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2 Reelfoot Lake canoe trips included on October schedule

2 Reelfoot Lake canoe trips included on October schedule
Three fall canoe trips are being planned this month in West Tennessee, one on the Wolf River in Shelby County and two outings on Reelfoot Lake.
The canoe trips are being planned in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Tennessee Natural Areas Act.
A guided canoe trip on the Wolf River, through the Ghost River State Natural Area, is scheduled for Saturday.
Participants will meet at the Bateman Bridge takeout in Moscow at 9:30 a.m. that day. Most of the vehicles will be left there for the day and there will be a shuttle to take the canoeists to the launch point at Yager Road in LaGrange.
The trip will begin at 10 a.m. and the journey will focus on the history, diversity and beauty of the Ghost River Natural Area.
The trip will cover about nine miles and has some fast sections, so some paddling experience is recommended.
Participants should bring lunch and water for the trip. Sunscreen, bug spray and carpooling also are recommended.
The canoe trip will last about six to seven hours.
The deadline for reservations is Thursday or until the trip roster is full. More detailed information will be provided when reservations are made.
There will also be two guided canoe trips through the Reelfoot Lake State Natural Area.
An afternoon canoe trip on Reelfoot Lake is scheduled for 3 on Oct. 29 and there will be a morning canoe trip starting at 9 on Oct. 30.
Participants will meet at the state park’s Visitors Center on Highway 22 West.
The Reelfoot Lake canoe trips will focus on the fall colors and White Pelican migration, mixing in a little history about Tennessee state natural areas, state parks and the 200th anniversary of the formation of Reelfoot Lake, according to David Haggard, regional naturalist for Tennessee State Parks.
The Reelfoot Lake canoe trips are on flat water, but some upper-body strength is required as the trips will last about three hours.
Participants are encouraged to bring a snack and water for these canoe trips as well. Sunscreen and bug spray are also recommended.
The deadline for reservations is Oct. 27 or until the trip roster is full. Reservations for the trip are required
Canoes, life jackets and paddles will be provided or visitors can bring their own canoes or kayaks.
To sign up for any of the upcoming canoe trips, call the Reelfoot Lake Visitors Center at (731) 253-9652.
For more information, email Robin.Wooten@tn.gov or David.Haggard@tn.gov. Published in The Messenger 10.12.11

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