Directly across from the viewing stand, eagles are soaring above the bluffs and hanging out in the trees, sometimes munching on the fish they've just grabbed.
I could show you picture after picture after picture of the Eagles that were there last weekend, flying, swooping, playing, fighting... but you would just get sick and tired of it. Instead, here is one to give you an idea of how close you can get. Now you've got to go visit yourself!
One couple from Colorado that I visited with in the facility are regular visitors, both during Eagle season and during the summer. They said there is a nesting pair around Lake Ogallala. They also related to me that they had stopped in Ogallala for a burger before going out to the lake. They mentioned to the staff in the fast food restaurant that they were there to see the Eagles, and they got an uncomprehending look in return.
Central's Eagle-Viewing FacilitiesThere should be Eagles in the area for about the next month, depending on the weather. If the site near Johnson Lake would be more convenient for you, here is the map to it:So now you know about the Eagle Viewing Facilities, you know how to get there, and what you'll see after you're there. What are you waiting for?
The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District provides facilities from which the public can watch eagles and other wildlife, including a multipurpose and eagle-viewing facility constructed in 1996 below the south end of Kingsley Dam. The building is located on the shore of Lake Ogallala and affords a wonderful vantage point from which to watch eagles as they catch fish from the lake, sit on the ice and in nearby trees and soar above the area.
Inside the Johnson No. 2 Hydro (J-2), bleachers are situated in front of large windows which look out over the Supply Canal where the eagles swoop to capture fish and rest in the trees along the banks. Spotting scopes are provided and attendants are available to answer questions. J-2 is located about seven miles south of Lexington. Signs along area roads help guide visitors to the plant. There is no charge to visit the facilities.
At both sites, it is important for visitors to remain in the facilities while watching the eagles. The birds are easily disturbed and are particularly cautious of humans. Trying to approach the birds or loud noises could frighten the birds from the area.
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