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Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival 2023 – TN

October 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am - October 22, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CDT


Friday, October 20, 2023
Sunday, October 22, 2023

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend at Reelfoot Lake State Park. Each fall thousands of pelicans stop at the lake on their way south for the winter. This festival includes pelican viewing canoe floats and pontoon boat tours. In addition to the beautiful fall colors and pelicans, other highlights include arts and crafts, photo contests, geo-caching, duck decoy painting, a live birds of prey show, vendors, a silent auction and more! On Friday, special programs for schools will be offered. More info here.

Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm

See pelicans up close as they feed and thrive among Reelfoot Lake that has an unmatched ecosystem. The 15,000-acre lake is the only naturally-made lake in Tennessee. Craft vendors, an art and photo contest, and bird of prey programs are featured events at the annual festival.

Free, some activities charge a fee
Reservations and fees are required for Pontoon and Canoe Tours

Go to this link and scroll down to October to see the specific pelican events run by the park and for Vendor forms

Pelican Art & Photo Contest

Reelfoot Lake State Park is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee and is noted for its fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. The 15,000 acre lake was created by a series of violent earthquakes in 1811-1812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards (!) for a short period of time, creating Reelfoot Lake.


Reelfoot Lake State Park
Reelfoot Lake State Park Museum 2595 SR. 21 E.
Tiptonville, TN 38079 United States
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