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

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Eagle lovers of all ages are invited to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge on January 18 and 19, 2020 to watch eagles fishing, riding the ice floes, soaring overhead or roosting in nearby trees. Visitors are welcome to view eagles through spotting scopes staffed by trained volunteers. For more information visit eagledays.org

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We’re celebrating the annual return of bald eagles to Lake Springfield. This special event includes the indoor presence of Phoenix, a live bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo. Programs will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center every hour on the hour from 9 am to 3 pm. Stop by anytime and plan to spend about two hours. Opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild, with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes, will be available at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina during event hours. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Eagle lovers of all ages are invited to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge on January 18 and 19, 2020 to watch eagles fishing, riding the ice floes, soaring overhead or roosting in nearby trees. Visitors are welcome to view eagles through spotting scopes staffed by trained volunteers. For more information visit eagledays.org

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We’re celebrating the annual return of bald eagles to Lake Springfield. This special event includes the indoor presence of Phoenix, a live bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo. Programs will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Stop by anytime and plan to spend about two hours. Opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild, with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes, will be available at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina during event hours. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Soaring, diving, and perching these big, beautiful birds can be found here all year, but there’s even more in winter! We will explore the exciting life of an eagle through stories and interactive play.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Soaring, diving, and perching these big, beautiful birds can be found here all year, but there’s even more in winter! We will explore the exciting life of an eagle through stories and interactive play.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Stella Veteran's Memorial Park

No registration required (All ages)
The fish-filled streams of southwest Missouri are a winter home to bald eagles. Join the Missouri Master Naturalists, the community of Stella, and local MDC staff for an eagle viewing opportunity at Stella Veteran’s Memorial Park. There will be spotting scopes set up and fun educational activities throughout the day. Stop by anytime.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Explore everything eagle with us during this annual adventure! There will be live eagle presentations by Dickerson Park Zoo at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Eagle viewing with high-powered scopes will be available at a nearby site. Plus, lots of lobby activities for all ages.
**No registration required, fun for all ages