Bald Eagle Tours


The James River runs through it ... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat. This 2-hour, pontoon boat tour takes you into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, abundant in history and beautiful scenery. Discover the James' Bald Eagle Tour take you through a five-mile stretch of the James River known as Jefferson's Reach, encompassing five territories of resident bald eagles.

The tour focuses on the ten resident bald eagles of Jefferson's Reach, who reside there all year long. During the year, two additional populations of bald eagles migrate into the area. In May, a population of summer migratory bald eagles from the south arrive and are gone by September. In mid November, a population called 'winter migratory eagles' arrive from the north and stay into February. 

Discover the conservation success story of resident bald eagles on the James River, where less than forty years ago there were none. Today, over 280 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River watershed home making our river the site of the greatest comeback of the bald eagle in the entire North American continent.    

Ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a comfortable 24-foot covered pontoon boat and experience majestic bald eagles closer than you may have ever seen them.  This 2-hour tour has been called one of the most unique bald eagle tours on the East Coast!  


Bald Eagle Tour:  $50 per person
2-Hour Tour.
Binoculars and water provided.
Departs from Deep Bottom Park unless otherwise noted.

Current Schedule:   (Only dates with openings are listed)                       

April 12, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am 

April 21, Saturday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am (one spot left: 9:30 tour)

April 22, Sunday, 7:00-9:00am 

April 26, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

May 5, Saturday, 7:00-9:00am 

May 10, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am

May 12, Saturday, 9:30-11:30am (one spot left)

May 13, Sunday, 7:00-9:00am

June 3, Sunday, 9:30-11:30am

June 7, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am

June 9, Saturday, 7:00-9:00am

June 10, Sunday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

June 21, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

June 28, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

For Dates Beyond June 19, Click Here.


For more information or to book an Eagle Tour: 
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or


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Top header image:  A few years ago, Marlene Frazier captured this great image of Bandit perched on a limb. Recently another images of Bandit was taken with her in this same position and same branch. You can see how she has aged as well as how the branch has deteriorated over time.  In this image, Bandit is about six years old. She is now about ten and a half years old. Bald eagles live to be about 25-30 years in the wild.
--Photo by Marlene Frazier
Lower center:  'Bandit' is undoubtedly one of my favorite bald eagles.  Bandit's nest has fallen five times since November 2009.  The most recent, during a powerful storm in the fall of 2011.  Here, Bandit is working her territor flying around looking for fish.  Often times when they land after flying around the river they will call out, loudly. It's an amazing sound, and don't get fooled by the commercials you see when the image of a bald eagle is paired with the call of a red tailed hawk. To hear what a bald eagle sounds like, click here.
-- Photo by Bob Jones Jr.
What do people have to say about our Eagle Tours?
From a fellow who had taken the Eagle Tour a couple of days previous ... 
"I want to say thank you for a great time Sunday morning.  Myself, my wife and my daughter had the pleasure of taking your Bald Eagle Tour Sunday morning. It far exceeded my expectations.  We've lived in the Richmond area for 20+ years and the Bald Eagle Tour is easily in the Top 5 things to do around town. I haven't stopped telling people about it."
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