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Annual Bald Eagle Tours

Eagle on rockReservations are now open for the Annual Bald Eagle Tours at Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. Tours begin the first weekend of January and will run through the end of February. These four-hour tours allow visitors to explore the lake while searching for the majestic Bald Eagle, which many people know as the United States' official emblem.

Millerton Lake is host to both migratory and resident Bald Eagles. Some are known to migrate from North Central Canada each winter and spend the season fishing before returning home. The tour begins with an orientation to the bird and its habitat at the historic Fresno County Courthouse.

Following the orientation, visitors will board an interpretive barge operated by a State Park Ranger and travel out onto the lake. With the guidance of park staff and volunteers, visitors may be able to see a variety of eagles in their winter habitat. 

"These birds have been migrating to this site for thousands of years," Biologist Michael Smith said. “More often than not while on a tour you’re going to see Ranger on a tourseveral bald eagles." Binoculars and hot chocolate will be provided on the vessel.

Tours are $20/person, and occur every Saturday and Sunday in January and February.  Participants should wear warm, layered clothing. Tours meet at the historic Fresno County Courthouse at 8:00am and visitors should plan to return to their vehicles by noon. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended as tours sell out each year. Special group pricing may be available. Call (559) 822-2332 or email millertonlake.eagletours@parks.ca.gov to reserve your tour.