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St. Francis Sunken Lands Lake between Marked Tree and Trumann, AR
58.5 miles, 1 hour 4 minutes from Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN
This is a large open cypress stand that goes for miles. The origin and characteristics of the area are similar to Reelfoot lake. However, it’s closer to Memphis and the cypress stands are more open to paddling. Some background information is here.
Minimum/Maximum Levels for safe paddling
Paddling experiences at stages between 10.5 ft and 14 ft on the Oak Donnick gage have been fine. Minimum and maximum levels are not known at this time.
Put-Ins, Take Outs
Places to Stop, Camp and Services
Highlights of the Paddle
We paddle out the chute toward the main lake and cut through the cypress stand toward the north end of the lake.
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Potential Danger Spots
Due to very strong currents, it is dangerous to paddle at the railroad trestle near the mouth of the lake. We have been told that a fishing boat with a moderately powerful outboard can barely make headway through this area. Our paddles always head north from the launch.