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LBL Announces Winter 2011 Eagle Viewing Trips

 

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Bundle up in your favorite sweater to get outdoors and experience the enchanting sights on a bald eagle viewing trip, offered again at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area throughout the winter months. 

Back by popular demand, LBL hosts a weekend of river cruises January 15th-16th, and a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day cruise January 17th, for up close views of the 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 relaxing on a river cruise in the comforts of the spacious and beautifully appointed CQ Princess?  The 96-foot CQ Princess luxury yacht offers wonderful views from both outside on deck and indoors where it’s toasty warm! 

“LBL is a major wintering spot for bald eagles from northern areas such as Michigan and Canada,” said Carrie Szwed, Nature Station Public Programs Coordinator. “Because of excellent coordination between State and Federal Agencies in past years to restore eagle habitats and populations, we have seen tremendous increases in eagles both wintering and nesting in this area.” 

LBL also hosts eagle viewing van trips. During these, LBL guides take visitors to the best wildlife viewing hot spots on the 170,000-acre 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.  Visitors can enjoy viewing the eagles December through February. 

Van trips meet and depart from the Golden Pond Visitor Center unless otherwise indicated. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and moderate walking. Also, don’t forget to bring binoculars and field guides.  River cruises depart from Kenlake State Resort Park Marina.  Reservations and full deposits are required for all trips. “Eagle excursions are very popular, so early reservations are encouraged,” said Szwed. Gift certificates are available.

Reservations and full deposits are required for all trips. For more information or to reserve your space, call 270-924-2020 weekdays, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Van Tours 

Afternoon tours are available.  Moderate walking required.  Dress for the weather. Meet and depart from the Golden Pond Visitor Center.  ($5.00 ages 12 & under, $7.00 ages 13 & up.) 

  • December 11th – 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • January 23rd – 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • January 30th – 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • February 6th – 1:00pm-4:30pm

River Cruises 

Cruises are $60.00 per person (meal included).  Tours depart from Kenlake State Resort Park Marina. Visit www.cqriverside.com for a peek at the CQ Princess luxury yacht.

  • January 15th – 11:00am-2:00pm (lunch cruise)
  • January 16th – 11:00am-2:00pm (lunch cruise)
  • January 17th – 11:00am-2:00pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (lunch cruise)

Other Winter Programs 

Call for additional information and prices. 

  • December 18th – 6:00am-1:30pm, Audubon Christmas Bird Count – (Meet at Nature Station) Call 270-924-2299 to sign up or for more information.
  • January 15th-16th Times to be announced, Winter Wanderers:  Eagles and Waterfowl Migration – Call 270-924-1131 ext. 191 for more information.
  • February 5th – 12:30-4:00pm, Fort Henry Anniversary Program & Walk – (Meet at Fort Henry Hiking Trail Parking Lot)
  • February 21st – 3:00pm-4:30pm, Presidents’ Day Elk & Bison Prairie Tour – (Meet at Golden Pond Visitor Center) Reservations & full deposits required.

About Land Between The Lakes

Land Between The Lakes is managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with “Friends of LBL,” to provide public lands outdoor recreation and environmental education.  We encourage visitors to review our website at www.lbl.org each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, and temporary trail and road closures.  Additional LBL and “Friends of LBL” information is also available on our website or by calling 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.


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