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Rellfoot Lake State Resort Park
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Rellfoot Lake State Resort Park
Description - Reelfoot Lake State Park, located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, is one of the greatest hunting and fishing preserves in the nation.

Attractions - Reelfoot Lake encompasses 25,000 acres (15,000 of which are water) and harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the golden and American bald eagles. Other animals are also diverse and abundant here. Its many species of flowering and non-flowering plants attract botany enthusiasts from all over the country. Cypress dominates the margins of the lake, but many other trees and shrubs are also present.

The Airpark Inn & Restaurant, campgrounds, bathrooms, boardwalk, fishing pier and picnic areas are wheelchair accessible.

Recreation - Reelfoot Lake State Resort Park offers camping, fishing, hunting and picnicking opportunities. There is lodging for guests as well as restaurants for dining.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Reelfoot Lake State Park is located in Lake and Obion counties. The park's 280 acres are broken into 10 segments located along 22 miles of the Reelfoot Lake shoreline. To reach the park, take Hwy. 412 from I-40 at Jackson North to Dyersburg and Hwy. 78 North from Dyersburg to Tiptonville OR take Hwy. 22 from I-40 to Union City and Tiptonville.


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ICON Boating Reelfoot Lake is a flooded forest ­ full of submerged cypress stumps. While boating on Reelfoot , expect to hit some of the stumps. You will be okay unless you are running at full throttle. People boat on this lake using 40 horsepower motors and up, but they go slow, no water skiing or jet skiing is done on Reelfoot Lake. Canoes can be used on Reelfoot Lake. Jon boats are used the most.
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ICON Boat Launching There is a public boat launch at this lake.
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ICON Automobile Travel Reelfoot Lake State Park has an auto tour that circles the lake. The Auto Tour visits 12 points of interest and circles Reelfoot Lake.
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ICON Nature Study Reelfoot Lake State Park has one of the most interesting and informative interpretive centers in the state park system. Exhibits focus on the unique nature of the Reelfoot Ecosystem. Topics include Native Americans, Early Exploration, The New Madrid Earthquakes, Flora, Fauna, Old Time Hunting, Legends, Reelfoot Lake Boats, Problems and Solutions. Several videos are also available to showcase the wonders of Reelfoot Lake The popular facility is the avian flight cage which houses injured hawks, owls and eagles. Visitors get a close view of these beautiful birds and learn about their lifestyles. A 3 mile boardwalk winds over cypress wetlands and through a stand of large cypress trees. The boardwalk is especially popular with bird watchers, photographers, and fishermen. Everyone seems to enjoy a relaxing walk to observe the unique Reelfoot Ecosystem. Information is provided about the lake and Reelfoot area. The Interpretive Center is a must stop for anyone visiting Reelfoot Lake. Museum hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily w/ no entrance fee. The museum is close on Christmas and other Holidays.
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ICON Fishing Fishing at Reelfoot Lake can be a year-round thing. Crappie fishing is best toward the end of March through the first part of May. Crappie will slow down during the hot summer months and will start getting active again around October when the water temperature cools down. Fishing for Crappie can be good throughout the winter. Bream and Bluegill fishing usually starts getting active around May and will continue through early July. They will become active again in September. Largemouth Bass fishing is good from March through late October. Yellow Bass or Striped Jack as the locals call them is the fish you can catch from July through September. Cat fishing is done during the spring and summer months using yo-yos, limb lines and trot lines.
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ICON Team Sports Recreational activities are concentrated at the Inn campground, and picnic areas. The three main picnic areas, campground and inn all have nice playgrounds that are very popular for families with children. Basketball, horseshoes, ping-pong, tennis courts (2), volleyball and board games.
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ICON Hiking & Walking Reelfoot Lake State Park has three hiking trails that are very popular. The Airpark Trail is a 45 minute walk through old cypress forest and second growth vegetation. The Keystone Trail winds along the shoreline of Reelfoot Lake for 1.5 miles and is the only lakeshore trail. The Black Bayou Trail goes along the old bayou for approximately 2 miles and is an excellent bird watching and wildlife observation walk.
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ICON Lodging The Airpark Inn is a 20 unit motel nestled among towering Cypress Trees. The inn has 12 double rooms with two double beds, television and a balcony. There are 8 suites with a sleeping loft upstairs with two double beds. The downstairs area has a table and chairs, sofa bed and balcony. Suites have a refrigerator and two televisions for added convenience. The inn also has a 100- seat Southern style restaurant open on a seasonal basis. A large meeting room for conferences is available that can be divided into smaller rooms. Screen, VCR and overhead projector are provided. The Airpark Inn is ideal for family reunions and small group meetings. In addition to the Airpark Inn, the park also operates a five unit motel at the Reelfoot Spillway. Each room accommodates three people and 3 units provide kitchenettes. Rooms accessible to persons with a disability are available.
