What do bald eagles and a yacht have in common? This Kentucky tour

A unique Heartland Weekend adventure.

Bald eagles and a luxury yacht are two things that don’t have a lot in common.

But in Kentucky, they combine the two for a unique Heartland Weekend adventure.

It’s all a part of eagle watch weekends offered at Kentucky Lake, a four-decade-long tradition.

Turns out, this is a prime location for eagles to call home during the winter.

In fact, Heartland Weekend’s Nichole Cartmell got the chance to board the CQ Princess and see 10 beautiful bald eagles.

“Land Between the Lakes serves as a major wintering spot for bald eagles from northern areas such as Michigan and Canada,” states 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.”

In 2018, biologists counted close to 140 bald eagles wintering in the Land Between the Lakes area, as well as 30 active nests.

The yacht cruises around Kentucky Lake giving you a unique way to observe and learn about these birds of prey in their natural habitat.

The tours take place at the resort parks during weekends in January and February.

Eagle Viewing River Cruises:

  • Jan. 24-25 at Lake Barkley
  • Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Kenlake
  • Feb. 7-9 at Kentucky Dam Village

Each park is offering overnight packages that include tour tickets and lodging.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $70 a person. Most tours are about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Eagle Viewing van tours also take place most Saturdays and Sundays in January and part of February.

Registration is required for Eagle Watch Weekends.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Guests are encouraged to bring warm clothes, rain gear, and binoculars.

Kentucky State Parks have been offering eagle tours for more than 40 years.