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USA Parks
Great Lakes Region
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
During the winter of 1811-12, a series of some 1,874 recorded tremors within the New Madrid fault dramatically altered the landscape on some 30-50,000 square miles of land ceating Reelfoot Lake in extreme northwest Tennessee.

Reelfoot NWR was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of the lake under a 75-year lease agreement with the State of Tennessee. Additional lands acquired in Southwestern KY extended the refuge to its current 10,428 acres. Due to the refuge's proximity to the Mississippi River, it has always been a major stopover point and wintering area for waterfowl of the Mississippi Flyway.

In recent years, mallard populations peak at nearly 400,000 birds in midwinter, with Canada goose populations occasionally reaching 100,000 birds by mid January. These often spectacular concentrations are enhanced with a variety of other waterfowl species, as well up to 200 wintering bald eagles, (one of the largest concentrations in the eastern United States). Some 239 species of birds have been documented on the refuge, along with 52 species of mammals, and 75 species of reptiles and amphibians.

Designated as an Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy, the refuge continues to play a significant role in providing for the needs of a significant portion of the birds migrating along the Mississippi river corridor.

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Hamilton's Resort
4992 Hamilton Rd
Hornbeak, TN
(731) 538-2325

Southshore Resort
Lake View Dr
Samburg, TN
(731) 538-2467

Sportsman Resort
100 Sportsmans Resort LN
Tiptonville, TN
(731) 253-6581

Blue Basin Cove Bed & Breakfast
100 Blue Basin Rd
Tiptonville, TN
(731) 253-9064

Gray's Camp
40 Grays Camp Ln
Tiptonville, TN
(731) 253-7813

Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Willowbrook Cabin Rental - Golconda, ILCottages and Cabins
LARGE 2 and 3 bedroom private CABINS located near many of the major ATTRACTIONS of the Shawnee National FOREST and the surrounding Southern ILLINOIS area. All cabins offer incredible VALUE as they are fully furnished with everything needed including full kitchens with cookware, microwave, liens, fire pits and wood, outdoor grill, satellite TV and even FREE internet. Open all seasons
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75 miles from park*
Cedar Sunset Cabin - Buncombe, ILCottages and Cabins
Top notch accommodations on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest.
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70.6 miles from park*
Rim Rock's Dogwood Cabins - Elizabethtown, ILCottages and Cabins
Southern Illinois Cabins with all amenities, surrounded by The Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. All cabins have air conditioning, heat, kitchen including stove, frig, microwave, coffee maker, toaster bathroom with shower, screened in porch, electric fireplace, satellite tv with HBO and DVD, all linens, cookware, plates, utensil, outside grill and picnic table.
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85.6 miles from park*
Doc's Lakeside Cabin - Jonesboro, ILCottages and Cabins
Doc's Lakeside Cabin was built in 2012 and is located in beautiful Southern Illinois. Let us welcome you to setting where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
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65.3 miles from park*
The Irish Inn - Ozark, ILBBs / Inns
Offering a wee bit of Europe in Southern Illinois' wine country. We are located right in the Shawnee National Forest. Stay in a stone and log chalet, cool in summer with blazing log fires in winter. You will enjoy the company of a genuine Belfast-born innkeeper and a full traditional Irish breakfast. There is no extra charge for the blarney, storytelling, and good Irish luck
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71 miles from park*
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The Refuge Headquarters is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Union City, Tennessee. From Union City take Highway 22 north approximately 15 miles, turn right on Highway 157; refuge headquarters is located exactly 1 mile on left.

USA Parks
Great Lakes Region
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
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