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ICON General Information The large conference room in Ellington Hall is located adjacent to park's Visitor/Interpretive Center. The facility is equipped with sound baffles to control noise levels. This facility will accommodate 450 people theater style comfortably. It is located approximately 16 miles from Reelfoot Lake State Park's Airpark Inn. The Reelfoot Room is located in the Airpark Inn. It will accommodate 150 people theater style. The room has a full window view of Reelfoot Lake and Cypress Trees. The shades can be closed for a more private setting. The Airpark Restaurant will cater meals, breaks and snacks in the Reelfoot Room.
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ICON General Information Reelfoot Lake State Park offers a 3500' lighted all weather landing strip adjacent to the state park's Airpark Inn and Restaurant. The airstrip is an easy walk to the inn, restaurant, campground, picnic areas and walking trail. Boat rental, bait and guide service are located within one mile. Arrangements may be made with individual facilities. Bald Eagle and Waterfowl Tours leave from the Airpark daily at 10 a.m., beginning January 2, 2000 and ending March 12, 2000.
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ICON Canoeing Reelfoot Lake State Park has a Canoe Trail to the Heron Rookery with guided canoe trips can be scheduled for groups with their own canoes. This area is accessible by canoe only during high water, usually in late winter and spring. Reelfoot Lake is a fantastic flat water canoe destination. Majestic tree, an abundance of flowers, plants, wildlife, and birds can be seen everywhere.
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ICON Picnicking Picnicking is very popular at Reelfoot Lake State Park. We have five large group shelters that will accommodate large family reunions. Four of the shelters have large grills. We also have six smaller shelters with two tables each and grills. Numerous picnic tables and grills are available throughout park areas for family or visitor use. All picnic areas are located on the lakeshore and three of the areas have fishing piers. Three areas have playground units for the amusement of children in the groups. Restrooms are available in all areas. Group shelters may be reserved up to one year in advance.
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ICON Attending Talks & Programs One of the primary objectives at Reelfoot Lake State Park is to provide quality interpretive and recreational programs. Programs are offered throughout the year by an experienced naturalist staff. Most programs focus on the natural world of Reelfoot Lake. We have developed an excellent environmental education curriculum and host students from preschool to college field trips. We offer 2-day, all day and overnight programs. We can design a field trip to fit any group needs. Bald Eagle Tours: During the winter months Reelfoot Lake is called home by approximately 200 American Bald Eagles. Bus tours to observe the eagles and waterfowl are offered daily. Experienced naturalist provide telescopes for viewing and discuss eagle ecology and lake history. It is not uncommon to see a large number of eagles and to get extremely close views. Eagles can be seen perching, flying/soaring and often snatching fish from the lake. A wide variety of programs are offered during the winter months. We invite guest speakers to provide a program every Saturday night during the winter eagle season. They cover a wide variety of topics from live birds of prey, photography, history and of course Bald Eagles as well as other interesting topics. One of the more popular programs features a number of live birds of prey. Naturalist explains the importance of these beautiful birds and visitors experience a close up and personal view of these majestic birds. This program is scheduled several times per month and can be booked for your group with advance reservations. Naturalist offer Pontoon Boat Cruises from May through September. These trips allow visitors experience the beauty of Reelfoot Lake and learn about this unique area. Three-hour cruises depart daily at 9:00 a.m. and short cruises are offered on weekends and holiday afternoons. Sunset cruises are offered several times per month and moonlight cruises are offered during the full moon. The full moon rising through Cypress Trees is an awesome sight. Special cruises can be scheduled for groups. Reservations are required. Reelfoot Lake is a photographers paradise. Special photography workshops and tours are offered by professional photographers for scheduled camera clubs or other interested groups. Our most unusual program is a Heron Rookery Swamp Tromp. We take a wet walk through the cypress swamp to a large heron rookery. Hundreds of nesting birds, large cypress trees and water knee deep make this a trip for those who like to experience nature at it's wildest. This trip is usually offered in the spring and reservation are required for individuals or groups. The following is a list of the programs that the park offers: Eagle Tour (fee), Eagle Tour Video, Pontoon Boat Cruises (fee), Reptiles, Reelfoot Lake-A Place of Chance, The New Madrid Earthquakes, Guided Boardwalk Hike-.3 mile, Guided Keystone Hike, Archaeology Program/Tour, Career in Conservation, Heron Rookery Swamp, Tromp, Edible Wild Foods, Reelfoot Video, Eagles Video, Wetland Canoe Float, Photography, Workshops/Tours, Aquatic World, Campfire Stories and an Interpretive Museum.
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ICON Road Biking Reelfoot Lake State Park does not have any bike trails on the park, but we do have 24 and 32 mile routes with detailed guides. The MRT (Mississippi River Trail) begins at our Visitor Center and goes to the Visitor Center on Mud Island in Memphis (approximately 177 miles). The entire ride around Reelfoot Lake is approximately 50 miles and goes by several areas of the lake as well as the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. Anyone interested in biking routes should contact the park office.
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Contact Information:
Reelfoot Lake State Resort Park, Route 1Box 2345 , Tiptonville, TN, 38079-9799, Phone: 800-250-8617

Additional Information:
West Tennessee Region - The West Tennessee Travel Region is one of three travel regions in Tennessee. This region includes the western 1/3 of the state and over 20 state parks, wildlife refuges, archaeological sites and historical sites.

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