The Mississippi River Project
Mississippi River Project: Days 11-12 river

We spent our eleventh day in Memphis resting and taking care of business.  On our twelfth day, Harvey Peterson drove us to the Reelfoot Lake Inn, where we would sleep until our journey to Hickman, KY, the following day.

Reelfoot Lake is located in northwest Tennessee.  It is the only natural lake (non-man made lake) in West Tennessee.  It was formed during the 1811-1812 earthquakes that caused the area to subside (sink).  The Mississippi River flowed backwards into Reelfoot, filling the depressed area.  The lake is now one-third (33%) its original size due to sediment loading from agricultural runoff.  The area is the nesting ground for many waterfowl and the American bald eagle.

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