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Watch for bald eagles on a river boat ride

Watch the eagles soar at several area Eagle Days events, including a pontoon boat ride down the Missouri River.

Some eagles stay nearby all year-round, but many more come into the area during cold winter months to find food. View these powerful forces of nature at several upcoming events:

Missouri River Eagle Day

Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CANCELLED on 12-9-16

Burr Oak Woods at LaBenite Park, Sugar Creek, MO (just east of MO 291 bridge)

Walk in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for the Live Eagle Program and Eagle Discovery Stations programs for all ages. Then bundle up for a ride on a pontoon boat on the Missouri River for the chance to view bald eagles in their own habitat. Registration is required by December 9 for the Missouri River Boat Tour by calling 816-228-3766 (ages 8+ with an adult). For more information, email [email protected].

Additional Missouri Department of Conservation eagle site events include:

Squaw Creek

National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City

Dec. 3: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Dec. 4: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Smithville Lake

Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse, Smithville

Jan. 7, 2017: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. & Jan. 8, 2017: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

If you can’t attend an Eagle Days event, look for eagles in the wild at one of the Missouri locations listed below. From late December through early February, watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. View early in the morning to see the eagles flying and fishing.

  • Lake of the Ozarks Bagnell Dam Access, East of Bagnell
  • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, Route K, southwest of Columbia
  • Lock and Dam 20, Canton
  • Lock and Dam 24, Clarksville
  • Lock and Dam 25, East of Winfield
  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, North of Puxico on Highway 51
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, South of I-270, off Riverview Drive, St. Louis
  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, East of West Alton
  • Schell-Osage Conservation Area, North of El Dorado Springs
  • Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, South of Mound City
  • Stella, Moses Eagle Park
  • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, South of Sumner
  • Table Rock Lake, Southwest of Branson
  • Truman Reservoir, West of Warsaw

Kansas Eagle Days

January is the month to view the nation’s symbol in Kansas.

Kaw Valley Eagles Day will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the USD 497 Auditorium in Lawrence, KS. There will be exhibits from conservation organizations, programs by local experts and a bus field trip to see bald eagles in the wild.


Photo: Michael Leland // CC BY


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