National Natural Landmarks
Reelfoot Lake is an area of cypress swamps, sawgrass jungles, water lily glades and scattered bodies of open water. This mosaic of habitats was formed in the winter of 1811-12 as a result of shocks known as the New Madrid earthquake, the most severe of any recorded in the country. Located within the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge and Reelfoot Lake State Natural Area, the site contains domes, sunken lands, fissures, sinks, sand blows and large landslides.
Year designated: 1966
Ownership: Federal, State
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