Emory River Watershed Association

Covering an area of approximately 872 square miles, the Emory River Watershed contains one natural area, Frozen Head Designated State Natural Area. The natural area is 11,876 acres of relatively undisturbed forest containing some of the richest wildflower areas in Tennessee. There are 68 Documented Rare Plant and Animal Species in the Emory River Watershed.

The Emory River is formed in the Cumberland Mountains of East Tennessee. It more than doubles in volume when it joins with the Obed River southwest of Wartburg, and flows into the Clinch River just north of Kingston.  The Emory River Watershed includes the Obed River, the Little Emory River, Daddy's Creek, Clear Creek, Flat Fork Creek, Crooked Fork Creek, Crab Orchard Creek, and Clifty Creek. 

The Emory River and its tributaries provide high quality habitat for fish and wildlife, recreation areas for boating, camping, climbing and picnicking, and drinking water for the people of Morgan, Fentress, Bledsoe, Cumberland and Roane Counties.  

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EVERYONE lives in a watershed. A watershed is the land that water flows across or under on its way to a stream, river, or lake. Watershed processes work in many ways, some more complex than others. The landscape is made up of many interconnected basins, or watersheds. Within each watershed, all water runs to the lowest point - a stream, river, or lake. On its way, water travels over the surface and across farm fields, forest land, suburban lawns, and city streets, or it seeps into the soil and travels as ground water. Large watershed like the ones for the Mississippi River, Columbia River, and Chesapeake Bay are made up of many smaller watersheds across several states. One of the watershed of the Mississippi would be the Ohio river, which is partially composed of the Tennessee River watershed. The Tennessee is make up of smaller watershed like the Emory River.


Not at all, but all watersheds are important because these waters supply our drinking water, water for agriculture, habitat for plants and animals as well as recreational opportunities like boating, fishing, and swimming.Watersheds come in many different shapes and sizes and have many different features. Watersheds can have hills or mountains or be nearly flat. They can have farmland, rangeland, small towns, and big cities. Parts of your watershed can be so rough, rocky, or marshy that they're suited only for certain trees, plants, and wildlife.

Get Involved in Your Watershed!

Get involved with community activities such as river clean-ups, planting trees and native plants along stream banks and river sides, or support one of our educational events such as Kids in the Creek and work to improve the conditions of the watershed.

Are all watersheds the same?

The Emory River Watershed.

What is a Watershed?