Sunday, April 3, 2011

Reelfoot Lake State Park offers Deep Swamp Canoe Floats

Looking for something new and different to do this spring?

Every weekend through April 30th, experienced naturalist staff at Reelfoot Lake State Park will be guiding half-day canoe floats through seldom-explored areas of Reelfoot Lake.

Canoeists will observe the old-growth cypress forest unique to the area, a heron rookery and an American Bald Eagle’s nest during a leisurely paddle through the swamp. Along the way, an expert naturalist will be on hand to discuss the history and wonders of this natural phenomenon – discussing the variety of aquatic life, birds and other creatures that make Reelfoot Lake their home.

“From large fish to ducks taking flight to the occasional snake appearance, there is a little excitement around every bend,” said West Tennessee Regional Naturalist David Haggard. “A variety of bird life such as songbirds, ducks, herons, owls and eagles usually show up to check out the paddlers. It is truly one of the more unique outdoor adventures offered in West Tennessee.”

The canoe trips depart from Reelfoot Lake State Park's Visitor Center at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. on Sundays throughout April and last about three hours. There is a cost of $20 per boat if a park canoe is used, and no charge for private canoes. Participants should pack snacks, drinks, a change of clothes, camera and binoculars in a waterproof, floatable container. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Reelfoot Lake State Park's Visitor Center at (731) 253-9652.

For more information about Reelfoot Lake State Park, including lodging and activities, please call the park’s visitor center at (731) 253-9652 or click here.


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