Reelfoot Lake


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11.21 FEET
Full Pool: 283.0
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Easy to find and fun to catch, bluegill are America’s fish

USA Today

Date: 5/25/2018 5:03:57 AM

SAMBURG, Tenn. – As we troll past a couple of the 200-year-old cypress trees that dot northwest Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake, Alan Clemons gets a whiff of his childhood. It's a hint of stale sweetness, akin to a slightly over-ripe cantaloupe or watermelon

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High School Fishing:


Date: 5/20/2018 8:34:00 PM

Together with Cody Gregory, a stand-out member of the OCCHS team, Simmons was on his way to meet with photographers and marketing execs for St. Croix Rods, who chose nearby Reelfoot Lake for the job at hand. Simmons and Gregory figured they’d knock out

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Bald eagle wounded in Reelfoot Lake area

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Date: 5/10/2018 5:00:00 PM

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. - A reward of up to $3,300 has been offered for information leading to conviction of anyone responsible for the wounding of a bald eagle in the Reelfoot Lake area. The eagle was discovered about five miles north of Tiptonville, close to

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Take a One Tank Trip to Reelfoot Lake!


Date: 5/2/2018 6:00:00 PM

If you've always longed to see a Louisiana bayou, maybe you should just "buy you" a tank of gas to Reelfoot Lake State Resort Park instead. The unusual Tennessee swamp and lake was formed by the great earthquakes of 1811 and 1812, when large areas of land

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NWTN Today

Date: 4/25/2018 2:21:00 PM

LEAVING A COMMENT — Reelfoot Lake State Park manager Alisha Weber talked with Brad Moss of Rives while he was filling out a comment card following a meeting about the state park Tuesday evening. Moss, who is the West Tennessee vice president for

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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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