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Reelfoot Lake Tourism Council: (White’s Landing Area): This beautiful area has many boat ramps, fishing piers, handicap pier and eagle’s nest close by. Keep your eyes open for an American Bald Eagle flying overhead! We have all the Tourist Information you will need to enjoy your time at Reelfoot Lake. Activities, events, lodging, fishing and hunting guides and more. Stop in while you are at the Lake. Located at 1605 State Route 21 E.
1. Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor’s Center: A trip to Reelfoot would not be complete if you did not visit the Visitor/Interpretive Center. Located on Hwy 21 – across from Boyette’s Restaurant. See exhibits that explain the formation, history natural diversity and future of Reelfoot Lake. Take a walk on the scenic boardwalk over Reelfoot Lake and through majestic cypress trees. Nature programs are available and pontoon boat cruises are offered May-September. The Visitor/Interpretive Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2. Blue Bank Park Picnic Area: Reelfoot Lake State Park has four lake front picnic areas. These scenic areas have picnic tables, grills, playgrounds, and fishing piers. There are two shelters available for rent.
3. Eagle Nest Basin formerly known as Kiwanis State Park Picnic Area: Park has two shelters available for rent, grills, picnic tables, restrooms, fishing pier, Ninja playground, volleyball net and a walking track. Historically named after the Kiwanis Club and located across from the Pit BBQ. This location is a great area for weddings and receptions in the summer.
4. Reelfoot Lake State Park Spillway: Seven cabins for rent. Cabin reservations can be made at www.tnstateparks.com
5. Reelfoot Lake State Park Campground: Our campground on the south end of the lake is full of nature, beautiful scenery and offers an escape from today’s world. Campground has 86 sites with electric, water and grills. There are two bathhouses, picnic shelter and boat ramps. Lake side campsites are located among the cypress trees which make for a great place to see the sunrise and sunset over the lake. The south campground is open year round and you may make reservations online at www.tnstateparks.com or by phone at 731-538-3356. Campground Nature Trail is approximately 1/2 mile. Also, enjoy the side trail that overlooks Reelfoot Lake. Great spot for photos when the moon is full.
6. Kirby Pocket State Park: Photographers can see a beautiful sunset, great area for canoe and kayakers to see the lotus in full bloom in June. An awesome area for fishermen and duck hunters to use boat ramp. This Park offers a fish cleaning station. Big fish is on display at this location for photos.
7. National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center: The visitor center provides information about the diversity of flora and fauna that call Reelfoot home. The museum has excellent exhibits on waterfowl and other wildlife. A “backyard” trail is open dawn till dusk on the visitor center property. Nature programs are available. 731-538-2481
8. Grassy Island Wildlife Drive: Woodland birds and mammals can be seen on a leisurely drive or walk through this portion of the National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way there is a gravel/boardwalk trail. The drive ends at an observation platform overlooking Reelfoot Lake and provides an awesome view of sunsets over cypress filled waters. Round trip approx. 5 miles.
9. Bayou DeChein: The “River of the Dogs” flowed through this area long before the earthquakes formed the lake and it can still be traced through the lake to the Obion River. The farm road along the bayou makes an excellent walking trail for observing wildlife. The walk is approx. 3 mile round trip. Area closed Oct. 15 – March 15.
10. Long Point Unit of National Wildlife Refuge: Several gravel roads provide outstanding wildlife drives through open fields and woods during the spring and summer months. Mammals and birds can often be seen, and it is a migratory bird hotspot. Thousands of ducks and geese call the refuge their winter home and can be seen from the observation tower.
11. State Park Airpark (North End): The airpark area includes a 14-site campground with bathhouse, 3500′ airstrip no fuel, a hiking trail approximately 2 miles long, dump station and boat ramp. If you want seclusion, this area is excellent for tent and RV camping. Sites include electric, water, picnic able, fire ring. Resorts, cabins, boat ramps and boat rentals can be found along the north end.
12. Reelfoot Lake Wildlife Management Area (Black Bayou & Phillipy): The wildlife management area (WMA) provides a home for several species of birds, making it a bird watchers paradise. Ducks and eagles can be seen in the winter months and early spring while herons and other wading birds walk through the shallows.
13. Black Bayou Trail: The gravel road along Black Bayou Waterfowl Refuge is another great area to observe wildlife. A trial is available for hikers to walk from the parking area. It is a great place to observe woodland birds and mammals. The walk is approximately 2 miles.
14. Reelfoot Lake Wildlife Management Area (Carrington Rd.): A gravel road leads back to an old road bed near Little Ronaldson and Donaldson Ditch. This trail goes through fields and large stands of bottomland timber. The walk is approximately 2 miles round trip.
15. Keystone Hiking Trail: Cypress and hardwood timbers prevails on Reelfoot Lake’s only lake shore trail. This 1 1/2 mile trail is a wonderful spring and fall birding area. This spot has a boat ramp, fishing pier, and a picnic shelter with restrooms available to rent.