Reelfoot Lake, Tiptonville, Tennessee

On December 7, 2007 · Comments Off on Reelfoot Lake, Tiptonville, Tennessee

There is only one large natural lake in Tennessee and it straddles the Lake Co. / Obion Co. border just a few miles from the Mississippi River. It is theorized that Reelfoot Lake formed as a result of the massive New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 – 1812. This is not entirely unlikely as the town of New Madrid, Missouri is but a stone’s throw away and it is a historical fact that the region was severely rocked by upheavals.



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The entire area is composed of glacial loess, and the earthquakes would have changed the surrounding terrain. The earthquakes caused the Mississippi River to reverse course at one point, and resulting floods filled the newly sunken earth to form Reelfoot Lake. Today it is the location of a State Park, a natural setting with abundant fishing and hunting. The New Madrid fault remains dormant but could someday strike again.

On December 7, 2007 · Comments Off on Reelfoot Lake, Tiptonville, Tennessee

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