Lakes & Rivers
Calling all boaters, paddlers, swimmers and fisherman. No matter how you choose to enjoy Tennessee's lakes and rivers, come on in. The water is fine!
Have a craving for adventure? How about a day--or a week--set aside for family fun? Or, maybe you just yearn for time alone with your fishing pole. No matter what kind of aquatic thrills you have in mind, Tennessee has lakes and rivers to fit your fancy.
From small ponds and enormous lakes to free-flowing rivers and streams, Tennessee overflows with opportunity for fantastic water recreation. Find a cove on Cherokee Lake and ski on glass-smooth water any time of the day. Pack your lures and make for the Clinch River, well reputed for some of the nation's best fly-fishing. Get your adrenaline pumping with an action-packed rafting adventure on the Ocoee River. Bring the whole family and explore the state's largest natural lake, Reelfoot Lake.
No matter how you decide to enjoy Tennessee's lakes and rivers, you are guaranteed to never run out of wet and wonderful waterways.
Lichterman Nature Center
Located in the heart of metropolitan Memphis, the Center features exciting new exhibits, lush gardens featuring native wildflowers and trees, a forest boardwalk three stories high and a tradition of excellence in environmental education set in the midst of 65 acres of lake, meadow and forest. Home to a wide variety of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, Lichterman is an urban nature center, easily accessible to the people who need it the most, the people who live in the city. ...more
The Little River is a scenic Tennessee river containing spectacular scenery, with the first 18 miles located within Great Smoky Mountains National Park borders, and the remaining 33 miles flowing out of the mountains through Blount County to join the Tennessee River at Fort Loudon Lake in Knox County. Fish either the east or the middle fork (or "prong," in mountain usage) of the Little River to experience the joy of the quintessential Smoky Mountain trout stream. ...more
Lock A Recreation Area
A beach and additional playgrounds are available in the adjacent Cheatham Dam Right Bank Recreation Area. Registered campers may also use the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, which ends at Lock A. ...more
Long Hunter State Park
Significant for both its natural and historic aspects, Long Hunter State Park is a popular spot on J. Percy Priest Lake for picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation. ...more
Loree Guest Ranch
A horse lover's paradise, Loree Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast has your ideal vacation house and cabins at Big South Fork, Tennessee. Wake up to the aroma of homemade muffins, fruit and freshly brewed coffee. ...more
Lower Hatchie Wildlife Refuge
Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) sits along the lower 17 miles of the Hatchie River in western Tennessee. Unlike most Mississippi River tributaries that have been straightened and levees constructed for flood control, the Hatchie River remains the longest continuous stretch of naturally meandering river in the lower Mississippi River Valley. ...more
Lucius Burch Natural Area
The natural area is a remnant of historic river meanders, bald cypress-water tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, and open river channel habitat. Unfortunately, much of this ecosystem has been significantly altered as a result of change in hydrology and the invasion of common privet, an invasive exotic pest plant. ...more
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. ...more
Mississippi River Corridor
The opportunity for recreation within the Mississippi River Corridor is great for the outdoor enthusiast! Individuals can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating, backpacking, picnicking, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, and sightseeing throughout the Mississippi River Corridor. We also have within the Corridor four great state parks: T. ...more
Mississippi River Corridor - Tennessee, Inc.
<p>The mission of the Mississippi River Corridor - Tennessee, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization, is to identify, conserve and interpret the region's natural, cultural and scenic resources to improve the quality of life and prosperity in West Tennessee. We provide managed access and national marketing for the Great River Road National Scenic Byway in Tennessee. ...more