Eagle Watch Tours
Get on board with some fun wintertime activity!
When you think of winter activities you don't think of going to the Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Have you ever seen Kentucky Lake with ice covering the bays? Have you ever seen ice cycles on the rocks or an ice beard on a yacht? All of this and more awaits you for a comfortable relaxing ride aboard the C Q Princess. This 96 foot yacht operated by the Kentucky Parks Department is a warm and comfortable way to view not just eagles but the ever present gulls, Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, Greater or Lesser Scaups as well as adult and juvenile Bald Eagles. All from the heated comfort of a luxury cruise aboard a yacht. There are plenty of windows so you can sit inside and binoculars are available. If you are a photographer, grab a long lens and step outside on the forward low deck or the upper covered deck and enjoy the fresh air. I dressed warm and enjoyed the ride outside.
The crew spots the eagles for you and calls out where they are so you have a chance to find them and if you are good at shooting moving birds you can get some wonderful shots. I would recommend at least a 300mm lens and 400-600mm would be even better. On the cruise we saw adult and juvenile eagles. The crew said they usually see 10 to 30 eagles on average but that it depends on the eagles. There are 30 breeding pairs in the area and 151 breeding pairs statewide. During the winter months there are many eagles that migrate through the state. So depending on the eagle’s movements there is potential to see well more than 30. In addition to the eagles there are many other species of birds and other wildlife. I saw numerous gulls, waterfowl, herons and even a lone coyote made an appearance. There were some stunning views of ice cycles. A naturalist was onboard for questions about the various species and was able to identify the diving bird I shot as either a Greater or Lesser Scaup. It was an enjoyable and rewarding trip and I found myself admiring the scenery and the majestic beauty of the Bald Eagles.
Three parks in western Kentucky offer eagle tours including both van and yacht tours. I would encourage you to book a tour and if this year is full then be sure to book one next year. The entire crew was more than helpful and it couldn’t have been a better experience. I know I’ll be there next year with longer lenses and a huge smile. Contact the parks by phone for questions at the numers listed below.
Kentucky Dam Village: 270-362-4271 Lake Barkley: 270-924-1131 Kenlake: 270-474-2211
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 and 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 you 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 February 3, 2017:
7:00 P.M. Meeting Room A: Eagles 101 an introduction to spotting eagles and information about their habitat. (free to public and eagle watch participants)
Saturday February 4, 2017:
8:00 A.M.: Eagle Tour aboard the CQ Princess
1:30 P.M.: Eagle Tour aboard the CQ Princess
7:00 P.M.: Meeting Room A: 3 Rivers Avian Center. TRAC will be on hand with live birds for viewing and an informational program about all the birds they bring with
Saturday Tour and Programs: $50 per person
Sunday February 5, 2017:
10:00 A.M. Brunch Cruise with the Eagles. The three hour tour will include brunch and interpretive staff to help spot eagles.
Sunday Brunch Tour: $65 per person
DATES & TIMES:
Feb 3 - Feb 5, 2017 / 7:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Kentucky Dam Village: 270-362-4271
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is continuing a rich tradition in hosting The Gathering of the Eagles, a weekends dedicated to our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. When the weather starts to turn cold Bald Eagles from the north migrate south in search of ample food supplies. Kentucky State Parks takes this opportunity to arrange special field outings to view the majestic bird in the wild. Two different tour option are available through KY Dam Village.
Luxury Boat Tours-$50/person
Experience the beauty of KY 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 KY Dept. of Parks and KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife will be available to assist in spotting these magnificent birds and to answer questions.
Saturday, January 21, 2017--Departs at 8 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2017--Departs at 8 a.m. Ballard Wildlife Management Area
Bus Tour- $45/person
Join us for a exclusive tour of Ballard WMA lead by interpreters from KY Fish and Wildlife and KY State Parks. Transportation from the park to the site and
snacks will be provided.
Saturday, January 21, 2017--Departs at 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2017--Departs at 7:30am
Discounted Boat and Bus Tour Package--$90/person
Included in the price of the tours are the below interpretive evening programs:
Eagles in Kentucky--Friday January 20, 2017 7:00pm
LIVE Birds of Prey Program--Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:00pm
Call 1-800-325-0146 to reserve your tour.
DATES & TIMES:
Jan 20 - Jan 22, 2017
Lake Barkley: 270-924-1131
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. Lake Barkley State Resort Park is hosting its Eagle Weekend on January 27th - 29th 2017
Call the park @ 270-924-1131 or email Nick. Edmonds@ky.gov to place your reservation today!
P.o. Box 790,
Cadiz, KY 42211
Phone: (270) 924-1131
DATES & TIMES:
Jan 27 - Jan 29, 2017 / 7:00 P.M. - Noon