Eagles begin to visit Beaver Reservoir when the lakes further north begin to freeze over. At that time, the eagles can no longer get to their favorite meal, fish. The weather has been cold across the U.S., and it can be expected that some 200+ bald eagles will visit Beaver. Some have arrived already. Scheduled dates for Hobbs State Park Eagle Cruise Tours are as follows:
November - 16,17, 23,24,29,30,
December - 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,23,27,28,29,30,31
January - 1,4,5,11,12,17,18,19,20,25,26,
February - 1,2,8,9,15,16,17,22,23,29
There are two things eagle watchers need to remember; one, eagle watching is not a warm weather sport, and two; the nastier the weather the more likely we are to see eagles. If it’s cold and a little rainy, that’s when eagles will sit in a tree and wait for better weather.
Although Hobbs calls these times on the lake “Eagle Cruises”, there is other wildlife to see as well. Great blue herons, belted kingfishers, red tailed hawks, and maybe a deer, beaver, or several species of ducks become part of the viewing agenda.
No matter what wildlife you see, it’s always great to be out on the water. Hobbs State Park provides a safe three-pontoon vessel, driver, and an interpreter to answer questions and share information about our national symbol, the bald eagle.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Adults $10.00 + tax. Children 6-12 $5.00 + tax. Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 3:00 p.m. For more information call: 479-789-5000