Eagle Days

Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. If you can’t make it to one of our many Eagle Days events (check out the calendar below), browse our best-places list for locations to enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. From late December through early February, watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. Get out early in the morning to see the eagles flying and fishing.

Best places for winter eagle viewing

  • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access, east of Bagnell
  • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K, southwest of Columbia
  • Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville
  • Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield
  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive, St. Louis
  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary east of West Alton
  • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs
  • Smithville Lake north of Kansas City
  • Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City
  • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner
  • Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson
  • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw

Eagle Days Events

Register by January 15

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature-related topics. We will be outside for part of the class, so please dress for
the weather.
**Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 0 to 3.

Register by January 17

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bald Eagles have many adaptations to help them find and capture food. Join us and find out more about these majestic birds.(Walter Woods C.A.) Call (417) 629-3434 for more information

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Self-guided Eagle Viewing at Columbia Bottom
Jan 19 • Saturday • 7 AM - 5 PM
No reservations required.
Drive just north of the Chain of Rocks bridge, escape the crowds of Eagle Days, and venture to over 4000 acres at Columbia Bottom to scout for eagles. The boat ramp, confluence platform and all along the river’s edge are excellent spots to see these magnificent hunters. Signs will be posted at Columbia Bottom to direct you on the area and for you to explore on your own.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program is held at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 7:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Self-guided Eagle Viewing at Columbia Bottom
Jan 20 • Sunday • 7 AM - 5 PM
No reservations required.
Drive just north of the Chain of Rocks bridge, escape the crowds of Eagle Days, and venture to over 4000 acres at Columbia Bottom to scout for eagles. The boat ramp, confluence platform and all along the river’s edge are excellent spots to see these magnificent hunters. Signs will be posted at Columbia Bottom to direct you on the area and for you to explore on your own.

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program is held at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Joining us from the Dickerson Park Zoo, Phoenix and Aquila, will enable you to enjoy the sight, sound and study of both the golden and bald eagle. The 10:30 AM program is for school groups and reservations are required. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. For further information and group reservations call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Joining us from the Dickerson Park Zoo, Phoenix and Aquila, will enable you to enjoy the sight, sound and study of both the golden and bald eagle. The 12:00 PM program is for school groups and reservations are required. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. For further information and group reservations call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Joining us from the Dickerson Park Zoo, Phoenix and Aquila, will enable you to enjoy the sight, sound and study of both the golden and bald eagle. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. To make a reservation call 888-283-0364 or check out our website at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

For all ages. No registration required.
*Lobby Activities for all ages!
*Live Eagle Presentations at
10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2 PM.
*Eagle viewing site at
Marion Access with
high-powered scopes.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Winter is a great time to visit Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck Creek Conservation Area for viewing bald eagles. Spotting scopes and guides will be provided to view eagles in the wild. Indoor programs will include live eagles plus exhibits, activities, and videos. Visitors can tour the Visitor Center at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Youth and adult groups welcome. Event is free.