Reelfoot Lake


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The New Madrid Earthquake Struck 206 Years Ago


Date: 2/7/2018 10:44:00 PM

In Tennessee, fifteen miles south of New Madrid, the uplited ground dammed streams and formed Reelfoot Lake. Steamboats arriving on the river once the shaking subsided found thousands of felled trees floating in the water and countless acres of eastern

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NWTN Today

Date: 2/1/2018 2:08:00 PM

SHOWING OFF — Members of the team that helped make the new cabins at Reelfoot Lake State Park, including (from left) Christina Treglia, regional director of external affairs of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; Sammy West

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Reelfoot Lake State Park opens new cabins


Date: 1/31/2018 3:46:00 PM

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. — In an exciting announcement from Reelfoot Lake State Park, officials recently held a ribbon cutting to unveil seven new visitor cabins. The new cabins are made with concrete logs that provide passive heating and cooling year-round

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Cold-weather crappie are a challenge

Lebanon Democrat

Date: 1/31/2018 7:17:00 AM

Fishing buddy Bob Sherborne and I went to Reelfoot Lake one winter to fish for crappie. We had heard that during cold weather the fish congregate in the few deep holes in the relatively-shallow lake. The crappie were congregated all right –along with the

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Outdoors notebook

Lebanon Democrat

Date: 1/24/2018 6:53:00 AM

Information on times, tickets and events is posted on Eagle tour: The Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival is set for Feb. 2-4. Visitors can take guided tours to view and photograph the lake’s resident bald eagles, and also enjoy a wide range of

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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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