Dec 7, 2012

Over the River Race

Paris Landing State Park will once again be featured in the State Parks Running Tour this Saturday with the Over the River Race, planned at 11am at the Park. Special awards will be given to top finishers in male and female categories.

Meal tickets will be available for runners and their supporters, including drink and tax, for the buffet lunch at the Park Restaurant. Runners who have not already registered for the race can still do so the day of the event before 11am.

For more information or to volunteer to help work the race, call the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 642-3431.

See the bridge they'll be running over in the post just below this one.

Great Weather!

We’ve had some great weather lately for adventure touring. Great roads, wonderful views and perfect weather for a ride!

Photo from Randy Collins a.k.a. Treemuncher.

Nov 29, 2012

Christmas By the Lake

Make plans to come to the lake this weekend.  Lots of cool Arts & Crafts.  Great presents!

Nov 20, 2012

Catch of the Day

Local fisherman Edd Risner caught these bass on a store bought modified top water bait.  Nice!

Nov 15, 2012

Ch ch ch changes

We are making some changes to our website. If you encounter problems in the next few days, please try again.



Nov 7, 2012

Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Richard Graves of Buchanan, Tennessee for winning several spots in the Paris Landing State Park & Friends of Paris Landing 2012 Fall Photo Contest including Best of Show, 1st Place Wildlife, 1st Place Plant Life, and 1st Place Black & White.

Other winners included:

Hannah Fry of Buchanan, Tn for 2nd Place Wildlife

Beverly Hicks of Camden, Tn for 3rd Place Wildlife, 2nd Place Sports

Donnie Carson of Paris, Tn for 2nd Place Plant Life, 3rd Place Plant Life, 3rd Place Sports

Linda M. Haag of Buchanan, Tn for 1st Place People in Parks, 2nd Place Scenery

Scarlett Mann of Dover, Tn for 2nd Place People in Parks, 3rd Place Scenery

Dawn Duke of McKenzie, Tn for 3rd Place People in Parks

Debbie McDorman of Springville, Tn for 1st Place Scenery, 2nd Place Black & White

Pam Chmelik of Camden, Tn for 1st Place Sports

Trey Mann of Dover, Tn for 3rd Place Black & White

Click here to view all the photos.


Oct 31, 2012

Tour de Paris??

The Paris Landing Tourism League is seeking support from you and our community leaders from Paris, Dover and Land Between the Lakes for a professional, competitive bicycle race called Tour de Paris

Planners are looking at late August, 2013 for the first race. August is when tourism around Paris Landing usually takes a dip, so this should be an ideal time for hotels, motels, restaurants, gift shops and other businesses which cater to tourism. The proposed route will start at Paris Landing State Park go to Dover, through Land Between The Lakes, then to Paris along Highway 79, then back to finish at Paris Landing State Park.

Delvon Campbell and John Ismail
shopping in downtown Paris, Tennessee. 
Sara Johnson, President of PLTL; Jim Napier, local supporter; Delvon Campbell and John Ismail - both are professional bicycle race organizers from Miami - met with community leaders this past Monday to ask for their support. Johnson has also spent several weeks discussing logistics for police, barricades and EMS works with representatives from USA Cycling through which the race will be sanctioned.

“The vision of USA Cycling is to make the United States of America the most successful country in the world of competitive cycling. USA Cycling is comprised of over 2,500 clubs and teams; and 70,800 licensees which include officials, coaches, mechanics, race directors, and competitive cyclists of all ages and abilities across all five disciplines of the sport. “  Quoted from their website.

“I want to create this as a cycling destination,” Napier said. “We need something here other than fishing tournaments.” He forecasted that once cyclists were introduced to the area, they would return to train and vacation. Napier said he plans the race to take place during a weekend with an amateur race Friday and the professional race on Saturday.

If approved, the contract for USA Cycling to sanction the race, would be for five years.

We hope they come to play with us. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

USA Cycling can be found on Facebook or their website at:

Oct 23, 2012

Guess who came to play at Paris Landing???

