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Eagle Watch at Dale Hollow Lake

Work in Progress - 12/24/06

Dale Hollow Lake straddles the border of Tennessee and Kentucky and is winter home to 60 to 100 Bald Eagles each year. The eagles Migrate here from colder, northern states and Canada where lakes are frequently frozen limiting their access to their primary food source, fish. The  eagles usually arrive starting in November and stay as late as March.

Dale Hollow Lake Eagle Watch
Dale Hollow Eagle Watch 2005 ©
The number of eagles and their arrival and departure dates are all, at least partially, weather dependant. Dale Hollow Lake is also home about 6 year round resident eagles.


Eagle Watch is a great opportunity for the public to view the wild Bald Eagles on Dale Hollow Lake. The US Army Corp of Engineers organizes the event, provides the barge for the tour, and biologist and other staff to help spot the eagles and talk to the eagle watchers. Dale Hollow's Eagle Watch is held on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of every January. January 21st & 28th 2006 will be the 25th year for Eagle Watch. The barge tours are free, but advanced reservations are required and can be made after mid-November. The eagle watching trips depart from two locations; Lillydale campground in north of Livingston, Tennessee and Dale Hollow State Resort Park in Kentucky.

For more information contact the Resource Manager's Office at (931) 243-3136, 7am until 4pm CST.

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Lillydale Campground:
Directions to Lillydale from Livingston, TN: Take Hwy 111 to 294 North-Willow Grove Road. Proceed on Willow Grove Rd 13.3 miles. Turn right onto Lillydale Road and proceed one mile to recreation area entrance.

Or from Hwy 52 at Allons, TN: Take Old Celina Road 1.5 miles. Right on Oakley-Allons Road for 5.4 miles. Turn left on 294 N-Willow Grove Road for 7 miles. Turn right onto Lillydale Road. Proceed one mile into recreation area. Tours depart from the Lillydale Campground boat ramp.


Dale Hollow Lake State Park:
Directions to Dale Hollow SP: From Burkesville, KY: located 4 miles South on Hwy 61, East on Hwy 449 for 12 miles, South on 1206 for 6 miles. 270 433-7431. Tours depart from the marina ramp.

What to Bring:
  Dress warm this an an open air barge
  Rain Gear
  Thermos of coffee or hot chocolate etc.
  Camera (film, memory cards)

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