Beautiful Reelfoot Lake is known to be one
of the best hunting and fishing preserves in the country. The
history of Reelfoot Lake has it that a series of earthquakes during
the winter of 1811-1812 created landslides that swept down the
bluffs, and large areas of land were uplifted, while others sank.
One of the sunken areas filled with water and thus Reelfoot Lake was
born. The lake encompasses 25,000 acres and is home to almost every
kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the Golden and American
Bald Eagles. Reelfoot Lake State Park has 280 acres, broken into 10
segments located along 22 miles of the lake’s shoreline. A visitor
and interpretive center is located along State Highways 21 and 22.
The park contains campgrounds, fishing piers, canoeing, horseshoes,
several playgrounds, tennis courts and picnic areas. No water skies
or jet skies are allowed on Reelfoot Lake – it’s known for its’
peaceful fishing and birding opportunities. Several special events
are held in the park during the year, including two-hour bus tours
beginning January 2 through March, when visitors can observe bald
eagles and other waterfowl. A wide variety of other programs are
also offered during the winter months. From May through September,
experienced naturalists offer three-hour pontoon boat cruises to
view the area. Shorter cruises are available on weekends and
holidays, and sunset cruises are offered several times per month,
while moonlight cruises are offered during the full moon.