Eagles of Reelfoot Lake

January 7, 2020

The American Bald Eagle, the symbol of our great country, are still in danger of extinction. Most Americans have never had the opportunity to observe these magnificent birds in the wild, and/or observe the awe-inspiring beauty and power of this bird of freedom. Bald Eagles migrate from around the Great Lakes and isolated regions of Canada to spend winter in the south, specifically in Northwest Tennessee at Reelfoot Lake.

Reelfoot Lake State Park provides an opportunity to see our national symbol in its natural habitat. Reelfoot Lake has one of the largest wintering populations of Bald Eagles outside of Alaska, and the return of eagles has become a major event.


During the eagle tour, other birds can be observed around this 15,500 acre lake. There are over 100,000 ducks, 6,000 Canada Geese, and 254 kinds of birds that visit the lake each year. Reelfoot Lake is a unique bird watchers paradise.

The state park has established extensive interpretive programs for winter visitors to Reelfoot Lake. Eagle tours begin early January and continue through the end of February. Eagle tours are two hours and offered seven days a week. Bus Tours will depart from the Visitor Center at 10am Monday-Friday and on Saturday and Sunday at 10am or 1:30pm. Reservations are recommended. Tours are $14 per person.

In order to compliment the eagle tours, a variety of special programs will be offered every Saturday night at 7:00pm inside Ellington Hall. Topics may include eagles, Reelfoot Lake, nature photography, raptor rehabilitation and other birds of prey.


Eagle Tour & Camping Reservations www.tnstateparks.com
Visitor Center 731-253-9652
South Campground 731-538-3356