The Reelfoot Lake

Reelfoot Lake was formed as a result of the New Madrid Earthquakes that appeared in a series of around 1,874 tremors between December 16, 1811 and March 8, 1812 in areas around Lake Missouri and river Mississippi. 


The tremors created sunken lands that for a time, the Mississippi River flowed backwards filling in the sunk area that is now referred to as Reelfoot Lake. 


Reelfoot Lake is located in Lake Counties and Obion Counties in Tennessee. It is considered one of the greatest hunting and fishing preserves in the nation.


The lake covers over 15,000 acres and harbors different kinds of wading birds, as well as the golden and American bald eagles.


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