2nd annual Bald Eagle Driving Tour

Monroe Lake is hosting a Bald Eagle Driving Tour on the afternoon of Sunday, January 26, headquartered at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington.

The self-guided tour runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and will have six outdoor shoreline stops, each staffed by experienced bird watchers. Birders will assist attendees in viewing eagles and other birds through spotting scopes.

Tour attendees can get an up-close look at a bald eagle and several other raptors at a bonus indoor tour stop featuring live education birds from Hardy Lake.

Advance registration is $5 for adults ($3 for children) and is available thru Jan. 23 (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed holidays) by phone, 812-837-9546, or in person at the Monroe lake office. Registrants will need to check-in in front of the Paynetown Activity Center on Jan. 26 between 1 and 3 p.m. to pick up their event buttons and tour maps.

Walk-up registration is $7 for adults ($4 for children) and will be available on Jan. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. in front of the Paynetown Activity Center, cash or check only.

A warming center will be available for tour attendees from 1 to 4 p.m. with complimentary hot cocoa and tea, cookies, and crafts for kids. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable travel mug to help reduce waste.

Please note that access to indoor restrooms will be extremely limited during the tour, as most of these facilities are currently winterized. However, outdoor vault toilets are located throughout property and at almost all of the stops.

The Bald Eagle Driving Tour is presented by Monroe Lake, with assistance from Brown County and Hardy Lake State Parks, and co-sponsored by the Sassafras Audubon Society. Questions should be directed to Jill Vance, Monroe Lake interpretive naturalist, at 812-837-9967 or jvance@dnr.in.gov.

Monroe Lake does not charge an entrance fee for Paynetown SRA during the winter months.

2nd annual Bald Eagle Driving Tour
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  • Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Advance reg.: Adults $5, Kids $3; Walk-up reg.: Adults $7, Kids $4