Upper Cumberland River Watershed

The Upper Cumberland River Watershed is approximately 2,336 square miles and has an estimated population of 197,000 people. Use the map below to find out if you live in the watershed or to simply explore! The area within the purple boundary is within the watershed.

Water Quality in the Upper Cumberland River Watershed

There are 3,084 miles of streams and rivers in the Upper Cumberland River Watershed. Within the watershed, the states of Tennessee and Kentucky report that 541 miles are impaired. The most common impairments are bacteria, sedimentation, and specific conductance. The most common sources of impairment are mining, failing septic tanks, and agriculture.

Learn more about water quality in the Upper Cumberland River Watershed and what you can do to improve it using iCreek.

Looking for Adventure? The Upper Cumberland’s Got You Covered!


Click Here for an Interactive Recreation Map of the Cumberland Basin

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