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 all year long! This tidal river pontoon boat tour will take you into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, abundant in history and beautiful scenery. Discover the James' Bald Eagle Tour travels through a five-mile stretch of the James River known as Jefferson's Reach, and covers five territories of resident bald eagles. During the winter and summer months, migratory bald eagles are also in the area.

See, first hand, the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River, where just over 35 years ago there were none.  Today, over 210 pair of resident bald eagles call the river home.  The James River is now considered to have the best 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 is one of the most unique resident bald eagle tours on the East Coast!  Binoculars are provided. Space is limited to six people.


Bald Eagle Tour:  $45 per person

2-Hour Tour.  Bald Eagle Tour departs from Deep Bottom Park unless otherwise noted.


Current "Eagle Tour" Schedule:

Saturday, December 28, 8:30-10:30am 
Saturday, January 3, 8:00-10:00am & 10:30-am-12:30pm
Sunday, January 4, 8:00-10:00am & 10:30am-12:30pm
For more information or to book an Eagle Tour:

Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or

Discover the James Facebook Page ...
See more bald eagle images taken on the Eagle Tour




Top header image:  A wonderful image of Enon by Mike Davies.  It was Mike's first trip on an Eagle Tour, and he dialed into the perfect combination of shutter speed and light to capture an amazing series of images of the Bald Eagles of Jefferson's Reach.  No question, Mike's work this day was one of the best I've seen on a first trip to see the eagles.
--Photo by Mike Davies
Lower right:  'Bandit' is undoubtedly one of my favorite bald eagles.  Bandit's nest has fallen four times since November 2009.  The most recent, during a powerful storm in the fall of 2011.  Bandit is an expert hunter, as is her mate, the Duke. On occasion, after an eagle has finished its meal, it will call out, perhaps alerting its mate they have finished eating. To hear what a bald eagle sounds like, click here.
-- Photo by Yehudi Hernandez
What do people have to say about our Eagle Tours?
From an email recieved a couple of days after running an Eagle Tour .... "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.  Everything was perfect! 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.  I really appreciate everything."
--Brian T.