undercut,Over 3,000cfs the rocks are better covered.

Coordinates for the start of the rapid are: 

Lat: 36.088679
Lon: -84.713251

Submarine falls (Class II+, Mile 6.0)

Just above the confluence with Clear Creek. Small drop through a narrow spot between 2 boulders. Class III at higher flows.

Coordinates for the start of the rapid are:

Lat: 36.089179
Lon: -84.708896

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