Department of Parks
Eagle Watch Weekends To Be Held At Four State Parks
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The temperatures in January and February may be cold, but it’s perfect weather to get outside to go looking for eagles.
The Kentucky State Parks will again be offering Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to see the American Bald Eagle in the wild. These excursions provide travelers a chance to view the eagles from land and water.
“The Eagle Watch Weekends are one of the most unique and enjoyable programs we offer in the parks,” said Parks Commissioner J.T. Miller. “Whether you’re seasoned bird watcher or just a beginner, the eagles in the wild are truly a marvelous sight.”
The tours take place on an excursion yacht, barges, pontoon boats and by van, depending upon the location and tour. They are led by state park naturalists and Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists.
Ticket prices for the tours range from $20 to $50 a person. Most tours last between two and three and one half hours. They also include an evening program on birds of prey.
The parks, phone numbers and dates for the Eagle Watch Weekends are:
Dale Hollow State Resort Park (800-325-2282): Jan. 19-21, Jan. 26-28, Feb. 16-17.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park (800-325-0146): Jan. 19-21.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park (800-325-1708): Jan. 26-28.
Kenlake State Resort Park (800-325-0143): Feb. 2-4.
Guests should bring warm clothes, rain gear and binoculars. These trips can take place under extreme weather conditions. These resorts offer lodges, cottages, and restaurants. Registration is required for the Eagle Watch Weekends. Call the parks for details and fee information.
In addition to the Eagle Watch Weekends, Kenlake State Resort Park on Kentucky Lake near Hardin, will be offering cruises on the CQ Princess, a commercial yacht that offers indoor and outdoor viewing. These additional cruises will be offered during the week. Weekday packages will include rooms, meals and a cruise. Call Kenlake at 1-800-325-0143 for details.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov