Reelfoot Lake…where the Bald Eagles Fly
I recently ran across an article from Roadtreking about Reelfoot Lake. Reelfoot Lake State Park is located in the Northwest corner of Tennessee.
Legend has it that the Reelfoot Lake was named by 19th Century settlers after an Indian Chief that had a bad foot. It was created by an earthquake which opened the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River causing the creation of Reelfoot Lake. The lake is technically a flooded forest with Cypress trees rising above the water.
The Lake offers canoeing, fishing, hiking, wildlife and bird watching and is home to thousands of Eagles in January and February. They hold a Pelican festival in October. In summer there are a wide variety of activities including interpretive and nature programs.
The state park has an 86 site camp ground that has both electricity and water hook ups with a boat ramp to boot!
Check out the story below!
“A lake the earthquake created,” is Reelfoot Lake in northwestern Tennessee. Prior to 1811 this scantily populated corner of Tennessee was a swampy area of cypress backwoods near the Mississippi River. In 1811 and 1812 several violent earthquakes shook the eastern states — the New Madrid Earthquake. A 500 acre portion of Tennessee sank some twelve feet, allowing the Mississippi River waters to rush into the depression.
Reelfoot Lake is today a 15,000 acre shallow lake with some sections more swamp than lake. The Reelfoot Lake State park is divided into 10 segments along 22 miles of the shoreline. Although the park is a mere 280 acres, there is 18,000 acres of wildlife in the Reelfoot Lake area. Migratory birds rest there on their way south along the Mississippi flyway.
Nature and interpretive programs are offered in summer. The Visitor Center museum provides many exhibits describing all aspects of the lake’s short but colorful history, prehistory, wildlife flora and fauna, and geology.
Source: A great source of information on interesting destinations, Roadtreking.
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