There are so many reasons to love living in North Idaho, but the bald eagles may be one of the most special. Each winter the eagles migrate to the CDA area to feed on the kokanee salmon in the lake. The number of eagles wintering in Coeur d’Alene varies by year but has been increasing overall. The highest number of birds can be seen from November- February. Most of the eagles return to the same spot year after year.
FUN FACT: Bald Eagles can fly up to 100 mph and reach heights of 10,000 ft!
Where to see the Eagles
Higgens Point, Mineral Ridge Boat Ramp, and Mineral Ridge Trailhead are great spots to view the eagles. Higgens Point has ample parking and a wide trail to walk down to multiple viewing areas. Just a short walk from the parking lot you will find a statue and free permanent binoculars set up in the ideal location for bird watching. The eagles are most active in the mornings and evenings but can been seen anytime of the day.
Take a Cruise– A fun way to get up close to the eagles is to take the Coeur d’Alene Cruises. This educational tour is offered in December and January and lasts 2 hours.
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- Do not approach birds and avoid disturbing them in any way.
- Bring binoculars for better viewing. If they are watching you, you may be too close.
- Do not stop on the road or block traffic to look for eagles.
- Dress according to the weather.
Bureau of Land Management Weekly Counts
November 10, 2021: 10 adults and 6 juveniles = 16 eagles
November 18, 2021: 65 adults and 11 juveniles = 76 eagles
November 26, 2021: 95 adults and 13 juveniles = 108 eagles
December 8, 2021: 86 adults and 21 juveniles = 107 eagles (no count week of 11/29)
December 14, 2021: 97 adults and 15 juveniles = 112 eagles
For more information check out the Bureau of Land Management HERE