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.