The eagle watching season has started already. January, February and March are popular months for successful eagle viewing. Tippecanoe County contains a number of eagles and eagle sightings are no longer rare. Walking along the Wabash Heritage Trail the sight of an adult eagle fishing is a distinct possibility. When the river is iced up, eagles can be seen during the day near several of the bridges, especially US 231 and Harrison Bridges.
Several areas offer some more intensive viewing opportunities with a bit of a drive from Lafayette.
Jan. 26: Duke Energy Plant at Cayuga (link) is hosting its 18th annual Eagle Watch Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Figure on about 1.5 hour drive to the plant for this awesome event. Parking is a short walk, or shuttle drive, from the river. The program has several viewing sights along the Wabash, a shuttle is available to each. They also have light refreshments and bird programs throughout the day in one of the buildings. Family friendly, free.
Feb. 1-3: Turkey Run State Park in conjunction with Raccoon Lake SRA (link) will host an eagle watch weekend. About 1.25 hour drive time to Turkey Run. About 1.5 hour drive to Raccoon Lake. Family friendly for school-aged children. Registration required.
Feb. 1-3: Lake Monroe and the Eagle Pointe Resort will host its 13th annual Eagle Watch Days (link). Drive time of around 2 hours plus to the area. Nearly 30 eagles overwinter at Lake Monroe, nearly 50 other species of birds have been seen during the weekend as well, including a number of water fowl. Family friendly for school-aged children. Registration required.
Feb. 2-3: Salamonie SRA Interpretive Center (link), 3-8 p.m. This program starts with a brief indoor program in the Center followed by a caravan to viewing sights. Drive time to the center about 1.5 hours. Family friendly. Registration required.