Canoe trips offered at Reelfoot Lake as normalcy returns

Canoe trips offered at Reelfoot Lake as normalcy returns

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:02 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
It may be the first sign that things are returning to normal at Reelfoot Lake.
Coming up this Memorial Day weekend, deep swamp canoe floats will be offered at the lake.
The holiday weekend will also mark the reopening of the Reelfoot Lake Visitors Center, which has been shut down for the past month, along with all other state park facilities at Reelfoot Lake.
Flooding forced park officials to close the state park and suspend all activities. Now that the floodwaters are receding, park officials are working toward getting things back to normal at the lake.
The deep swamp canoe floats will be offered Saturday through Monday, with departure times set for 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Canoes will be made available for $20 each and each canoe can handle two people.
To make reservations for the guided canoe trips, call the Reelfoot Lake Visitors Center at (731) 253-9652.
“Join our experienced naturalist for a half-day canoe float through seldom explored areas of Reelfoot Lake,” a news release states.
The canoe trips will navigate an old cypress forest and a heron rookery. Canoeists will also pass by an eagle nest during the trip.
The canoe adventure could also provide canoeists with an up-close view of a variety of fish, ducks, songbirds, herons, owls, an eagle and possibly even a snake. The tour guide will point out the various wildlife along the trip.
Once all the floodwaters subside at Reelfoot Lake and state park facilities are cleaned up, more park facilities will open to the public and activities at the park will return to normal, according to a park official.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbow den@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.24.11

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