Dates Set for Eagle Watch Weekends at Kentucky State Parks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Eagle Watch Weekends, a unique Kentucky State Park tradition, will be offered once again in January and February 2017.

The park system will sponsor the wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park tours allow guests to observe and learn about the beautiful birds of prey.

The tours take place at three state resort parks during weekends in January and February, on an excursion yacht and by van. They are led by state park naturalists and staff from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Ticket prices for the weekend tours range from $25 to $65 a person. Most tours last from three to 3½ hours. The weekend tours include evening programs on Friday and Saturday. Kenlake State Resort Park is also offering brunch cruises on Feb. 5 and 11.

The parks, phone numbers and dates for the 2017 Eagle Watch Weekends are:

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park (800-325-0146): Jan. 21-22. Yacht tours and van tours to the Ballard Wildlife Management Area.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park (800-325-1708): Jan. 28-29. Yacht tours and van tours to the Land Between the Lakes.

Kenlake State Resort Park (800-325-0143):  Feb. 4-5 Yacht tours. Feb. 5 & 11, brunch cruises.

A special educational opportunity is being offered on Feb. 3 for public, private and home school students aboard the CQ Princess. In addition to wildlife viewing, there will be environmental education activities on the yacht. The fee is $15 per student. The trip is only for student groups and teachers and will start and end at Kenlake State Resort Park. Call Carey Ruff at 502-564-8110, ext. 150 or email

Guests should bring warm clothes, rain gear and binoculars. These trips can take place under extreme weather conditions. The resorts offer lodges, cottages and restaurants. Registration is required for the Eagle Watch Weekends. Call the parks for registration, details and fee information or visit:

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