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Winter Nature Watch Opportunities in Land Between The Lakes

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Got the winter blues?  Embrace the season by joining us for one of the many wildlife-viewing van tours offered at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. During January, February, and March, there are multiple guided tours offering outdoor enthusiasts a chance to witness some of nature’s greatest moments. Registration is required for all tours, and space is limited. Please call 270.924.2020, weekdays from 8:00am-4:30pm, to learn more about each tour and make your reservation.

Our ongoing Nature Watch tour series highlights many birds that call this area home during the winter.  During these tours, you may see everything from pelicans to pintails!

An all-day Nature Watch tour on January 14th, will take you in search of eagles and some of the 25+ species of ducks that call LBL home in the winter. We’ll also cover the fascinating story of local bald eagle recovery by visiting several unique landmarks in LBL. The cost is $40.00/person and includes lunch at a local restaurant.

LBL continues to offer Eagle Viewing Van Tours from 1:00pm-4:30pm on Sundays, January 22nd, 29th, and February 5rd. Winter is the peak season for seeing bald eagles in LBL; both our resident eagles and visiting “snowbirds” are out looking for fish around the lakes. We’ll take you to the best spots in LBL for spotting these magnificent creatures. Cost is $7.00/adult and $5.00/child.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

On February 11th, we will offer a special Nature Watch tour that brings you to Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, just south of LBL. We will explore this bottomland habitat in search of harriers, sandhill cranes, and thousands of migrant ducks. The cost is $10.00/adult and $7.00/child and runs from 9:00am-12:00pm.

The month of March offers a chance to see hundreds of pelicans as they migrate through the area, as well as our resident eagles on their giant nests, incubating eggs or sheltering their chicks. Join us on either March 18th or 24th, for a Nature Watch tour that highlights these two amazing species. This two-hour tour costs $7.00/adult and $5.00/child.

Winter doesn’t have to be spent inside! Join us for any of these fun wildlife-viewing tours:

  • January 14th – Winter Wanderers: Eagles and Waterfowl Migration, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • January 22nd, 29th, and February 5th – “Everything Eagles” Van Tours, 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • February 11th – Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge Tour, 9:00am-12:00pm
  • March 18th & 24th – Pelicans and Eagles, times vary

About Land Between the Lakes

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, 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 LBL’s official website at www.lbl.org each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, and temporary trail and road closures.

Follow us on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl and on our blog at http://landbetweenthelakes.blogspot.com/. Additional LBL and “Friends of LBL” information is available on our website or by calling 1.800.LBL.7077 or 270.924.2000.


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