Most people would not associate Kentucky Lake with one of our nation’s most prized treasures, the Bald Eagle. You likely would think of soaring Eagles over majestic mountain peaks, or those living in the safety of an animal sanctuary or zoo. But Kentucky Lake has slowly become home to these majestic creatures, and winter on Kentucky Lake is the perfect time to see them! With over 2,300 miles of undeveloped shoreline and an endless food supply, we have become prime real estate for these birds. During the months of January and February, viewers can either book a boat tour, bus tour, or van tour through either our local state parks as well as Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. And let’s be clear about this boat tour, eager sightseers will not be freezing on a pontoon boat trying to spot these winter birds with a blind eye. These boat tours take place upon the CQ Princess, a luxurious 96 foot yacht with two levels for viewing, along with wildlife experts who help you spot anywhere from 10 and 45 Eagles and other native wildlife.
January 20-22, 2017 will be the Gathering of the Eagles weekend at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. The event kicks of with an evening program on Friday called “Eagles in Kentucky,” followed by two separate boat tours on Saturday at 8:00am or 1:30pm. Viewers also have the option of taking a bus tour to the Ballard Wildlife Management Area for even more viewing opportunities. Return Saturday evening for a LIVE Birds of Prey program at 7:00pm. There are costs associated with this event, so please call Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park at 800-467-7145 to make your reservation today!
If you cannot make the event at Kentucky Dam Village, you will have another opportunity for the same experience at Kenlake State Resort Park February 3-5th, 2017. The program starts at 7pm on Friday, complete with two separate boat tours on Saturday at 8:00am or 1:30pm, followed by the LIVE Birds of Prey program Saturday evening at 7pm. Kenlake State Resort Park will also be offering a Sunday Brunch tour at 10:00am, for brunch and eagle viewing as well!
Other regional Eagle viewing opportunities include boat and van tours hosted by Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, as well as another Eagle weekend at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Make Eagle watching a staple item in your winter routine on Kentucky Lake. These beautiful birds that were once on the edge of extinction are alive and thriving, thanks to the dedicated conservation work of both wildlife experts and citizen volunteers. If you have any other questions about Kentucky Lake and planning your weekend getaway, give us a call at 800-467-7145! It’s time to disconnect and reconnect with those who matter, and that’s what we provide here at the South’s Great Lake, Kentucky Lake!