Reelfoot Lake


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Comparative Spatial Ecologies of Female Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) and Red-Eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta) at Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee


Date: 3/6/2019 4:00:00 PM

Spatial distributions and movements of aquatic animals are typically defined by the dimensions of the aquatic system in which they live. Aquatic turtles often confound such definitions with terrestria

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It is not time yet to throw in the trowel

Paris Post-Intelligencer

Date: 3/6/2019 7:32:00 AM

t has been a while since Old Man River (the Mississippi) has ceased to roll. Not since 1811, as a matter of fact, when she ran backward and formed Reelfoot Lake after monstrous earthquakes. A company

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Feeding times of Amphiuma tridactylum at Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee


Date: 3/3/2019 4:00:00 PM

Feeding activity times were determined for Amphiuma tridactylum in a roadside slough adjacent to Reelfoot Lake in northwestern Tennessee. Twenty-nine A. tridactylum were captured using baited deep-wat

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The Eagles of Reelfoot Lake

Date: 3/1/2019 12:15:00 AM

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. — In the far northwest corner of Tennessee, just this side of the Mississippi River, lies a landscape like no other. Reelfoot Lake is less a lake than a system of bayous, creeks and

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15 movies filmed in Tennessee

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Date: 2/25/2019 5:55:00 AM

U.S. Marshals – A spinoff of The Fugitive, Stars include Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, and Robert Downey Jr. A portion of the film was shot at Reelfoot Lake. October Sky – The film starred Jake Gyll

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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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