Winter touring opportunities
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Winter is normally a slow season for tourism in Marshall County, but for me at least, it’s an opportunity to see rare wildlife and the natural beauty of the area, including the endangered bald eagle.

Our intrepid photographer, Katherine Doty, spent her Monday on a beautiful yacht with a chance to photograph eagles (see page B1).

I have to say that I’m a little jealous.

Kenlake State Resort Park will be offering its Eagle Weekend Feb. 1-3 with tours aboard the yacht CQ Princess. You get a nice outing on the lake and have a good opportunity to see the symbol of our nation from the water. Kentucky Dam offers similar tours Jan. 11-13.

LBL will offer the CQ Princess on Jan. 19-21. In addition, LBL also gives guests a chance to see bald eagles from the shore with van tours running through March.

I’ve been eagle spotting from the ship and from a van. It was awe-inspiring to see the majestic bird take flight over the woods and the lake. I can’t tell you which is a better opportunity to see eagles as both presented me with a view of the massive bird.

People think the parks are dead through the winter. This is far from true. Wildlife abounds, and without the foliage of spring and summer, you can see nature with an unobstructed view. Squirrel, deer, cardinals and maybe even more are active in the woods, frolicking, collecting food and do not mind being watched as they do.

Eagles are hardly the only birds in Marshall’s state parks and federal recreation areas. I am looking at the LBL calendar right now. In February, great horned owls begin to incubate eggs. Perhaps as fantastic and even more rare than the bald eagle is the osprey. Now and then, I’ve seen one darting across the lake on a hunt for fish. A great blue heron is an amazing bird, plus we have plenty of ducks and geese swimming about.

While fishermen may find shallows devoid of fish, the calendar says crappie and other game fish move to warmer, deeper water. Warm, sunny days will see some luck for fishermen in the shallows, however.

Spend a day on a hike at one of Marshall’s two state parks or at LBL. Be amazed by the landscape, even without summer leaves.

Remember, LBL’s Homeplace will be offering periodic programs during the winter. I’ve been to a few and never left without learning something new about Kentucky’s history and life and the pioneer era.

The Golden Pond Planetarium and the Elk and Bison Prairie are open through the winter as well. One of my goals is to wait for a bit of snow before watching American bison on snowcapped hills.

Kenlake and Kentucky Dam Village’s lodges and restaurants remain open with some reduced hours and closed days. The lure of tasty meals is enough to get me out to the park on a sunny day to watch the lake.

Why not bring the family for an outdoor winter adventure? Find out when rooms are available and take an overnight trip to see what sort of wildlife may be viewed during the winter months.

A cold winter day may not be ideal for lake fun, but it’s far from a dead season on and around Marshall County’s lakes.
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