Reelfoot Lake


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ShakeOut earthquake preparedness exercise practiced at WSCC

Mountain Press

Date: 10/21/2016 1:01:00 AM

Those quakes shifted the flow of the Mississippi River and resulted in the formation of West Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake. The fault, which is sometimes called Reelfoot Rift, is located close to Memphis. Seismologists predict that a strong earthquake along

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Reelfoot refuge to celebrate 75th anniversary Saturday

State Gazette

Date: 10/19/2016 12:47:00 AM

This family-oriented event will include free activities such as: hayrides, fishing, exhibits and wildlife demonstrations, youth activities, and canoe trips on Reelfoot Lake. Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was established as a refuge for migratory birds

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Enjoy the great outdoors in October

Tullahoma News

Date: 10/13/2016 10:47:00 AM

Meet at the Cumberland Mountain State Park Boy Scout Camp, northeast of the main park entrance on US-127. Reelfoot Lake State Park is hosting a festival to celebrate the white pelican migration. Don’t miss your chance to see the white pelican at Reelfoot

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Annual pelican festival to occur this weekend

State Gazette

Date: 10/10/2016 10:55:00 PM

The Annual Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival will take place this weekend, beginning on Friday, Oct. 14 and run through Sunday, Oct. 16. Although Reelfoot Lake is more known for eagle sightings, each autumn, thousands of white pelicans stop at the historic

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Reelfoot Lake

Date: 10/9/2016 5:00:00 PM

Reelfoot Lake, 20 mi (32 km) long, NW Tenn., near the Mississippi River; designated a national natural landmark by the National Park Service. It was formed when a depression created by earthquakes in the winter of 1811–12 was filled with Mississippi

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• Surface Area: 15,500 Acres
Reelfoot Lake is a shallow natural lake located in the northwest portion of Tennessee. Much of it is more of a swamp, with bayou-like ditches connecting basins, the largest of which is called Blue Basin. Reelfoot Lake is noted for its bald cypress trees and its nesting pairs of bald eagles, and is the site of Reelfoot Lake State Park.

Since 1930 water levels in the lake have been somewhat regulated by the construction and operation of a spillway at the southern end of the lake.

Until 2003, Reelfoot was the world's only legal commercial fishery for crappie, which was served in restaurants located near the shore.

The lake is said to be named for a legendary Indian chief who had a deformed foot and was called "Reelfoot" by the white settlers, but this is yet to be proven. In Irvin S. Cobb's story "Fishhead," written in 1911, it was claimed that the lake "[took] its name from a fancied resemblance in its outline to the splay, reeled foot of a cornfield negro."
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