Pro Angler Jacob Wheeler
Winner of the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup!

Thanks to Fishtale Lodge for the photo.


Halloween Fun!




Antioch United Methodist Church


3116 W. Antioch


Springville, TN




Treats, refreshments, games, drawing for a prize.

Oct 21, 2012

Strike King Writers Conference

Looks like the boys from the Strike King Writers Conference have been having a good time this week!

Thanks to Sharon Seaton at the Fishtale Lodge for the photos!

Oct 18, 2012

Back to the Old 23rd

Department of the Interior/ U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
3006 Dinkins Lane / Paris, TN 38242
Telephone731-642-2091 / FAX 731-644-3351

For Immediate Release
Contact: Joan Stevens

Refuge celebrates “Back to the Old 23rd”
This time as a fundraiser for historic Mt. Zion Church Restoration

Nestled in a wilder part of Henry County, stands an old historic church called Mt. Zion Church. Established in the 1850’s, the current building was built in 1897. A walk among the grounds gets you to humming the tune “Come to the Church in the Wildwood”. A step inside transfers you back to a time when life was simpler, harder, yet somehow more pure. You can almost see the congregation sitting there, ladies to one side and gentlemen on the other, listening to a fire and brimstone sermon delivered by a circuit rider preacher. No one worships there today, but oh what a connection it still has to the community, and what a great historic old place.

Mt. Zion Church was an active Baptist church at the old 23rd voting district up until the creation of Kentucky Lake and the refuge in 1945. The old church now stands as a unique part of refuge, which was instrumental in getting it placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1974. However, over the years this church has fallen into disrepair and is in danger of ruin if steps towards restoration are not taken soon. The refuge, not having complete funds for this historic restoration have called upon the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge to assist in getting community support for this effort. They are sponsoring the event as a community fundraiser for the church restoration work.

Therefore, on Saturday, October 27th from 12:00 – 5:30 pm, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge would like to invite you to an old fashioned church style “picnic on the grounds”at the Mt. Zion Church on the Big Sandy Peninsula. The picnic will include a hog roast, hamburgers, hotdogs, lemonade and all the fixings. There will be a speaker, hayrides, horseshoes, pitching washers, bingo, making rag dolls, sack races and the like, all to save this old historic church.

This event will ask folks to donate $5.00/person and bring a side dish to share. The day will begin with a “Picnic on the Grounds” from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. A hog donated by Tosh Farms will be cooked slowly all night for the hog roast. The Friends of TNWR will also be providing hamburgers, hotdogs and lemonade. If you attend the picnic, the public is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. The old fashioned style church picnic will be served outside along the sweeping lawn in front of the church. The servers for this picnic will be dressed in 1850’s costumes. Those attending the picnic will have plenty of time to explore the old church and the cemetery that lies beyond.

At 1:00 pm the featured speaker will be Larry Perry, author, historian who wrote the book “A Pictorial History of the Old 23rd District” which is a biography of the people and history of the Big Sandy Peninsula. After the speaker, the refuge will give a synopsis of report done by the National Park Service Historic Preservation Center in 2011. This is a detailed report of the current assessment, what needs to be done to the church and what it will cost to restore the structure. This fundraiser will be for the first and most important phase of the restoration that will keep the church from its current decline.

The afternoon will offer several concurrent activities from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in which the public can participate. Beginning at Mt. Zion church there will be hayrides interpretive hayrides led by Larry Perry. On the grounds will be many activities such as would happen at an old fashioned church gathering. The Friends video-taping and interviewing those folks that might remember stories of this unique place called the Old 23rd.

Nearby the church, visitors are also encouraged to hike along the newly restored Chickasaw National Recreation Trail or visit the Bennett’s Creek Observation Deck or simply drive along the road and enjoy the natural beauty of fall.

