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Reelfoot-Lake is the name of a lake and a state park, located in the northwest corner of the state, known to be one of the best hunting and fishing preserves in the country. There is an interesting legend about how the lake came to be; history has it that a series of earthquakes during the bitter cold winter of 1811-1812 created landslides that swept down the bluffs, and large areas of land were uplifted, while others sank. One of the sunken areas filled with water and thus Reelfoot Lake was born. The lake encompasses 25,000 acres and is home to almost every kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the Golden and American Bald Eagles. Reelfoot Lake State Park is comprised of 280 acres, broken into 10 segments located along 22 miles of the lake's shoreline. A visitor and interpretive center is located along State Highways 21 and 22. The park contains campgrounds, fishing piers, canoeing, horseshoes, several playgrounds, tennis courts and picnic areas. No water skies or jet skies are allowed on Reelfoot Lake - it's known for its' peaceful fishing and birding opportunities. Several special events are held in the park during the year, including two-hour bus tours beginning January 2 through March, when visitors can observe bald eagles and other waterfowl. A wide variety of other programs are also offered during the winter months. From May through September, experienced naturalists offer three-hour pontoon boat cruises to view the area. Shorter cruises are available on weekends and holidays, and sunset cruises are offered several times per month, while moonlight cruises are offered during the full moon.

Reelfoot Lake Vacation Rentals

Reelfoot Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Marston Super 8 MotelMarston, MO15.8 mi.(573) 643-9888
Hampton Inn2201 W Reelfoot AveUnion City, TN17.8 mi.(731) 885-8850
Country Hearth Inn407 E 4TH StCaruthersville, MO18.4 mi.(573) 333-4333
Super 8 Motel1400 Varden StUnion City, TN19.7 mi.(731) 885-4444
Hampton Inn2750 Mall Loop RdDyersburg, TN20.6 mi.(731) 285-4778
Comfort Inn815 Reelfoot DrDyersburg, TN20.7 mi.(731) 285-6951
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites822 Reelfoot DrDyersburg, TN20.7 mi.(731) 286-1021
Comfort Inn1500 Hwy 84Hayti, MO21.3 mi.(573) 359-2200
Comfort InnI-55 & Hwy 84 EHayti, MO21.3 mi.(573) 359-0023
Drury Inn & Suites Hayti/Caruthersville1317 Hwy 84Hayti, MO21.3 mi.(573) 359-2702
Budget Motel800 US Hwy 51 Byp SouthDyersburg, TN21.3 mi.(731) 285-8610
Best Western Dyersburg Inn770 Hwy 51 Bypass WDyersburg, TN22.9 mi.(731) 285-8601
Days Inn2600 LK RdDyersburg, TN22.9 mi.(731) 287-0888
Volunteer Inn1004 Hwy 51 BypDyersburg, TN22.9 mi.(731) 285-9730
Econo Lodge/martin Econo Inc853 University StMartin, TN29.4 mi.(731) 587-4241
Days Inn800 University StMartin, TN29.6 mi.(731) 587-9577

Reelfoot Lake Weather & Climate

The Northwestern corner of the state enjoys four mild seasons. Like most of the state, summers tend to be warm and humid and winters are mild and wet. The highly varied topography has a significant impact on the climate of the state, and temperatures vary according to elevation. Expect it to be 10 - 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops. The principal source of moisture for the state comes from the Gulf of Mexico to the south, with a gradual decrease as it tracks south to north. Rainfall is pretty evenly distributed in northwestern Tennessee throughout the year, but thunderstorms are common in spring and summer. An average of 11 tornadoes are observed in the state each year, mostly confined to areas west of the Cumberland Plateau, but most types of severe weather miss the state entirely.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 43°F 23°F 3.51 in. -
February 49°F 27°F 4.07 in. -
March 59°F 37°F 4.78 in. -
April 69°F 45°F 5.01 in. -
May 77°F 55°F 5.39 in. -
June 86°F 64°F 4.39 in. -
July 89°F 68°F 3.94 in. -
August 88°F 65°F 3.23 in. -
September 82°F 57°F 3.35 in. -
October 72°F 45°F 3.64 in. -
November 59°F 37°F 4.78 in. -
December 48°F 28°F 5.10 in. -

Reelfoot Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Arkansas International airport (BYH) located about 40 miles southwest of Reelfoot Lake in Blytheville, Arkansas, the Barkley Regional airport (PAH) located approximately 59 miles northeast of Reelfoot Lake in Paducah, Kentucky, the Mc Kellar Sipes Regional airport (MKL) located roughly 59 miles south of Reelfoot Lake in Jackson, Tennessee, the Cape Girardeau Regional airport (CGI) located around 60 miles north of Reelfoot Lake in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Kyle Oakley Field (CEY) located about 60 miles east of Reelfoot Lake in Murray, Kentucky, and finally the Millington Municipal airport (NQA) located approximately 74 miles southwest of Reelfoot Lake in Millington, Tennessee.

Reelfoot Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Millsprings Amusement ParkPaducahKY66.7 mi.
Water Parks
Venture WaterparkEddyvilleKY89.0 mi.
Golf Courses
WynRidge Greens & Golf ClubTroyTN13.8 mi.
Caruthersville Country ClubCaruthersvilleMO18.3 mi.
Oakview LinksNewbernTN19.4 mi.
Dyersburg Municipal Golf CourseDyersburgTN23.2 mi.
Farms Golf ClubDyersburgTN23.2 mi.
State Parks
Reelfoot Lake State ParkTN1.1 mi. 
Hunter-Dawson State ParkMO18.3 mi. 
Big Oak Tree State ParkMO19.9 mi. 
Towosahgy State ParkMO24.4 mi. 
Big Cypress Tree State ParkTN31.3 mi. 
Columbus-Belmont State ParkKY31.8 mi. 
Obion County MuseumUnion CityTN19.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Memphis Zoological Garden and AquariumMemphisTN91.5 mi.

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