Private Bald Eagle Tours


Private Bald Eagle Tour

Whether you have a group of photogrphers or family and friends, booking the whole boat to experience bald eagles in their natural habitat along the James is a special way to Discover the James. This trip is normally good for up to six passengers (four passengers due to COVID-19 regs). You'll ride aboard the Discover Barge II, a 24-foot pontoon boat and experience majestic bald eagles closer than you may have ever seen them. 

Close to downtown Richmond, on the James River exists an ecosystem rich with wildlife and highlighted by the conservation success story of bald eagles. Forty-five years ago there were no resident-breeding bald eagles on the James, and today there are over 300 pair, which is a milestone you can learn more about onboard. This tour takes you into the midst of eight of those pair, as we travel through their territories sharing stories of their lives, facts about bald eagles all the while enjoying the incredible conservation success story.

Enjoy this tour with your camera in hand or just enjoy the James' natural beauty. Let Capt. Mike's experience lead you to the resident bald eagles, often times up close for incredible photography and viewing opportunities.

COVID-19 Alert & Regs Pertaining to Discover the James Private Eagle Tours
Beginning on October 1, 2020 I will offer the following Private Tours for up to four passengers.
All passengers and Captain will have to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose while onboard.
If anyone in your party, or the Captain, feels ill before the trip, the trip will be cancelled.
The Discovery Barge II, (my boat) will be disinfected between each trip.
          2-hour Tour:  $350
          3-hour Tour:  $490
4-hour Tour:  $600
Normally for up six passengers. (COVID-19 Regs reduce passenger count to 4 total passengers)
Water is provided.
Binoculars are not provided due to COVID-19.

To Book a Private Eagle Tour:

Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or



Customized Gift Certificates are available for 2-Hour Private Eagle Tours 
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Top image:  This bald eagle is one of Jefferson Reach's finest bald eagles and her name is Bandit, who has an incredible story.  Briefly ... she was born in 2005. Her journey began in Birmingham, AL with a quick stop in Pigeon Forge, TN and ultimately choosing the James River in Richmond, VA as her permanent home in 2009, just after she became an adult.  As of January 2015, Bandit had been fighting another female eagle for over three years protecting her territory and finally, in the late winter and spring of 2015, Bandit and her third mate, Trey, were able to have a sucessful breeding season. Bandit's first successful breeding season in six tries (six years). Their offspring's name was Dolly ... to find out why she was named Dolly, click here.
--Photo by Lynda Richardson