To find out more information about the sponsor group for the event, the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, or to find a map to this event, please visit their website at

To get to the Big Sandy Peninsula, the public will need to take highway 69A from Camden or Paris to the town of Big Sandy. Take Lick Creek Road from Big Sandy driving north for 12 miles. Turn left onto gravel at the refuge entrance sign and drive north for 1.5 miles turning left at Mt. Zion church. For more information about this event or Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge please contact the Paris headquarters at
731-642-2091 or visit the refuge website at

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, encompasing over 51,000 acres, is located on Kentucky Lake in northwest Tennessee. The refuge’s three units: Big Sandy, Duck River and Busseltown stretch for 65 miles along the Tennessee River. Established in 1945, the refuge is one of the older refuges in the country. It is managed as an important resting and feeding area for wintering waterfowl. The diversity of habitats found on the refuge units provide ample feeding, nesting and resting areas for 306 bird species, 51 types of mammals, 89 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 144 species of fish. A hotspot for fish diversity, this refuge can boast a greater fish species diversity than any other inland national wildlife refuge in the country. The primary management objective on the refuge is to provide food and protection for wintering migratory waterfowl.

Oct 16, 2012

Waiting On Fall


Any minute now we expect the scenery at Paris Landing will explode with color.  The photo on the left was taken a couple of years ago, but we expect the scenery to be just as spectacular this year.

And while everyone knows we're all about fishing, golfing, hunting and playing in the water ...
sometimes it's nice just to walk down a peaceful, quiet beach,

or country road.
We have lots of both.
Wouldn't you like to be here?
Come play with us.

Oct 14, 2012

Pelican Playground

Not on the coast or the gulf, not in Florida or Texas, but here ….
at Paris Landing are many White Pelicans -
just relaxing.
Where's everyone going?
King and Queen of the Pelicans we;  No other Birds so grand we see!
None but we have feet like fins!  With lovely leathery throats and chins!
From “The Pelican Chorus” by Edward Lear
Come play with us ... and the Pelicans ... at Paris Landing.

A special thanks to Richard Graves for the photos.  Please visit his website here.

Oct 3, 2012

Flag Poles Installed at Community Building

Volunteer firemen from the Paris Landing Community Fire Department help with the flag pole installation at the Paris Landing Community building.

Sep 30, 2012

Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off

What fun we had!

The Grillin' & Chillin' Cookin' Team won the $700 Grand Prize!

To see more photos and a complete list of the winners, click here!

We'll be doing it again next September.  So make your plans now!

Sep 28, 2012

Eye Full of Paris Weekend

It’s music. It’s theater. It’s art. It’s the annual Eye Full of Paris Weekend in historic Downtown Paris. Celebrating visual and performing arts, the event takes place the last full weekend each September and is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA).

Sep 17, 2012

Motorcycles & BBQ! This must be heaven!

You don’t want to miss the grand southern hospitality and thousands of dollars in cash prizes awarded this coming weekend at Paris Landing State Park at the Mid-South Motorcycle Festival and Boss Hoss National Rally and Burnout BBQ Cook Off.   September 20 through 22, 2012.  All bikers are welcome but you don’t have to own a bike to participate or join in the fun.

Motorcycle enthusiast from around the world travel will be traveling to the shores of magnificent Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park.   With more than 22 years of history behind the awe-inspiring Boss Hoss motorcycles, taking a test ride and feasting your eyes on the largest gathering of chrome and two- and three- wheeled horsepower is breathtaking.

This will be three action-packed days of entertainment for everyone. Thousands of dollars in prize money will be up for grabs in the daily motorcycle events. Patrons will enjoy vending, parades, bike show, musical entertainment and nightly social functions. Topping off the weekend’s events a drawing supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children will make one lucky individual the proud new owner of a 2012 Boss Hoss Trike.

Open & Free to the Public
Vendor Village & Daily Entertainment
Fun for the Whole Family
Boss Hoss Factory Demo Rides - Ride the ALL NEW 2013 Models
Boss Hoss Burnout BBQ Cook Off
Cash Prize Poker & Dice Runs
McDonald & Lowes Kids Zone
Live Entertainment ~ MC Parade
Shriners “Trike-Give-A-Way” & Much More!

