Land Between the Lakes to Host Bald Eagle Viewing Tours and Cruises
January 7, 2020 | Staff Report
Golden Pond, Kentucky - Friends of Land Between the Lakes will host bald eagle viewing cruises and van tours for the public in January and February 2020.
Kentucky Lake eagle viewing cruises will be hosted on the CQ Princess, a 96-foot, double-decker luxury yacht, on January 18, 19 and 20, 2020, all departing from Kenlake Marina at Kenlake State Resort Park, 888 Kenlake Marina Road, Hardin, Kentucky 42048. Each cruise includes a hot catered meal and opportunities for great views of bald eagles. On-board naturalists from the Woodlands Nature Station will help you spot eagles and other wildlife as well as tell the inspiring story of the bald eagle's comeback from the brink of extinction in western Kentucky. In addition to bald eagles, visitors will likely see native wildlife such as ducks, turkeys, deer and herons.
Eagle Viewing River Cruises:
Saturday, January 18, Brunch Cruise, 8:30 - 11:30 am
Saturday, January 18, Lunch Cruise, 1 - 4 pm
Sunday, January 19, Brunch Cruise, 8:30 - 11:30 am
Sunday, January 19, Lunch Cruise, 1 - 4 pm
Monday, January 20, Lunch Cruise, 11 am - 2 pm
Van tours throughout January and February will explore favorite Land Between the Lakes bays, shorelines and roosting spots of bald eagles. Search for these majestic birds as they soar through the sky and perch in the trees, and perhaps even catch one in action while hunting. Woodlands Nature Station naturalists will help you spot eagles and other wildlife, as well as zoom in with spotting scopes for a closer look.
Eagle Viewing Van Tours:
Saturday, January 4, 1:30 - 5 pm
Sunday, January 5, 1:30 - 5 pm
Saturday, January 11, 1:30 - 5 pm
Sunday, January 12, 1:30 - 5 pm
Saturday, January 18, 8 - 11:30 am
Saturday, January 18, 1:30 - 5 pm
Sunday, January 19, 1:30 - 5 pm
Saturday, January 25, 2 - 5:30 pm
Sunday, January 26, 2 - 5:30 pm
Saturday, February 1, 9 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, February 1, 2 - 5:30 pm
Sunday, February 2, 2 - 5:30 pm
Reservations and full deposits are required for all van tours and cruises. The popularity of eagle excursions calls for early reservations. A full listing of eagle viewing activities can be found at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/attractions/nature-station/. Call 270.924.2020 to reserve your tour.
“Land Between the Lakes serves as a major wintering spot for bald eagles from northern areas such as Michigan and Canada,” states John Pollpeter, Nature Station’s Lead Naturalist. “Since Kentucky and Barkley lakes remain unfrozen throughout winter, they attract northern bald eagles looking for open water where they can find fish. The 300 miles of undeveloped, forested shoreline at Land Between the Lakes provides eagles with the ideal habitat they need to thrive.”
In 2018, biologists counted close to 140 bald eagles wintering in the Land Between the Lakes area, as well as 30 active nests. The eagle cruises give visitors a chance to view these majestic birds in their natural habitat.
Woodlands Nature Station will also be hosting "The Road Less Travelled" van tours on February 8 and 15, 2020. Join naturalists as they explore the nooks and crannies of Land Land Between the Lakes, discovering wildlife hot spots, scenic vistas and historic jewels tucked away in the landscape. Call 270.924.2020 to reserve your space.