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 Eagle Tours at The Lodge at Woodloch

As we travel along our local rivers and estuaries, a national treasure can be spotted. The bald eagle, our country’s emblem, takes up winter residence here, feasting on the rich food sources and entertaining all who catch a glimpse. Take a driving tour of the local waterways to search for these powerful and regal birds. Make sure to bring a camera and warm clothing in preparation for the many scenic stops along the way. This is an amazing opportunity to witness the eagles in their natural environment.

General Information About Bald Eagles

Both male and female adult bald eagles have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and bill. Juvenile bald eagles are a mixture of brown and white. They reach full maturity in four to five years. The female bald eagle is 35 to 37 inches, slightly larger than the male. Wingspan ranges from 72 to 90 inches. Wild bald eagles may live as long as thirty years.

An eagle reaches sexual maturity at around four or five years of age. Once paired, bald eagles remain together until one dies. Today, there are an estimated 9,789 breeding pairs of bald eagles.

Nests are built in large trees near rivers or coasts. Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs. The 35 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female eagle.

 

Eagle Tour Directions

When exiting The Lodge at Woodloch, turn right onto PA Route 590. Follow PA 590 West for 3 miles, then turn left onto Towpath Road. Forest Volunteer Fire Department will be on your left hand side. Follow Towpath Road along the Lackawaxen River. 

There are many appropriate places to pull off that provide views of eagles along the banks (do not stop in the road or where it is posted not to park).

At Rowland Corner, continue straight on PA Route 590 East, and continue to follow it until you cross the Lackawaxen River.  Immediately after crossing the bridge turn left on Scenic Drive. The PA Boat Commission Boat Launch is a great spot to view eagles. On the weekends, volunteers from the Eagle Institute are here with spotting scopes to provide another opportunity to get to know the eagles. At this particular location, keep a lookout for Sam, he is a regular eagle who loves this spot where the rivers meet.

After you are done here, follow Scenic Drive until you see the turn for the Roebling Bridge - turn left onto the bridge. Cross over the Roebling Bridge and turn Right onto NY 97. 

Continue on NY 97 for a couple miles there will be a wide pull off on the right shoulder with a medium sized brown structure.  This is an Eagle Blind set up by the Eagle Institute (http://delawarehighlands.org/eagles). Here you will be able to get out of the vehicle, observe eagles from the Eagle Blind, and absorb the information from the interpretive posters and signs provided. Spend some time in this location panning up and down the river searching for eagles.

Return to the Roebling Bridge and travel back into Pennyslvania. Continue following Scenic Drive to PA Route 590, and make a right onto Route 590 West. Follow Route 590 West until Rowland Corner, looking for eagles along the way. At Rowland Corner turn right onto PA Route 590 West and follow it back to The Lodge at Woodloch. 

 

Additional Area Information

D&H Canal

The Delaware and Hudson Canal was the first venture of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, which would later build the Delaware and Hudson Railway. Between 1828 and 1899, the canal's barges carried anthracite coal from the mines of Northeastern Pennsylvania to the Hudson River and thence to market in New York City.

      D&H Canal History
      D&H Canal Museum
      Minisink Valley Historical Society

 

Zane Grey

Pearl Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939) was an American author and dentist best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his best-selling book.