REELFOOT LAKE STATE PARK
Reelfoot Lake State Park, located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, is one of the greatest hunting and fishing preserves in the nation. The lake encompasses 25,000 acres (15,000 of which are water) and harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the golden and American bald eagles. Other animals are also diverse and abundant here. Its many species of flowering and non-flowering plants attract botany enthusiasts from all over the country. Cypress dominates the margins of the lake, but many other trees and shrubs are also present.
Campgrounds, bathrooms, boardwalk, fishing piers and picnic areas are wheelchair accessible.
Reelfoot Lake State Park operates two campgrounds on Reelfoot Lake. All sites have 30 amp electric service, water, picnic tables and grills; all are level. These sites are rented on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations. Stay is limited to two weeks. Both campgrounds have a small number of primitive sites with water accessible and picnic tables only. Park Rangers patrol area frequently. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Pets must be on a leash.
Campground Location: Tennessee Highway 21-22, on southend of Reelfoot Lake
Sites: 86 (68 Paved, 18 Gravel)
-Campground Host available 24 Hours
-Camper Check-in Station with pay phones, vending, and ice nearby
-Boat Launching Ramp Area
-Fish Cleaning House with electricity, water and disposal
-Two bathhouses with showers, sinks, toilets, vending machines, washer, dryer, and dish washing area
-Dumping Station located at entrance/exit
-Bait - 2 mile (privately owned bait shops with fishing supplies)
-Boat ? Available for rent from private facilities (within 1 to 5 miles)Pavilion
-Interpretive Programs during the summer months
**Please Note: Reelfoot Lake State Park?s main campground is extremely busy during April and May**
AIRPARK CAMPGROUND ? OPEN ALL YEAR
Location: Off Tennessee Highway 213 on northend of Reelfoot Lake. Adjacent to Reelfoot Lake State Park?s Airpark Inn
Sites: 14 (Gravel)
-Boat Launching Ramp on property
-Fish Cleaning table with water on property near campground
-Pay phones on Airpark Complex Pier
-Boats and bait within 1 mile
-3500? Lighted Airstrip
**The Airpark Campground is ideal for group camping and scouts**
The Airpark Inn's 20 rooms are available 7 days a week. Rates are $40.00 for rooms and $60.00 for suites. Inn rooms are equipped with mini-refrigerators and microwaves. A continental breakfast is available in addition to vending machines with lunch and snack items.
The five Spillway units are currently open seven days a week, with rates ranging from $40.00 to $60.00. Three of the five units have kitchen facilities.
Reelfoot's 400-seat, air conditioned auditorium with kitchen facilities is perfect for banquets and conventions. It is available year-round, and rental cost is small. The adjacent Visitor Center houses interesting exhibits pertaining to the natural and cultural history of Reelfoot, including an earthquake simulator and a variety of audio-visual programs. Admission is free. Behind the Visitor Center is the cypress boardwalk nature trail.
There is also a 1600 sq. ft. meeting room that can accommodate up to 125 people for small banquets. Contact the park for more information.
Reelfoot Lake is a flooded forest ? full of submerged cypress stumps. While boating on Reelfoot , expect to hit some of the stumps. You will be okay unless you are running at full throttle. People boat on this lake using 40 horsepower motors and up, but they go slow, no water skiing or jet skiing is done on Reelfoot Lake. Canoes can be used on Reelfoot Lake. Jon boats are used the most.
Fishing at Reelfoot Lake can be a year-round thing. Crappie fishing is best toward the end of March through the first part of May. Crappie will slow down during the hot summer months and will start getting active again around October when the water temperature cools down. Fishing for Crappie can be good throughout the winter. Bream and Bluegill fishing usually starts getting active around May and will continue through early July. They will become active again in September. Largemouth Bass fishing is good from March through late October. Yellow Bass or Striped Jack as the locals call them is the fish you can catch from July through September. Catfishing is done during the spring and summer months using yo-yos, limb lines and trot lines.