Reelfoot Lake

Tiptonville, TN

Formed after New Madrid Earthquake


Bald Cypress Trees

Photo taken by Steve Conro



Street View 


According to the USGS Reelfoot Lake was formed when the region subsided during the New Madrid earthquakes of 18111812. Several eyewitnesses reported that the Mississippi River flowed backward for 1024 hours to fill the lake. The earthquakes resulted in several major changes in the landforms over a widespread area with shocks being felt as far away as Quebec. Also noted for its Bald Cypress Trees.

Update Log 

  • May 3, 2021: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • April 1, 2012: Added by Steve Conro