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“Beautiful Lake with Fascinating History”

Reelfoot Lake State Park
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Owner description: This hunting and fishing harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the golden and American bald eagles.
Reviewed January 30, 2013

With its unique cypress trees growing in the lake and the boardwalk trail used to view the lake is both relaxing and visionally stunning. Boyette's Restaurant near the lake is a great place to eat. At the park across from Boyette's, they usually have eagles that have been injured that are being care for and for you to view. It's really quite wonderful and peaceful place to visit. You can also reserve eagle watching tours in January to mid-March to watch the eagles as they come in to roost for the winter. For more information on the tours call 731-253-9652.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

What a beautiful place to relax and unwind. The campgrounds are well tended, clean, and have plenty of lakefront spaces to choose from. Wildlife abounds in this scenic lake town. A trip to the visitor's center rewarded us with a view of Bald Eagles and a dancing owl, also inside the visitors center is a short display showing all the wildlife in the lake. We had a 2 hour guided canoe trip along the lake and our guides were very knoweldgeable about the habitation and wildlife, giving us all kinds of opportunity to learn about the different species of bird and plants on the lake. A short hike through the Keystone Trail led us along the lake and allowed us to be out in nature.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

If you are fascinated by the history of the most powerful earthquakes to hit eastern US in recorded history, you will want to visit this lake, which was formed when the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes reportedly caused the Mighty Misssissippi to flow backwards for 10-24 hours.

If you like to see bald eagles, white pelicans and other waterfowls, you will want to visit this lake.

Due to the many Cypress stumps in the shallow lake, canoeing can be a little tricky.

There are some hiking trails around the lake if you are not into fishing, hunting or boating. I am especially impressed by several well-maintained boardwallks in the woods.

The State Park offers seasonal tours (mostly free?) and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Check their website for event information: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/ReelfootLake/activities/#events

There are a couple restaurants in town that are worth trying. We had a great catfish lunch at Boyette's which has been in business since 1921.

2  Thank Veronica X
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

I enjoyed how this area is not all trashed with the typical chain store/eatery junk! Very quaint classic area!

Thank numike
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

I have camped here twice and have always found things to do. I am not a hunter or fisherman, but I have been canoeing on the lake, hiked around parts of it, and rented a motorboat to explore it. The motorboat was the lest successful because the boat kept getting stuck on the cypress stumps. There is a small but interesting museum in the Visitor Center and the staff there is very friendly and helpful.

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