Eagle Watch Tours on Lake Ouachita start in November and last thru April. Bald Eagles (and occasionally Golden Eagles) leave their homes in the north for the warmer winter waters of Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.
Call the Lake Ouachita State Park visitor center at: (501) 767-9366 to make your Lake Ouachita Eagle Watch reservations or get more information.
Calls of the Eagle:
Bald Eagles emits surprisingly weak-sounding
calls—usually a series of high-pitched whistling or piping notes. The female
may repeat a single, soft, high-pitched note that has been said to be “unlike
any other calls in nature”; apparently signaling her readiness for
Each year adult and juvenile eagles migrate to the warmer open water of Lake Ouachita when the northern lakes and rivers begin to freeze and food becomes scarce. An abundant food supply and forested areas around Ouachita provide excellent habitat for these birds. The eagles can be seen early morning around the lake as they hunt for their morning meals. Occasionally the eagles can be seen around mid-day perched high in trees basking in the warm sun. This helps regulate the Eagle's body temperature which should ideally stay around 102°. The best way to view these spectacular eagles is to book passage aboard a winter eagle watch cruise out of the Lake Ouachita State Park. View these majestic eagles and other wintering waterfowl including Loons in the wild.
Lake Ouachita State Park uses a covered barge that cruises the shoreline of Lake Ouachita watching for the Eagles.
To improve your chance of getting a good view of the eagles, bring along a good pair of binoculars and camera with a telephoto lens.
Keep in mind when you're preparing for your eagle watch cruise that even on what might be considered a sunny and mild winter day, Once out on the lake, it can be windy and cold, so dress warmly.
On January 15, 2014, Lake Ouachita Park Rangers conducted the annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle survey around the lake, a total of 36 eagles were observed during the event, 28 mature and 8 immature.
In January of 2011 the annual Lake Ouachita American Bald Eagle survey conducted by the natural resources management staff, park rangers and volunteers counted 55 adult eagles and 34 juvenile eagles.
Lake Ouachita provides remarkable habitat for wintering bald eagles. Each year, juvenile and mature birds can be seen among the trees along the shoreline or flying high above the lake during the Eagle tours.
Even though the American Bald Eagle has been removed from the Endangered Species list, it is still protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.