Reelfoot Lake was formed on February 7, 1812, due to a major earthquake. This massive natural event created a unique lake and habitat. Beneath the shallow waters lies on old forest which makes up one of the world’s largest natural fish hatcheries. Reelfoot lake is home to 56 species of fish and is a paradise fro both commercial and sports fisherman. Reelfoot’s large water body, some 17,000 acres is a major stopping point for many species of waterfowl migrating to and from Canada. It also provides a winter nesting site for a multitude of American Bald eagles which are drawn to this area by the ice-free waters and abundant fish supply.