Reelfoot Lake

TENNESSEE


Lake Level
11.21 FEET
10/27/2015
Full Pool: 283.0
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UPDATE: Groundbreaking for New Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn

WGNS

Date: 1/15/2019 1:55:00 PM

New cabins at Reelfoot Lake and Pickwick Landing state parks • Inn renovations at Montgomery Bell, Pickwick Landing and Natchez Trace state parks Fall Creek Falls State Park has seen the renovation of

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Reelfoot Lake winter waterfowl worth the trip

The Republic

Date: 1/13/2019 12:23:00 AM

Billy Blakely has been guiding duck hunts on Reelfoot Lake for more than 40 years. My love of Reelfoot Lake is rooted in summertime bluegill fishing, but now having duck hunted there, I have come to a

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Reelfoot Lake winter waterfowl worth the trip

Daily Journal

Date: 1/11/2019 10:56:00 PM

Billy Blakely has been guiding duck hunts on Reelfoot Lake for more than 40years. My love of Reelfoot Lake is rooted in summertime bluegill fishing, but now having duck hunted there, I have come to ap

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Rick Bramwell column: It's always important to stoke a love of outdoors

The Herald Bulletin

Date: 1/9/2019 9:08:00 AM

Some standouts that can be bid on include: two Ontario bear hunts, fishing on Lake of the Woods, Reelfoot Lake and at Timbers Resort in Michigan. Like to golf? They have golf for two in Gaylord, Mich

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BIG PLANS

NWTN Today

Date: 1/9/2019 1:31:00 AM

BIG PLANS — Several local business and tourism leaders gathered Monday night at Blue Bank Resort in Samburg to hear from Mike Hayes (fourth from right) about the $2.5 million expansion of Blue Bank Re

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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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