Tennessee State Parks

Reelfoot Lake State Park

Reelfoot Lake State Park is home to an abundance of outdoor activities for modern day nature enthusiasts. The Reelfoot Lake area was created by a violent series of earthquakes in 1811-1812 resulting in a river ecosystem that transformed into a lake habitat. The earthquakes caused the Mississippi River to reverse its flow for a short period of time creating Reelfoot Lake.

The park’s ecosystem is unlike any other place in Tennessee. Bald eagles can be spotted along with almost every kind of shorebird year-round. Various diverse animals and species of plants have been found throughout the territory making it a popular attraction for visitors from across the country.

The park’s 15,000 acres of lake offer many opportunities for boating and fishing. In addition, there are three hiking trails along the lakeshore. All campsites at Reelfoot Lake State Park provide water, electricity, tables and grills with many campsites located on the lakeshore.

Interpretive programing is available at the Reelfoot Lake State Park’s R.C. Donaldson Memorial Museum and Nature Center. The center’s attractions include non-releasable raptors, snakes and other wildlife of the area. The museum is open year-round excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact the park directly at 731-253-9652 .