Tentative Public Schedule
Registered attendees need to see schedule at
Thursday (September 20, 2012)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Boss Hoss Factory Demo Rides (one hour break for Lunch at noon)
12:00 pm to 5:00pm: Vender / Event Area open & free to Public

Friday (September 21, 2012)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Boss Hoss Factory Demo Rides (one hour break for Lunch at noon)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Vender / Event Area open & free to Public.
10:30 am: Motorcycle Parade departs from Paris Landing Event Area to downtown Paris, TN Court Square
11:45 am to 12:30pm: Judging for ® Boss Hoss Bike & Trike Show (People’s Choice Voting)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: “Ray Lewis Band” performing and Food Vending at downtown Paris, TN Court Square
1:00 pm: ® Bike Show Awards Presentation on Stage at downtown Paris, TN Court Square
1:00 pm: Registration for ® $1,000 Dice Run at downtown Paris, TN Court Square
5:30 pm: $1,000 Dice Run, Last Bikes In (Ending at Paris Landing Event Area)

Saturday - THE BIG DAY - (September 22, 2012)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm: Boss Hoss Factory Demo Rides (one hour break for Lunch at noon)
8:00 am to 5:30 pm: Vender / Event Area open & free to Public.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Paris Landing Tourism League “Boss Hoss Burnout BQQ Cook-Off Competition”
9:30 am: Registration for $2,000 Poker Run at Paris Landing Event Area
10:00 am to 2:00 pm: McDonald & Lowes Kids Zone plus Face painting, bow making and hair art.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm: BBQ People’s Choice Contest *
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm: “TBA” performing on the Paris Landing State Park amphitheater stage
5:30 pm: $2,000 Poker Run Last Bike IN at Paris Landing Event Area
5:45 pm: Awards presentation for BBQ Cook-Off at the Paris Landing State Park amphitheater stage
9:00 pm: Awards presentation for $2,000 Poker Run
10:05 pm: Drawing for $500 Sponsors Punch Card Award
10:15 pm: Shriners Hospitals for Children drawing for 2012 Boss Hoss Trike

* Be Sure to join in the People's Choice Contest on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm! Buy a $5.00 wrist band and try each teams People's Choice entry. It can be anything they want to prepare on the grill! Pick your favorite and place your ticket in the team box! You will NOT be disappointed!! We have BBQ to veggies and sometimes they throw in some dessert. You just never know what the cooks will come up with. Come on out!

For more information on the bikefest go to or or call 731-286-4915.

For more information on the Burnout BBQ Cook Off go to

Come play with us!

Sep 15, 2012

It's all over, but here are the results for

Was held September 20, 21 & 22, 2012

at Paris Landing State Park

BBQ Cook Off Categories & Prizes:

CategoryPrizeWinners!A special thanks to our sponsors.
Grand Champion$700 & TrophyGrillin & ChillinFoundation Bank
Indoor Comfort
Paris Landing Tourism League
People's Choice- Food$50 & TrophyBig Bottom
Grilling Team
Henry County Medical Center
People's Choice -
$50 & PlaqueBig Bottom
Grilling Team
Lakeview Grocery
Pulled Pork1st Place $200 & PlaqueBig Bottom
Grilling Team
Mike's Muffler
Pulled Pork2nd Place $75Ash KickersDry Dock Grill
Pulled Pork3rd Place $50Angry PigsLake Associates Realtors
Chicken1st Place $200 & PlaqueGrillin & ChillinMike's Muffler
Chicken2nd Place $75Ash KickersDry Dock Grill
Chicken3rd Place $50Martin HealthcareLake Associates Realtors
Ribs1st Place $200 & PlaqueGrillin & ChillinMeo Mios of Paris Landing
Ribs2nd Place $75Ash KickersDry Dock Grill
Ribs3rd Place $50Pirate PorkLake Associates Realtors
We'll be doing it again September, 2013!
Hope to see you then!

Sep 10, 2012

Lakeview Grill

Casual Dining with a friendly atmosphere.

