The Friends of Land Between the Lakes will host bald eagle viewing cruises and van tours for the public through early February.

Kentucky Lake eagle viewing cruises will be hosted on the CQ Princess, a 96-foot, double-decker luxury yacht, on Jan. 18-20, all departing from Kenlake Marina at Kenlake State Resort Park in Hardin, Ky. 

Each cruise includes a hot catered meal and opportunities for great views of bald eagles. 

On-board naturalists from the Woodlands Nature Station will help the public spot eagles and other wildlife as well as tell the inspiring story of the bald eagle’s comeback from the brink of extinction in western Kentucky. 

In addition to bald eagles, visitors will likely see native wildlife such as ducks, turkeys, deer and herons.

Eagle viewing river cruises are scheduled for the following dates and times: Jan. 18 — brunch cruise, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and lunch cruise, 1-4 p.m.; Jan. 19 — brunch cruise, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and lunch cruise, 1-4 p.m.; Jan. 20 — lunch cruise, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Van tours throughout January and February will explore favorite LBL bays, shorelines and roosting spots of bald eagles. 

Search for these majestic birds as they soar through the sky and perch in the trees, and perhaps even catch one in action while hunting. 

Woodlands Nature Station naturalists will help you spot eagles and other wildlife, as well as zoom in with spotting scopes for a closer look.

Eagle viewing van tours are scheduled for the following dates and times: 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 8-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Jan. 18; 1:30-5 p.m. Jan. 19; 2-5:30 p.m. Jan. 25-26; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m. Feb. 1; and 2-5:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

“Land Between the Lakes serves as a major wintering spot for bald eagles from northern areas such as Michigan and Canada,” said John Pollpeter, the 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 2018, biologists counted close to 140 bald eagles wintering in the LBL area, as well as 30 active nests. 

The eagle cruises give visitors a chance to view these majestic birds in their natural habitat.

Reservations and full deposits are required for all van tours and cruises. The popularity of eagle excursions calls for early reservations. A full listing of eagle viewing activities can be found at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/attractions/nature-station/. 

Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your tour.

Woodlands Nature Station will also be hosting The Road Less Traveled van tours on Feb. 8 and Feb. 15. 

Join naturalists as they explore the nooks and crannies of LBL, discovering wildlife hot spots, scenic vistas and historic jewels tucked away in the landscape. Call for reservations.

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