Reelfoot Lake

TENNESSEE


Lake Level
11.21 FEET
10/27/2015
Full Pool: 283.0
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Political Notebook: Alexander praises House wind power moratorium

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 4/23/2017 8:53:00 AM

filed a minority report disputing the elimination of multiple topics – examples including the earthquakes that formed Reelfoot Lake in West Tennessee and Civil War battles at Chattanooga, Franklin and Nashville. In House floor debate Thursday

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Give the crappie fish some love

Farm and Dairy

Date: 4/20/2017 5:11:00 PM

Those might be considered super slabs. Nationally renowned Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake produces enough big crappies that a commercial crappie industry operated there in until 2003. Crappie fishing fans can find like-minded company by becoming a dues-paying

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9 Free things to do, plus five sales

The Tennessean

Date: 4/20/2017 6:46:00 AM

"From the grand Reelfoot Lake, to the spectacular falls of the Cumberland Plateau and the breathtaking panorama of Roan Mountain, this program will inspire everyone to explore Tennessee's natural bounty," organizers said

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Give the crappie fish some love

Farm and Dairy

Date: 4/19/2017 10:16:00 PM

Those might be considered super slabs. Nationally renowned Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake produces enough big crappies that a commercial crappie industry operated there in until 2003. Crappie fishing fans can find like-minded company by becoming a dues-paying

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Tennessee history may suffer because of revisions

The Paris Post-Intelligencer

Date: 4/19/2017 12:17:00 PM

The Great Lakes are in the standards, but not Reelfoot Lake. Perhaps this list of deleted Tennessee items makes you appreciate how hard it is for fourth and fifth grade teachers to embed state history into U.S. history. But the fact of the matter is that

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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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