Bald eagles aren’t really bald – well you knew that! Their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. During the winter months you can find them soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food, or gathering by the hundreds. Once endangered they are now flourishing, especially in Land between the Lakes (LBL).
In January and February you can be a part of a unique Kentucky Parks tradition and see these majestic birds during Eagle Watch Weekends.
For four decades, the Kentucky State Parks have offered a chance to view the eagles from both land and water while learning about this national symbol, and other wildlife in the area. The park system sponsors this wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park organizes and hosts tours that allow guests to observe and learn about these beautiful birds of prey.
The tours take place at three state resort parks during weekends in January and February, on an excursion yacht and by van. They are led by state park naturalists and staff from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Ticket prices for the weekend tours range from $25 to $65 a person. Most tours last from three, to three and a half hours. The weekend tours include evening programs on Friday and Saturday.
Van tours will stop and may require short walks over uneven ground. Please note that there may not be toilet or facilities available during these tours. Guests should dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear.
Kenlake State Resort Park is also offering brunch cruises on February 5 and 11.
270.362.4271 January 26-28
Luxury Boat Tours $50/person. Experience the beauty of Kentucky Lake on board a luxury cruise ship while you view a diverse range of wildlife from the comfort of indoor cabins and outdoor decks. Interpretive staff from Kentucky Department of Parks and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife will be available to assist in spotting these magnificent birds and to answer questions.
270.924.1131 January 19-21
Yacht tours and van tours to the Land Between the Lakes.
Make your plans now to experience the most awesome bald eagle viewing in Kentucky. Special outings led by knowledgeable staff are arranged to view the majestic birds in the wild by heated yacht and by van. For over 46 years, Eagle Weekends have been devoted to the observation, education, and conservation of our national symbol.
Call the park or email email@example.com to place your reservation.
Eagle Weekend with evening programs February 2-4
Eagle Cruise February 9
Brunch Cruises February 4 & 10
Lunch Cruises February 2 & 10
The CQ Princess allows observation through windows while you are inside, comfortable and warm, or optional viewing from the bow and stern. Staff will be on board helping spot eagles and sharing information about the eagles well as other animals/birds that may be seen. Tours often see between 10 and 45 eagles plus ducks, loons, deer, coyote, fox, and on occasion, golden eagles. Restrooms and complimentary hot chocolate and coffee are available on board. Bring your binoculars and wear warm clothing in case you want to step out on the bow and be prepared to see the beauty of nature!
Friday Evening: Eagles 101 - An introduction to spotting eagles and information about their habitat. Saturday Evening: Live Birds of Prey Eagles Program
Friday Lunch Tour & Program: $70 per person 1pm
Saturday Boat Tour & Program: $55 per person 8am & 1:30pm
Sunday Brunch Cruise: $70 per person 10am
Saturday & Sunday tickets are available to overnight guests only.
February 9 & 10
Enjoy a tour with Interpretive Staff. Tickets open to the public.
Friday Boat Tour: $55 per person
Saturday Brunch Cruise: $70 per person 10am
Saturday Dinner Cruise: $70 per person 4pm
This is also on the CQ Princess (see description above). Bring your binoculars, and wear warm clothing in case you want to step out on the bow.
A special educational opportunity is being offered on February 2 for public, private and home school students aboard the CQ Princess. In addition to wildlife viewing, there will be environmental education activities on the yacht. The fee is $17 per student. The trip is only for student groups and teachers and will start and end at Kenlake State Resort Park. Contact Carey Ruff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guests should bring warm clothes, rain gear and binoculars. These trips can take place under extreme weather conditions. The resorts offer lodges, cottages and restaurants. Registration is required for the Eagle Watch Weekends. Call the parks for registration, details and fee information or visit parks.ky.gov.
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