Memphis Magazine

Walnut Grove Lake was featured in the January 2015 issue of Memphis Magazine in an article written by our own Cindy Dixon Conner. We even made the cover!! Follow the link to read the article.


Upcoming Events

Fourth of July Festivities

   Mailbox Judging
      Friday, June 30, 2017

   Fishing Rodeo
   Boat Parade
       Saturday, July 1, 2017 




Independence Day Festivities!

Hi neighbors. It’s time to get ready for this year’s Independence Day festivities! This year all festivities will be held on Saturday, July 1. Following the Fishing Rodeo in the morning and the Boat and Anything That Floats Parade in the early evening, we will again be awed by our annual Fireworks Display. This year’s fireworks will be better than ever as the Board voted to increase the budget!

The show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Three warning shots will be fired five minutes before the fireworks will begin. All parks will be open for picnicking, grilling and/or throwing out a blanket for viewing. Port-a-Potties will be provided.

Gates to the dam will be closed at 2:00 to allow the pyrotechnics team to set up. There will be NO PARKING ALLOWED in Farrell Park or Simpson Park on that day. If viewing by boat, please stay near the north end of the lake as fallout from the fireworks can cause damage to boats and people, and if you come too close, the Fire Marshall may shut down the display. This is important! Do not bring your boats too close to the dam!

This is the most anticipated and fun-filled event of the year and many families will be hosting parties. Have guests come early to cheer on their favorite boat or grill some hotdogs at the parks. A $60.00 donation is requested from each family to cover the expense of the fireworks. However, a contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 1450, Cordova, TN 38088 or dropped off at 8497 Bergen Cove. After a day of fishing, boating, eating and playing, we can relax, sit back and enjoy our very own WGL Fireworks!!! Happy 4th to all of us!!!

WGLHA July 4th Mailbox Decorating Contest

We are looking forward to another 4th of July mailbox contest at Walnut Grove Lake. This year we won't do any particular theme, just show us your American pride! We will be judging the afternoon of Friday June 30 so make sure your mailboxes are decorated and ready by that morning.

-Cydney Cunningham

Walnut Grove Lake Fishing Rodeo - July 1, 2017

For the 2017 annual July 4th WGLHA fishing rodeo, the grand prize winner will win a fishing tackle package worth over $400 and a fishing lesson from me (Ron Wong) on Walnut Grove Lake. Great news, you don’t have to catch a fish to have the opportunity to win this package, just enter the rodeo on the morning of July 1st at Simpson Park beginning at 8 a.m.


  • Grand prize will be worth $400 vs. $300 in years past.
  • Each person MUST be registered by no later than 9:30 a.m. to be eligible for grand   prize and door prize drawings.
  • Each person entered by 9:30 a.m. will receive a SWAG gift (free entry stuff).

Fishing will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 with weigh-in ceremonies beginning at that time. This year, prizes will be awarded for: most bass (all bass must be under 14 inches) – 2 places (one place adult and one place for under 12 years), most fish (includes bream, crappie, tilapia and stripes) - 3 places (boy under 12, girl under 12 and overall), largest catfish – 1 place.

There will be numerous door prizes to be given by drawing and you must be present to win. Thank you to the following companies for providing donations: Peanut Craft Lure Company, Strike King Lure Company, Sportsman Warehouse, Bass Pro Shops, Lew’s Fishing, Gene Larew/Bobby Garland and Outdoors with Larry Rea Radio Show.

Hope to see you all at the WGLHA Fishing Rodeo!!!

-Ron Wong

WGLHA Boat and Anything That Floats Parade

Boats should meet at the fishing pier at the dam by 6:00 p.m. The parade starts there and cruises past the boat landing at Farrell Park, up the east side of the lake showing off their “stuff.” Cross over to the west side of the lake up around the Walnut Grove Road end and come back down the west side and past the judging stand at Dottie Cull and Thara Burana’s home (second point from the dam on lot 18). Then follow the shoreline around to Little Park and Simpson Park for the spectators at the parks, and back to the dam to complete the voyage. 

Margie McMillan will be the “Grand Marshall” - please follow her past the boat landing and into the Little Park and Simpson Park coves. These are the only locations where spectators who don’t live on the lake can watch the parade, since the dam will be closed by then because of the fireworks.

Prize categories are: Most Patriotic, Best Self-Propelled, Best Music, Most Spirited, Best Decorated, Best Kids’ Boat, Best BRIBE!!!, GRAND CHAMPION, Honorable Mentions, and perhaps a surprise category or two. Prizes/Ribbons (and bragging rights) will be delivered as soon as possible after the parade.

All boats must have WGL + Lot Number on both sides. (That’s how the judges identify the entries.) Last year’s entries were fantastically patriotic, musical and a whole bunch of silly fun. Let’s all enjoy them again this year. Spectators can enjoy wonderful views from the boat landing at Farrell Park, Little Park and Simpson Park.

-Jeanie Velarde