Eagle Watching at Land Between the Lakes

River Cruises, Van Tours... Wait... River Cruises?!?!

One of my personal favorite pastimes is bird watching. I get so caught up in their incredible beauty and gracefulness that I completely lose track of time. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. Time spent with birds is never wasted – it’s time invested.  Invested in beauty, relaxation, enjoyment, and appreciation.
Bird in Flight
When you combine two of my favorite things in the world – birds and Land Between the Lakes – you can count me in.  All in!

Below is a press release from LBL.org that caught my eye… for obvious reasons:

Bundle up in your favorite sweater, come outdoors, and experience the enchanting sights on a bald eagle viewing trip, presented again at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. Van trips and river cruises will be offered.

Several opportunities are available to participate in eagle viewing trips during January and February. LBL guides take visitors to the best wildlife viewing hot spots on the 170,000-acre National Recreation Area. Visitors will most likely see migratory bald eagles, gulls, and other waterfowl, as well as native wildlife species, such as deer and turkey. Enjoy viewing the eagles December through February. Van trips meet and depart from the Golden Pond Visitor Center unless otherwise indicated. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear shoes suitable for moderate walking, and don’t forget to bring binoculars and field guides.

Back by popular demand, LBL hosts a weekend of river cruises January 19-21, including a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day cruise January 21, for up close views of eagles from the water. Despite cold temperatures that usually keep people indoors, bald eagles thrive in winter conditions. What better way to view bald eagles than by relaxing on a river cruise in the comforts of the spacious and beautifully appointed CQ Princess? The 96-foot luxury yacht offers wonderful views from both outside on deck and indoors where it’s toasty warm!

Reservations and full deposits are required for all trips. Because eagle excursions are very popular, early reservations are encouraged. Gift certificates are available.

“LBL is a major wintering spot for bald eagles from northern areas such as Michigan and Canada,” stated Carrie Szwed, Nature Station Public Programs Coordinator. “Due to excellent coordination between state and federal agencies in past years to restore eagle habitats and populations, we have seen tremendous increases in eagles wintering and nesting in this area.”

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and additional information, or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Follow LBL on www.Twitter.com/LBLScreechOwl or www.Twitter.com/LandBtwnLakes.

Bald Eagle Viewing Excursions & Winter Programs
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area

Reservations & full deposits are required for all trips. For more information or to reserve your space, call 270-924-2020 weekdays, 8am-4:30pm.

Van Tours: Moderate walking required. Dress for the weather. Meet and depart from the Golden Pond Visitor Center. ($5 ages 12 & under, $7 ages 13 & up.)

Jan. 5 1-4:30pm
Jan. 6 1-4:30pm
Jan. 12 1-4:30pm
Jan. 13 1-4:30pm
Jan. 27 1:30-5pm
Feb. 2 1:30-5pm
Feb. 3 1:30-5pm
Feb. 10 1:30-5pm

River Cruises: Cruises are $60 per person (meal included). Tours depart from Kenlake State Resort Park Marina. Visit www.cqriverside.com for a peek at the CQ Princess luxury yacht.

Jan. 19 8:30-11:30am (brunch cruise)
Jan. 19 1-4pm (lunch cruise)
Jan. 20 11am-2pm (lunch cruise)
Jan. 21 11am-2pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (lunch cruise)

Other Winter Programs: Call for additional information and prices.

Dec. 15 6am-1:30pm (optional extension until 4:30pm), Audubon Christmas Bird Count
(Meet at Nature Station) Call 270-924-2299 to sign up or for more information.
Jan. 19 8:30-11:30am & 1:30-5pm (full- and half-day trips available), Nature Watch Series: Winter Eagles and Wildlife Van Tour
(Departs from Badgett Theater in Grand Rivers, KY) Reservations & full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020.
Feb. 9 1-3pm, Fort Henry 150th Anniversary Program
(Meet at The Homeplace) Reservations & full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020.
Feb. 16 1-3pm, Iron Furnace Industry in LBL
(Meet at The Homeplace) Reservations & full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020.


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