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Reelfoot Lake State Park Hosts Eagle Tours

Friday, January 10, 2014 | 03:43am

Tours Available Seven Days a Week Through March 2

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. – Reelfoot Lake State Park invites visitors to attend the annual eagle bus tours to observe bald eagles and waterfowl. Tours are conducted seven days a week through March 2.

Daily tours depart from the park’s visitor center at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Park personnel lead the approximately two-hour tour, which includes opportunities to stop for photos and sightseeing.

Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased at the visitor center for $5 per person. Special groups should make reservations in advance.  All visitors should dress warmly and bring field glasses and cameras.

“The Reelfoot Lake Eagle Tours and Festival is one of America’s premier wildlife watching adventures,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said. “Bird watching in a fantastic venue of scenic beauty such as at Reelfoot Lake is an excellent way to learn about our natural world by experiencing first-hand this very special state park.”

In addition to tours, each Saturday night in January and February will feature a guest speaker at 7 p.m. in Ellington Hall. For more information on eagle tours and guest speakers, contact 731-253-9652.

Reelfoot Lake State Park will also host the 10th Annual Eagle Festival Friday, January 31 through Sunday, February 2. The festival will include eagle and waterfowl tours, sunrise photography walks, art and photography contests, a Birds of Prey program and children’s activities. For more information on the festival, contact 731-253-2007.

Designated a national natural landmark, Reelfoot Lake was created by a series of violent New Madrid fault zone earthquakes in northwest Tennessee during the winter of 1811-1812. Reelfoot Lake State Park offers outstanding recreational activities, such as wildlife viewing, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking. The park is located in Lake and Obion counties near Tiptonville. The park’s 280 acres are divided into 10 segments along 22 miles of the Reelfoot Lake shoreline. The park’s visitor and interpretive centers, auditorium, picnic and camping areas are located along State Highways 21 and 22. For more information, visit http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/reelfoot-lake.  

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