Bald eagle viewing trips at LBL to start next year
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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 Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15 – 16, and a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day cruise Monday, Jan. 17, 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 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Van Tours:  Afternoon tours are available. Moderate walking is required. Dress for the weather. Meet and depart from the Golden Pond Visitor Center. ($5 ages 12 & under, $7 ages 13 & up.)

Saturday, Dec. 11: 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 23: 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 30: 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 6: 1 – 4:30 p.m.

River Cruises:  Cruises are $60 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.

Saturday, Jan. 15: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lunch cruise)

Sunday, Jan. 16: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lunch cruise)

Monday, Jan. 17: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (lunch cruise)

Other Winter Programs:  Call for additional information and prices.

Saturday, Dec. 4: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Waterfowl and Eagle Watch (Meet at Nature Station) Reservations & full deposits required.

Saturday, Dec. 18: 6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Audubon Christmas Bird Count (Meet at Nature Station) Call 270-924-2299 to sign up or for more information.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15 – 16: Times to be announced, Winter Wanderers:  Eagles and Waterfowl Migration Call 270-924-1131 ext. 191 for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 5: 12:30 – 4 p.m., Fort Henry Anniversary Program & Walk (Meet at Fort Henry Hiking Trail Parking Lot)

Monday, Feb. 21: 3 – 4:30 p.m., Presidents’ Day Elk & Bison Prairie Tour (Meet at Golden Pond Visitor Center) Reservations & full deposits required.

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.

This press release was submitted by Kathryn Harper, media contact for Friends of Land Between the Lakes.
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