47.8 Miles

Camp, Fish, Canoe and Kayak
The Obey River is a 47.8-mile-long tributary of the Cumberland River in Tennessee. It joins the Cumberland River on the western edge of the town of Celina. Through the Cumberland and Ohio rivers, the Obey River is part of the Mississippi River watershed.
The Obey was impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to form Dale Hollow Reservoir, site of the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery, which stocks the Obey River and many other rivers and lakes around the Southeast with rainbow trout. The Obey serves as both a fishing and canoeing destination for local residents and visitors.
The Obey has become a popular canoeing and kayaking destination, and the Corps of Engineers operates a very popular campground right beside the Obey, located only about four miles from Celina. The campground has about everything a camper could want. It stays filled to capacity during most of the vacation season.
It has dozens of camping spots, bathroom facilities, a fish-cleaning station, a laundry facility and a walking and bike trail. In addition, it’s located right beside the national fish hatchery. Also, there’s the popular fishing stream that runs between the hatchery and the river.

“People come to the campground to fish,” said Paul Boyce, president of the Friends of Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery Support group. An outlet stream leading directly from the hatchery into the Obey River runs through the campground area.

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