Phone 731-642-7637 for carry out.
Long-time owner, Linda Sutherland with Steve Wright - solving
the world's problems one cup of coffee at a time.
Make mine the "Mama Omelet".
Lakeview Grill
Behind Lakeview Grocery, next to Paris Landing Motel
15555 Highway 79 N., Buchanan, Tn  38222

Sep 6, 2012

Noon On the Square

Every September the folks in downtown Paris have a little party around our courthouse and it's called "Noon On the Square."  It's sponsored by Commercial Bank.

You bring a chair or sit on the steps of our beautiful courthouse.  They provide a band and music for your entertainment.

Beverages are available from the Downtown Paris Association.  (All these photos are from last year.  Can't wait to see what we get this year.)

Food! Yes they have food! Can you smell how wonderful this is.   Food is provided by Project Graduation.
Every noon in September on the courthouse lawn in downtown Paris, Tennessee.
 You never know who you will run into ... so, y'all come!
Tomorrow, Friday, September 7th is the first one.
Music will be provided by Branded Country.

Follow Noon On The Square on Facebook


Sep 5, 2012

Photo Contest

Paris Landing State Park
"The Friends of Paris Landing"

2012 Fall Photo Contest

September 1 - October 15, 2012


Foundation Bank

We get letters ...

... that make us proud.  We're so glad Foundation Bank is here to play with us!

You can join us and show your support for Paris Landing too for as little as $25.00 per year.  Click here for details.

Sep 1, 2012

Wounded Warrior

We get letters ....

.... that make us very proud.  What an honor it was to have the Wounded Warriors fishing with us at Paris Landing.

Aug 25, 2012

Fishing From The Banks


Fishing from the banks of Kentucky Lake and the Tennessee River is a common practice around here.  It doesn't require any special equipment  - just a fishing pole and a lure or some bait.  It can be very relaxing ~ or exciting!

This photo was taken on the Saturday of the Sealy Outdoor / McDonald Big Bass Splash.  I was standing on one of the piers and called across the water, "Are you catching anything?" and the young man told me he was trying to catch "monster" fish.  I hope he did.

We have miles and miles of banks from which you can fish.  Come play with us!

Aug 22, 2012

Making Memories

Meet the family of Richard Graves.  They came to play with us from Minnesota, Arizona, Ohio, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

How long do you think they'll remember this vacation??

Probably forever.

We have something for everyone, all ages, every generation.

Even your dog.

Come play with us at Paris Landing and make a few memories of your own.

See more Richard Graves photos here.

Aug 19, 2012

It's All Over

1st Annual Sealy Outdoors / McDonald's Big Bass Splash!

Rickey Hale of Dover
Congratulations to the Top 5 Winners of the McDonald's Big Bass Splash.

1st Place: Rickey Hale, Dover, TN-7.94 pounds
Prize: 012 Triton Bass Boat Powered by Mercury, equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Navionics and Power Pole.

2nd Place: George Jeane Jr , Evans, LA- 6.63 pounds, Prize: $2,500.00

3rd Place: Brandon Libbert, New Burgh, IN- 6.33 pounds, Prize: $2,000.00

4th Place: Mark Goodridge, Burlington, KY-6.05 pounds, Prize: $1,500.00

5th Place: Mike Coy, Indian Mound, TN-5.64 pounds, Prize: $1,000.00

Get all the results at:

Photos and more details on their Facebook page at:!/pages/Sealy-Outdoors/125259789262

Notice the heading on this story says “1st Annual.“     Sealy Outdoors has been producing the largest amateur fishing tournaments in fishing history since 1984 and we are thrilled they have already made plans to come back to Paris Landing next year and do it again!

Paris Landing volunteers Anne Cullen and Sharon Seaton.

Thanks to everyone - anglers, spectators, vendors - who came to support this very special event. And a really big, special thanks to Bob Sealy and the Sealy Outdoors team for everything they do.

Thank you for coming to play with us at Paris Landing!