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. This 2-hour, 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 takes you through a five-mile stretch of the James River known as Jefferson's Reach, encompassing six territories of resident bald eagles.

The tour focuses on the twelve resident bald eagles of Jefferson's Reach. These six pair of bald eagles do not migrate and reside there 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 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 resident bald eagles on the James River, where forty years ago, from 1975 through 1979, there were none. Today, over 280 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River watershed home making it the site of the greatest 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 has been called one of the most unique bald eagle tours on the East Coast!  


Bald Eagle Tour:  $50 per person
2-Hour Tour.
Binoculars and water provided.
Departs from Deep Bottom Park unless otherwise noted.

Current Schedule:  

March 23, Saturday, 7:15-9:15am & 9:30-11:30am

March 28, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am

April 26, Friday, 9:30-11:30am

May 4, Saturday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

May 9, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am

May 11, Saturday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

May 12, Sunday, 7:00-9:00am (one spot left)  &  9:30-11:30am

May 17, Friday, 9:30-11:30am

June 8, Saturday, 7:00-9:00am 

June 13, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am

June 15, Saturday, 9:30-11:30am

June 20, Thursday, 7:00-9:00am

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

July 6, Saturday, 7:00-9:00am & 9:30-11:30am

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


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Top header image:  Marlene Frazier captured this great image of Bandit perched on a limb.  In this image, she is about six years old. Bandit, born in 2005, is now about fourteen 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. Through poor nest buidling skills and powerful storms her nest has fallen six times since November 2009.  In this image she is hunting in her territory, 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. Don't get fooled by most commercials with bald eagles ... the 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?
"I want to say 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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