The Emory river from Nemo to Oakdale is an easy float trip suitable for beginner paddlers.The scenery is good and all of the rapids are easy class I-II with the exception of Nemo rapid (right at the beginning of the run) which is easy class 3.
The put-in is at Nemo bridge. A short trip (~5.7 miles) will takeout at Camp Austin Road, otherwise continue to the listed take-out for the full run.
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At the listed put-in drainage area is ~616 square miles (as calculated by USGS StreamStats 4.2.0 software).
By the Camp Austin Road bridge it has increased to ~705 square miles, and by the listed take-out it has increased to ~ 764 square miles.
Just downstream of the put-in, most of the flow takes a sharp left-hand bend at the head of an island, then trips across a significant ledge. The channel to the right of the island is rather congested with a mess of trees, thus may be impassable. Boaters in the left channel may want to hug the right shore as the island ends, and check for a smaller ledge/feature as that flow rejoins.
Not far below Camp Austin Road, some (uncharacteristic for this run) rocks obstruct the flow, creating the second 'significant' rapids on this run.
Emory River, Catoosa Road to Deermont Road/ Camp Austin Road Class 1-3 (listed on AW as Emory -3. Nemo to Oakdale)
- Minimum flow is 500 cfs on the Obed River Near Lancing, TN
- Max flow is 5000 cfs
- Run is 7 river miles
- AW says "The Emory River from Nemo to Oakdale is an easy float trip suitable for beginner paddlers. The scenery is good and all of the rapids are easy class II with the exception of Nemo Rapid which is a easy class III. The put in is at Nemo Bridge and the take out is in Camp Austin."
Note that the river description refers to the Nemo to Camp Austin short run, and the shuttle is described in the Waldenridge link. However, the AW map shows the full run ending at Oakdale, 9+ miles long. -G. DeBacher
For a short video of Nemo Rapids, see the last photo on the Obed - OBJ to Nemo
Ran from Nemo to Oakdale on 4-23-08. Discharge was 720 and dropping at Oakdale. This was enough water to run without getting stuck. Nemo Rapid I snuck on the right. There were several class 2s requiring careful maneuvering. Still, newbies should be OK at this level, and the pools between rapids make for easy gear recovery. The run would be a little easier with more water.
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Andrew runs the Emory River
Bill on the Emory
Bill on Emory River
Brian running rapids on Emory river
Clarence runs class II
Andrew runs Nemo
Running Nemo sideways at 490 CFS
Bill running Nemo Rapids
Brian runs Nemo Rapids
Nemo rapids from top of gorge
Suprise ! solid II below the Camp Austin Bridge
Brian and Clarence
Brian on the Emory at 490 CFS
Bill on the Emory at 490 CFS
Andrew in the Orange Torpedo
Clarence on Emory R TN - Nemo to Oakdale run
Brian runs Nemo
Bill runs Nemo
Clarence runs Nemo
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