Eagle Watching on Your Own

Plan a Visit

During the Winter

Eagle watching on your own can be a rewarding experience. It offers the flexibility to move from one location to another at your own pace.

**Please be aware that if you take your own driving tour through the region during the 2021 winter season, eagle viewing blinds and restrooms may not be open due to COVID-19. If the blind is open, please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and limit the number of people inside at one time.

During your visit, please be compliant with CDC and state guidelines, and follow safety recommendations made by Conservancy volunteers. If the viewing blind is closed, it is important to remain inside your vehicle to avoid disturbing the wintering eagles, and to park only in designated public parking areas. Please note that if the viewing areas are not open, parking areas may not be cleared in a timely manner. Use caution in snowy or icy conditions.**

You can follow our map to the designated viewing areas or download a PDF with GPS coordinates for the viewing locations to plan your own driving tour.

couple watchingYou’ll want to dress warmly and in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring snacks for the time you’ll spend in your vehicle, and binoculars if you have them. Birding field guides fill the time between sightings and help you to become more educated about eagles and other birds of our region.

Green Lodging PartnershipCheck out the local hotels and inns listed on our Green Lodging Partnership page to find a great place to stay while you’re here. These hotels and their guests directly contribute to the healthy lands and clean waters that support eagles and their habitat in our region.


barry with using a scope


Use binoculars and a spotting scope instead of trying to get “a little bit closer.” Don’t do anything to try to make the eagle fly.