Emory - 3. Nemo to Oakdale


Emory, Tennessee, US

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3. Nemo to Oakdale

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 9.2 Miles

Clarence on Emory R TN - Nemo to Oakdale run


Clarence on Emory R TN - Nemo to Oakdale run
Photo of Clarence by Barry taken 05/28/09

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
OBED RIVER NEAR LANCING, TN
usgs-03539800 450 - 50000 cfs I-III 00h30m 2580 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.


River Description

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.

For more information please click on the following link: waldensridgewhitewater.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-03-22 19:18:10

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage area: ~616 sq.mi.N/A
0.2Nemo RapidsN/APhoto
5.7Camp Austin RoadN/AAccess
5.9SurpriseII+Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage area: ~616 sq.mi. (Class N/A)

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.



Nemo Rapids (Class N/A, Mile 0.2)

Clarence runs Nemo

Clarence runs Nemo
Photo of Clarence by Barry taken 05/28/09

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.



Surprise (Class II+, Mile 5.9)

Suprise ! solid II below the Camp Austin Bridge

Suprise ! solid II below the Camp Austin Bridge
Photo of Clarenc by Barry taken 05/25/09

Not far below Camp Austin Road, some (uncharacteristic for this run) rocks obstruct the flow, creating the second 'significant' rapids on this run.




User Comments

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September 27 2013 (1874 days ago)
simonkrzych (155765)
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."
April 19 2011 (2766 days ago)
gary debacherDetails
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
May 17 2009 (3468 days ago)
x (1)
For a short video of Nemo Rapids, see the last photo on the Obed - OBJ to Nemo
April 24 2009 (3491 days ago)
gary debacherDetails
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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