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Land Between The Lakes Eagle Viewing Opportunities


Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – During January and February, van tours and Kentucky Lake cruises will take visitors to several bald eagle viewing hot spots around the 170,000-acre Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

In addition to bald eagles, visitors will likely see native wildlife such as ducks, turkeys, deer, and herons. Land Between The Lakes partners with Kenlake State Resort Park to host a weekend of brunch and lunch cruises on Kentucky Lake January 16th-18th on the CQ Princess, a 96-foot luxury yacht.

American Bald Eagle (Land Between the Lakes)

American Bald Eagle (Land Between the Lakes)

“Land Between The Lakes serves as a major wintering spot for bald eagles from northern areas such as Michigan and Canada,” stated John Pollpeter, 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.”

Reservations and full deposits are required for all trips. The popularity of eagle excursions calls for early reservations.

A full listing of eagle viewing activities can be found below and online at, checking for links on the homepage, or typing “eagle” into the search bar on the official website. Call 270.924.2020 to reserve your tour.

In 2015, biologists counted close to 150 bald eagles wintering in the Land Between The Lakes area, as well as 24 active nests. Eagle van tours and Kentucky Lake cruises give visitors a chance to view these majestic birds in their natural habitat.

Eagle Viewing River Cruises

  • Saturday, January 16th, Brunch Cruise, 8:30am-11:30am
  • Saturday, January 16th, Lunch Cruise, 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sunday, January 17th, Lunch Cruise, 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Monday, January 18th, (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Lunch Cruise, 11:00am-2:00pm

Eagle Viewing Van Tours

  • Saturday, January 9th, 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • Saturday, January 30th, 1:30pm-5:00pm
  • Sunday, January 31st, 1:30pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday, February 6th, 9:00am-12:30pm
  • Saturday, February 6th, 1:30pm-5:00pm
  •  Saturday, February 13th, 1:30pm-5:00pm

Winter Birding Hotspots of Land Between The Lakes Van Tour

  • Saturday, January 16th, 8:30am-11:30am

Northern Land Between The Lakes Eagle Van Tour

  • Saturday, January 16th, 1:30pm-5:00pm

Express Eagle Viewing Van Tour

  • Saturday, January 17th, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Family-friendly Eagle Van Tour

  • Sunday, February 7th, 1:30pm-5:00pm

About Land Between the Lakes

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1.800.LBL.7077 or local at 270.924.2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to . To subscribe to the official electronic newsletter, send an email to .

Land Between The Lakes official Twitter accounts include @LBLScreechOwl, @LBLNature, @LBLHomeplace, and @LandBtwnLakes, and Pinterest

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