Reelfoot Lake

TENNESSEE


Lake Level
11.21 FEET
10/27/2015
Full Pool: 283.0
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FISHING: Pearman, Morris edge Baker, Perry to win Make Me A Star tournament

The News-Enterprise

Date: 11/5/2018 11:29:00 PM

The show airs in all 50 states and 51 countries. “My dad and pawpaw, Ronnie Williams took me fishing when I was 8-years-old to Reelfoot lake for an overnight fishing trip,” Perry said. “It was such a

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FISHING: Pearman, Morris edge Baker, Perry to win Make Me A Star tournament

The News-Enterprise

Date: 11/5/2018 11:29:00 PM

The show airs in all 50 states and 51 countries. “My dad and pawpaw, Ronnie Williams took me fishing when I was 8-years-old to Reelfoot lake for an overnight fishing trip,” Perry said. “It was such a

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Local I-Team: You Paid For It - A $700,000 Mistake At Reelfoot Lake

Local 24 News

Date: 11/1/2018 8:41:00 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - You paid for it: The Local I -Team uncovers the $700,000 mistake on Reelfoot Lake. Federal and state taxpayer money was supposed to be used to build a brand new $2

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SAY CHEESE

NWTN Today

Date: 10/22/2018 2:22:00 PM

SAY CHEESE — Bob Tarter of Natural History Educational Company lined up the perfect selfie for Rena Spitzley of Savannah and El (short for Eleven), an Eagle Owl, during his “Wildlife Senses” program S

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Dan Charles

WSHU news

Date: 10/9/2018 8:22:00 AM

Dozens of farmers could face thousands of dollars in fines. Mike Hayes and I are sitting on the patio of Blue Bank Resort, the business he owns on Reelfoot Lake, in Tennessee. The sun is going down. I

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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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