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, who live on the river all year long, in their natural habitat. This 2-hour, tidal river 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 travels a five-mile stretch of the James River known as Jefferson's Reach, through five territories of resident bald eagles.

While the population of resident bald eagles are here all year long, two additional populations of bald eagles visit the area.  From May through July, a population of summer migratory bald eagles move into the area, while the population of winter migratory eagles arrive in November and stay through February. The Chesapeake Bay has a number of concentration areas for these migratory eagles and Jefferson's Reach lies at the upriver end of the James River's concentration area.

Discover the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River, where just 40 years ago there were none. Today, over 230 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River home making our river the site of the greatest comeback of bald eagles 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 is one of the most unique bald eagle tours on the East Coast!  


Bald Eagle Tour:  $45 per person
2-Hour Tour.
Binoculars and water provided.
Departs from Deep Bottom Park unless otherwise noted.

Current "Eagle Tour" Schedule:                  

Sunday, May 29, 9:30-11:30am

Sunday, June 5, 9:30-11:30am

Saturday, June 11, 7:00-9:00am

Sunday, June 12, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

Wednesday, June 15, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

Thursday, June 16, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

Thursday, June 23, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

Sunday, July 3, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

Monday, July 4, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

Thursday, July 7, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

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

For 2016 Eagle Tour dates beyond the above listed dates, Click Here.

Private Bald Eagle Tours Available ... click here


For more information or to book an Eagle Tour:

Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or

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See more bald eagle images taken on the Eagle Tour




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."
--Brian T.