Reelfoot Lake

TENNESSEE


Lake Level
11.21 FEET
10/27/2015
Full Pool: 283.0
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Introducing Administrator Pruitt

EPA

Date: 2/22/2017

Last week, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed and sworn in as the 14th Administrator of EPA. Administrator Pruitt believes promoting and protecting a strong and healthy environment is one of the lifeblood priorities of the government, and EPA is a vital part of that mission. As Administrator, Mr

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Ferry closing for maintenance to boat engines

ABC36

Date: 2/20/2017 6:46:00 AM

The ferry operates at Mississippi River navigation mile point 922.0. It provides a link for commuters and farmers and provides access to nearby Reelfoot Lake Recreation Area in western Tennessee

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Dorena-Hickman Ferry to Temporarily Halt Service; Starts Feb. 20

SurfKY.com

Date: 2/19/2017 1:10:00 PM

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry provides a link for commuters and farmers, as well as providing access to the nearby Reelfoot Lake Recreation Area in western Tennessee. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry operates at Mississippi River navigation mile point 922.0. For more

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Dorena-Hickman Ferry closing for maintenance to boat engines

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Date: 2/19/2017 1:35:00 AM

The ferry operates at Mississippi River navigation mile point 922.0. It provides a link for commuters and farmers and provides access to nearby Reelfoot Lake Recreation Area in western Tennessee

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Ferry closing for maintenance to boat engines

Southeast Missourian

Date: 2/18/2017 10:18:00 PM

The ferry operates at Mississippi River navigation mile point 922.0. It provides a link for commuters and farmers and provides access to nearby Reelfoot Lake Recreation Area in western Tennessee

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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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