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Reelfoot and Natchez Trace state parks in TN

Discussion in 'Paddling Rivers in Your Area or State for everyone' started by Scooter, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Scooter

    Scooter Well-Known Member

    Haven't posted in awhile, but after a particularly stressful day at work, had to hunt down my pics from Reelfoot Lake and Maple Creek Lake at Natchez Trace State park.

    Reelfoot is in northwestern TN and NTSP is on I-40 between Jackson and Nashville.

    One pic here for instant gratification, the others available at the link. Enjoy.
    http://www.truckwithaheart.com/water.htm
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  2. a Bald Cypress

    a Bald Cypress Well-Known Member

    lake

    That be some FINE looking water ya got there.



    Cute little camper also.
     
  3. jdupre'

    jdupre' Well-Known Member

    Ahhhhh! Cypress trees and water lillies--- makes me feel like grabbing the old flyrod and chunkin that popping bug amoungst all that fine looking cover.

    Joey
     
  4. tw541

    tw541 Active Member

    I can't tell you how homesick those pictures make me feel. Arizona is beautiful in it's own right, but those pictures make me want to be back home. Things like being able to take my pirogue out after getting home from work were special, and I think I took them for granted.
     
  5. rhutchinson

    rhutchinson Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the pics. I've lived in middle Tn. for 20 years and never been to either lake. Shame on me. I'm definatly going to remedy the situation!
    I've heard a lot about Reelfoot, but I didn't realize she looked like that!!!

    Richard
     
  6. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Have any of your guys from the mid-USA been to the Land between the Lakes? Kentucky and Barkley Lakes?
     
  7. rhutchinson

    rhutchinson Well-Known Member

    I live south of Land Between the Lakes, but my county borders Ky Lake.

    Richard
     
  8. Lee Schneidermann

    Lee Schneidermann Well-Known Member

    A Screamin' Eagle responds

    Been there, done that.

    My roomy ate the crickets I'd gathered for bait from the "range" we were at the day before. His last name was "Mc Coy" (for real) and he was from rural Tennessee.
    The area is worth the effort to go and visit. My last contact has divorced, so I can't give you a name to get hold of to reliably go in and have a good time. But if you do a little research, I think you'll enjoy yourself.

    Lee
     
  9. oldyaker

    oldyaker Well-Known Member

    That just does it for me Scoot! I'm gonna get there!!! Now you gone and lit my fire!!! How's the camping around Reelfoot?
     
  10. Scooter

    Scooter Well-Known Member

    IIRC, the park has two campgrounds, one with elect/water and the other without. There may be others in the area, I don't know. Wasn't too crowded in early May when I was there, probably 12-18 camping spots left in the larger campground but the lakeside sites were all taken.

    There are many places in/around the lake to get away from people. I liked that.

    Here's TN state parks website: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/
     
  11. gflippin

    gflippin New Member

    I've never paddled at Reelfoot, but I've been to several of the lakes at Natchez Trace. We're in the process of building an Uncle John's piroque with the 1st thru 6th grade boys at church. We plan to take the boat with us on our spring campout, possibly Natchez Trace.

    Greg
     

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