Reelfoot Lake State Park

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

Reelfoot Lake has many species of flowering and non-flowering plants attract botany enthusiasts from all over the country. Cypress trees dominates the margins of the lake, but many other trees and shrubs are also present. In the summer the Water Flowers are just beautiful.

Reelfoot Lake State Park will protect and preserve unique examples of natural, cultural and scenic areas on Reelfoot Lake and provide a variety of safe, educational, quality interpretive programs and recreational activities, utilizing a well planned and well managed system of park areas and facilities.

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Latitude: 36.362896 Longitude: -89.429736 Elevation: 282 ft
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Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council

Recreational Opportunities

Reelfoot State Park offers a variety of activities through-out the year: Canoeing in the Spring, Hiking all year, American Bald Eagle Tours in the winter months.

Reelfoot features two campgrounds. Campsites provide water, electricity, tables and grills with many campsites located on the lake shore. Both campgrounds have a small number of primitive sites with water accessible and some with picnic tables only

The park has several hiking trails that are popular for bird watching and wildlife viewing.

One of the best ways to experience Reelfoot Lake is by boat. The lake is a flooded forest and is shallow with lots of submerged stumps and standing trees. Boaters have to navigate slowly and cautiously. As such there are few large boats on the lake which makes it a nice place for canoes, kayaks and jon boats when the winds are calm. Boats may be rented from local private businesses.

Seasons Accessible

The park is open 7 days a week.

There are three different trails to be hiked. There's even an auto tour that circles the lake. There are also a lot of places available for picnicking, including some with play areas for the children and some with fishing piers.

Nearby Attractions
Emmett Lewis Heritage Museum -
Tiptonville - 3 miles
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge - 8 miles
Dixie Gun Works, Union City - 25 miles

Other Nearby State Parks
Big Cypress Tree State Park - 46 miles

Annual Events
Bald Eagle and Waterfowl Tours
February-Eagle Festival
May-September: Scenic Pontoon Tours
First Weekend in October:
Arts and Crafts Festival
October – Pelican Festiva

Accessibility Notes

The park’s 280 acres are broken into 10 segments located along 22 miles of the Reelfoot Lake shoreline. The other sections of the park including the visitor and interpretive center with its auditorium, picnic and camping areas - are located along State Highways 21 and 22.

Call the visitor center for more information: 731-253-9652.

Pet Friendly Notes

Call the visitor center for more information: 731-253-9652.

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