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Eagle Viewing Opportunities

December 18, 2015 | Press Release from Land Between The Lakes

During January and February, van tours and Kentucky Lake cruises will take visitors to several bald eagle viewing hot spots around the 170,000-acre Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. In addition to bald eagles, visitors will likely see native wildlife such as ducks, turkeys, deer, and herons. Land Between The Lakes partners with Kenlake State Resort Park to host a weekend of brunch and lunch cruises on Kentucky Lake January 16-18 on the CQ Princess, a 96-foot luxury yacht.

Reservations and full deposits are required for all trips. The popularity of eagle excursions calls for early reservations. A full listing of eagle viewing activities can be found below and online at www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us/calendar/, checking for links on the homepage, or typing “eagle” into the search bar on the official website. 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,” stated 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 2015, biologists counted close to 150 bald eagles wintering in the Land Between The Lakes area, as well as 24 active nests. Eagle van tours andKentucky Lake cruises give visitors a chance to view these majestic birds in their natural habitat. *Editor's note: For a full view of the Eagle Viewing dates and other events please visit our Events Page.

Eagle Viewing River Cruises:

  • Sat., Jan. 16, Brunch Cruise, 8:30-11:30am
  • Sat., Jan. 16, Lunch Cruise, 1-4pm
  • Sun., Jan. 17, Lunch Cruise, 11am-2pm
  • Mon., Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Lunch Cruise, 11am-2pm

Eagle Viewing Van Tours:

  • Sat., Jan. 9, 1-4:30pm
  • Sat., Jan. 30, 1:30-5pm
  • Sun., Jan. 31, 1:30-5pm
  • Sat., Feb. 6, 9-12:30pm
  • Sat., Feb. 6, 1:30-5pm
  • Sat., Feb. 13, 1:30-5pm

Winter Birding Hotspots of Land Between The Lakes Van Tour:

  • Sat., Jan. 16, 8:30-11:30am

Northern Land Between The Lakes Eagle Van Tour:

  • Sat., Jan. 16, 1:30-5pm

Express Eagle Viewing Van Tour:

  • Sat., Jan. 17, 3-5pm

Family-friendly Eagle Van Tour:

  • Sun., Feb. 7, 1:30-5pm
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to www.friendsoflbl.org. To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to LBLinfo@fs.fed.us. Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature,@LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes, and Pinterest www.pinterest.com/lblnra. Photos are available on Flickr for downloading athttps://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/sets.

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Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Teresa Gemeinhardt

The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird that is common to The Land Between The Lakes region. You're likely to find them near fruiting trees and shrubs.