Wednesday, December 12, 2012

LBL Announces Winter Eagle Viewing Trips

Once again the Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will be offering bald eagle viewing excursions this winter, which will include van trips and river cruises.

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 will also host 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."

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 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)

For additional information and prices visit or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.

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