Get outdoors & enjoy nature this weekend! It’s Bald Eagle Watching Days on January 16 and January 17 in Sauk Prairie along the Wisconsin River. On Saturday you can also head over to Devil’s lake State Park to learn to ice fish, try snowshoeing or just hang out by the bonfire!
Each winter, bald eagles gather on the Wisconsin river in Sauk Prairie where, thanks to the dam, sections of the river stay open all year giving them access to the fish they need for winter survival. In fact, you can view eagles on the river all winter long. Bald Eagle Watching Days, offers you an opportunity to not only see the eagles, but learn more about them as well. Click here for a complete list of events and locations.
**Important! Now, it’s worth mentioning here that bald eagles, like all wildlife for that matter, are a bit skittish when it comes to humans. When watching them, your car creates a perfect “blind”. It’s always best to stay in your car if possible when watching or photographing wildlife. This is even more important during Eagle Watching Days when there are generally many folks all trying to see the same birds. If you disturb the birds, they will retreat to an area where they feel safe and everyone will be robbed of the opportunity to view them. So please, stay in your cars or in designated public viewing areas this weekend.
Now at Devil’s Lake State Park on Saturday, Jan 17, 2015, you can Learn to ice fish or join some of the activities at the “Wild” Winter Afternoon. All activities will be happening on the North Shore (And YES, you need a 2015 state park sticker or day pass). There will be activities happening inside and outside the Rock Elm Shelter near the north shore boat landing.
- All equipment and bait is provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are welcome!
- Dress warm as there will be no shanties, but there will be a fire to warm up by on shore.
- This is a “Free Fishing Weekend” – no fishing license is required.
Fishing will happen on the North end of the Lake. To find where they are fishing, stop in at the Rock Elm shelter.
If you aren’t the fishing type, that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! Cure your winter cabin fever and join us for this wild winter adventure! Drop in anytime between 1:00 & 5:00 pm at the Rock Elm Shelter.
- Go on a self-guided snowshoe or hike through the park.
- Warm up by the campfire – inside and out!
- Enjoy some hot chocolate, roast a marshmallow or make a s’more.
- Find out how birds survive the winter
Bring your snowshoes or borrow one of our pairs (FREE!) – we have lots of sizes to fit everyone in your family.
This event is brought to you with the support of the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park.