Reelfoot offers deep swamp canoe floats

Reelfoot offers deep swamp canoe floats

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 9:02 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

Reelfoot offers deep swamp canoe floats | Reelfoot offers deep swamp canoe floats
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Reelfoot Lake is ushering in the spring season with one of the more unique adventures offered at the lake — deep swamp canoe floats.
Every weekend through April 30, members of the state park staff will guide half-day canoe floats through seldom-explored areas of Reelfoot Lake.
“From large fish to ducks taking flight to the occasional snake experience, there’s a little excitement around every bend,” West Tennessee regional naturalist David Haggard said. “A variety of birdlife, 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 trip leaves from the Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitors Center at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and at 9 a.m. on Sundays.
There is a $20 charge per canoe and canoeists are encouraged to bring snacks, drinks, a change of clothes, a camera, binoculars and a large waterproof container to store all the items.
There is no charge for the trip for those canoeists who bring their own canoe, according to Haggard.
The weekend trips will take canoeists through an old-growth cypress forest unique to the area. The trip will also travel through a heron rookery and past an American Bald Eagle nest.
Throughout the three-hour canoe trip, an expert naturalist will discuss the history of the area and will identify the aquatic life, birds and other creatures that inhabit the area along the canoe trip.
Reservations for the canoe trips are required and can be made by contacting the Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitors Center at (731) 253-9652.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.28.11

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