Reelfoot Lake


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Jamie Hamilton

NWTN Today

Date: 5/26/2017 1:02:00 PM

Mr. Jamie Hamilton, 94, a resident of Reelfoot Lake community died May 24, 2017, at Diversicare of Fulton. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 29, at Antioch Cemetery near Hornbeak. The Rev. Darrell Hoffman will be

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Thill: Strategies for Bluegill Beds

Date: 5/25/2017 10:13:00 AM

Billy Blakley, the head guide at Blue Bank Resort on Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake, understands bedding bluegills and the keys to catching them like few other anglers. Reelfoot is famous for its heavyweight bluegills, so folks arrive with palm-sized ‘gills

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NWTN Today

Date: 5/23/2017 2:50:00 PM

MAKING PLANS — Samburg Tourism committee chairman Ed Mayberry recently reviewed plans for Saturday’s Reelfoot Lake marker rededication with Col. Gideon Macon Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Colonists registrar Mary Ann Claxton

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The Perfect Getaway on Beautiful Reelfoot Lake

Date: 5/20/2017 5:00:00 PM

This rental is located across the street from beautiful Reelfoot Lake, home of some of the best fresh water fishing in the state of Tennessee.It comes with everything you need to make your trip enjoyable, Bring your boat, you have full ramp access and dont

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Mississippi River group shuts down after auditors criticize contracts

The Commercial Appeal

Date: 5/18/2017 10:00:00 PM

TDOT took the action in the wake of an internal audit and a report by the state Comptroller of the Treasury on the bidding process used by MRCT in building an interpretive visitors center at Reelfoot Lake State Park in Tiptonville. The audits were

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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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