Bald Eagle Tour


Two & Three Hour Bald Eagle Tours

The James River near Richmond, Virginia is a world class destination to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat. The Bald Eagle Tour is an expedition on a 24-foot pontoon boat. My two or three hour tour, takes you 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, encompassing ten territories of resident bald eagles.

Resident eagles do not migrate and live within their territories all year long. During the year, two additional populations of bald eagles migrate into the area. In May, summer migratory bald eagles, from the south (mainly Florida), arrive and these eagles are gone by the end of September. In mid November, winter migratory eagles arrive from the north and stay into February, then return to their breeding grounds. 

Discover the conservation success story of the breeding bald eagle population on the James River, where forty-eight years ago, in 1975, these eagles were extirpated (locally extinct). Their comeback on the James began in 1979-1980 when a single pair came back and had a successful breeding season. Today, over 350 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River watershed home. This population of eagles on the James River is considered the greatest comeback of the bald eagle in the entire North American continent. That's awesome!  

Come out and 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.  


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

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

December 21, 2023, Thursday, 7:30-10:30am

2024 Eagle Tours:

March 5, 2024, Tuesday, 7:00-10:00am

March 19, 2024, Tuesday, 7:15-10:15am

April 11, 2024, Thursday, 7:00-10:00am

April 30, 2024, Tuesday, 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. 

March 7, 2024, Thursday, 7:00-9:00 & 9:30-11:30am

March 22, 2024, Friday, 7:15-9:15 & 9:30-11:30am

April 28, 2024, Sunday, 7:00-9:00am



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