Reelfoot Lake


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Full Pool: 283.0
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Private Scholarships

Date: 10/26/2020 5:28:42 AM

and western Tennessee (defined as the area along Highway 51 beginning at Memphis to Union City and the Reelfoot Lake area). Awarded to African American students who have graduated from Little Rock

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Ducks Deluxe on Reelfoot

Date: 10/19/2020 5:00:00 PM

McCoy, Ross Malone and yours truly had the honor of joining Worley and Jeff Archie for two days in the Ducks Deluxe blind on the Walnut Gap section of Reelfoot Lake. Prior to our trip we had

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Summary of 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes Sequence

US Geological Survey

Date: 10/16/2020 8:38:48 AM

A notable area of subsidence that formed during the February 7, 1812, earthquake is Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee, just east of Tiptonville dome on the downdropped side of the Reelfoot scarp. Subsidence

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‘The Great ShakeOut’ and earthquakes in Middle TN and South KY


Date: 10/15/2020 1:56:00 PM

Here in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, earthquakes are not something many people think about, but experts say you should

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Kim E. Hopkins


Date: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 PM

Kim E. Hopkins, age 80 of Mattoon, IL passed away at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday October 11, 2020 at Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Charleston, IL

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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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