FRANKFORT-A unique tradition for more than 40 years, Kentucky State Parks announced dates for its 2019 Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to observe bald eagles as they gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food.
This unique wildlife-watching opportunity is offered as a tour by water in January and February of 2019 at three Kentucky state resort parks.
Led by state park naturalists and staff from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the tours also offer a chance to learn about other wildlife in the area.
Each state resort park - Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley, and Kenlake - will offer morning and afternoon yacht tours. A brunch cruise will be a featured event unique to Kenlake, while Kentucky Dam Village will also offer van tours to the Ballard Wildlife Management Area.
The dates for Eagle Watch Weekends are listed below, along with each park and its phone number:
Jan. 11-13: Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park - (270) 362-4271
Jan. 25-27: Lake Barkley State Resort Park - (270) 924-1131
Feb. 1-3: Kenlake State Resort Park - (270) 474-2211
Most tours last between 3-3.5 hours. Ticket prices are $56 per person, and all three parks will offer overnight packages. Evening programs will be provided on Fridays and Saturdays. The Kenlake brunch cruise is set for Feb. 3.
School groups interested in taking an educational cruise on Feb. 1 from Kenlake State Resort Park should contact Carey Ruff at email@example.com or call 502-892-3355.
The yacht tours are conducted from the CQ Princess, a 96-foot, fully enclosed yacht that allows viewing from inside a heated cabin or outside.
Guests are encouraged to bring warm clothes, rain gear and binoculars. These tours may take place under extreme weather conditions. Each resort offers lodges, cottages and restaurants. Registration is required for the Eagle Watch Weekends. Call the individual park for registration, lodging details and ticket information. For more about Kentucky State Parks, visit: www.parks.ky.gov