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Reelfoot Lake State Park to Host Eagle Tours

Monday, January 05, 2015 | 03:40am

Tours Available Seven Days a Week Through End of February

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 the end of February.

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 recommended 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 is one of America’s premier wildlife watching adventures,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said. “Visitors can observe eagles flying south from the Great Lakes and isolated regions of Canada to spend the winter in northwest Tennessee. The American Bald Eagle has made this annual winter pilgrimage to Reelfoot for generations.”

In addition to tours, a variety of special programs will be offered every Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the visitor center inside Ellington Hall. Topics will include eagles, Reelfoot Lake history, nature photography, raptor rehabilitation and other birds of prey. For more information, contact 731-253-9652.

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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