Bald Eagle Tour


Bald Eagle Tours

Discover the James offers 2-Hour and 3-Hour Bald Eagle Tours. Ride aboard the 24-foot pontoon boat called, the Discovery Barge II, as you travel into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, history and beautiful scenery. Discover the James' Bald Eagle Tour takes you through a stretch of the James River known as Jefferson's Reach.

The James has a fully restored resdient bald eagle population who thrive within their territories all year long. Discover the conservation success story of these resident eagles first hand, where 49 years ago, in 1975, there were none. Today, over 350 pair of resident eagles call the James River and it's tributaries home. Discover the James' Bald Eagle Tours share a part of the greatest comeback of the bald eagle in the entire North American continent.

In addition to the resident eagles, two other populations of bald eagles migrate into the area. In early May, summer migratory bald eagles, from the south (mainly Florida), arrive and are gone by the end of September. In mid November, winter migratory eagles arrive from the north and stay into February, then return to New England and Eastern Canada to their breeding grounds. 

Come experience majestic bald eagles closer than you may have ever seen them. 


3-Hour Eagle Tours.  Cost:  $140 per person

Next available Eagle Tours dates are listed below.
Call or email to book your spots.

July 18, Thursday, 7:00-10:00am

August 22, Thursday, 7:00-10:00am

August 29, Thursday, 7:00-10:00am

September 3, Tuesday, 7:00-10:00am

September 13, Friday, 7:00-10:00am

September 17, Tuesday, 7:00-10:00am

September 26, Thursday, 7:00-10:00am


2-Hour Eagle Tours.  Cost:  $95 per person 

Next available Eagle Tours dates are listed below.
Call or email to book your spots. 

July 4, Thursday, 9:30-11:30am (one spot left)

July 11, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am

August 23, Friday, 7:00-9:00am

August 28, Wednesday, 7:00-9:00am 

September 5, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

September 16, Monday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am


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




Top header image:  This is Bandit, a resident bald eagle, perched on a limb.  Bandit has an incredible story of survival and persistence. She hatched over one thousand miles away in 2005. And now, at over eighteen years old, she is over half her life span, as bald eagles live to be about 25-30 years in the wild.
--Photo by Marlene Frazier
Lower center:  Bandit is undoubtedly one of the most photographed eagles in Jefferson's Reach. Through poor nest buidling skills and powerful storms her nest has fallen at least seven times since November 2009.  In this image she is grabbing a fish from the surface of the river, with her mate, Trey, flying just above her.  
The bald eagle's call is an amazing sound. Don't get fooled by commercials on TV, as they often pair the visual of a bald eagle in flight with the sound of a red tailed hawk call. To hear what a bald eagle really sounds like, click here.
-- Photo by Bob Jones Jr.
What do people have to say about our Eagle Tours?
"Thank You for a great time!  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."
-- Jimmy J.
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See more bald eagle images taken on the Eagle Tour