Annual Obed Wild and Scenic River Cleanup

On Saturday, March 30, the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning are working together to host a river-based cleanup of the section of the Obed River
between the Devil’s Breakfast Table and Nemo. This 11 mile section of stream is one of the most dramatic in
the entire park, featuring towering cliffs and a sense of remoteness rarely found in today’s world. Experienced
whitewater paddlers are welcome to join in the cleanup but must provide their own whitewater boat, personal
floatation device, helmet and appropriate river attire. Paddlers should be highly proficient in Class III/IV
whitewater.
Individuals wishing to assist with the cleanup should meet at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center
located at 208 North Maiden Street in Wartburg, Tennessee, at 9 a.m. (ET) on March 30. Participants should
be prepared to use their own vehicles to shuttle to the take-out point at Nemo and drive to the put-in location at
the Devil’s Breakfast Table. The river trip is subject to cancellation due to weather and river levels. Although
rapidly changing conditions could necessitate cancelling the river trip on the morning of the event, a tentative
go-no-go decision will be made by 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Friday, March 29. If the river trip is cancelled, a
land-based cleanup will take place near Nemo Day Use Area. Participants can obtain status updates via the
park’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ObedNPS. For more information, please contact the park at (423)
346-6294.

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