As the story goes, Cuba Landing was given its name by a native Cuban traveling from New Orleans because the area reminded him of his home. The first general store was established in 1830 when the Cuba Landing area was a popular river port for shipping crops such as peanuts, corn and hay. Musselling was also an important part of the local economy in the early days.
Today, Blue Creek and Cuba Landing are a part of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. More than 5,000 acres of the refuge is planted each year with corn, milo, soy-beans and winter wheat to support hundreds of species of birds and waterfowl. Even the threatened Southern Bald Eagle now makes a home here.
The waters are a fisherman's paradise from crappie, bass and catfish to the evasive sauger. White-tailed deer, racoon and squirrels, minks and beavers are present in the refuge area.