This annual tradition, now in its fourth decade, will give nature lovers an opportunity to view bald eagles around the major lakes as they look for food. The tours allow participants to not only see the eagles but to learn more about the bird of prey that is the symbol of the United States.
The tours will take place at Kenlake State Resort Park, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, and Lake Barkley State Resort Park and will be led by state park naturalists and Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. The tours will be either on an 96-foot excursion yacht or in a van.
Ticket prices for the tours range from $25.00 to $50.00 per person. Most tours last from two to 3½ hours. The Eagle Watch Weekends also include an evening program on birds of prey.
Guests should bring warm clothes, rain gear, and binoculars as these trips can and do take place under extreme weather conditions.
Advance registration is required and can be made by calling the parks directly. Each park can also provide details on their Eagle Watch Weekends including fee information.
Kentucky Dam Village will hold the first of the Eagle Watch Weekends on January 12 and 13. The park phone number is (800) 325-0146.
On January 27 and 27, Lake Barkley will give visitors a chance to see the eagles near their park. Call (800) 325-1708 for more information.
Kenlake holds the final Eagle Watch Weekend on February 2 and 3; this event will be yacht tours only. The park phone number is (800) 325-0143.
All three of these resort parks offer lodges, cottages, and restaurants.
About 190 miles from metro Louisville, Lake Barkley State Resort Park is located western lakes area of Kentucky near Cadiz and on the eastern shore of Lake Barkley.
Just over 200 miles from Metro Louisville and located on the western shore of Kentucky Lake, Kenlake State Resort Park is one of the most modern parks in the Kentucky State Park system.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is located in the western part of the state in the lakes region just 21 miles southeast of Paducah (about 180 miles from Metro Louisville).