Reelfoot Lake

TENNESSEE


Lake Level
11.21 FEET
10/27/2015
Full Pool: 283.0
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Dicamba Moves Beyond Bean Fields and Into the Public Eye

dtnpf.com

Date: 7/20/2018 7:55:00 AM

In Tennessee, Mike Hayes runs the Blue Bank Resort on the shores of Reelfoot Lake, a natural wonder formed when a series of massive earthquakes struck at the New Madrid Fault between 1911 and 1912 and

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Water Resources Outlook - July 2018

Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 7/19/2018

Water Resources Outlook - July

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TWRA working to stop spread of Asian carp

Daily Herald

Date: 7/16/2018 2:13:00 PM

Asian carp migrated into Tennessee waters via locks at Kentucky and Barkley dams. Asian carp also entered Reelfoot Lake during high flows through its spillway. The TWRA says there are two pathways thr

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TWRA Working To Stop Asian Carp

Chattanoogan.com

Date: 7/13/2018 9:27:00 AM

Asian carp migrated into Tennessee waters via locks at Kentucky and Barkley dams. Asian carp also entered Reelfoot Lake during high flows through its spillway. There are two pathways through which Asi

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CUTE ALERT! Otter visits Tennessee Dairy Queen, enjoys Blizzard & fried chicken

WKRG

Date: 7/9/2018 3:47:00 PM

The Game Warden took him to a nearby creek to be released but he didn't adjust to the change and will now live permanently at Reelfoot Lake State Park. Blizzard just didn’t like being away from people

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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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