Bald Eagle Watching DaysBald Eagle Watching Days!

January 14th & 15th 2023

Wisconsin’s longest-running eagle-watching event is back for 2023!  Come to the newly renovated overlook on Water Street in Prairie du Sac to see eagles over the Wisconsin River, or attend one of our presentations at the River Arts Center!  Check our previous years’ presentations on Ferry Bluff Eagle Council’s YouTube channel.


Bald Eagle Watching Days are co-sponsored by Ferry Bluff Eagle Council, the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce, the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, and Tripp Museum in Prairie du Sac.

Updated Closure Dates for Ferry Bluff State Natural Area

Please note that the closure dates for Ferry Bluff State Natural Area have changed for the upcoming 2022/2023 winter season. The entire northern unit, consisting of Ferry Bluff and Cactus Bluff, will be closed beginning December 1st, 2022 until March 31st, 2023 to protect Bald Eagles that communally roost (i.e. sleep) in specific locations along the bluffs. At times, over 100 eagles can be located within one roost. The Southern Unit (south of Huerth Road) will remain open. Ferry Bluff is one of several important locations that eagles use to rest and protect themselves from wind and harsh weather. Ferry Bluff State Natural Area is only 1 of 2 roosts to have complete protection for roosting Bald Eagles in winter. People who enter the areas that are closed in winter can disturb roosting Bald Eagles, which may result in their abandonment of the area and increased vulnerability to the winter elements. Anyone entering closed areas at Ferry Bluff is subject to a fine. The Ferry Bluff Eagle Council greatly appreciates your assistance and respect toward the eagles that make our communities special.

Please reach out to Nathan Fayram, WI DNR (608-273-5943), with any questions or concerns.

Thank you

Learn About Eagles

Bald Eagle flying into waterIt is lots of fun to learn about eagles, check out the information we have gathered about them.


Bald Eagle flyingWe are excited to offer many events for seeing and learning about eagles, see what we’re offering next.

Eagle Research

Bald Eagle soaringFrom population data to roost counts, part of our mission is collecting data on eagles.


People on foot scare eagles. Please remain in your car and use it as a blind.  Do not walk along the river, particularly at the hydropower dam, since that is the eagles’ most active feeding area. Eagles, particularly immature ones, need to conserve their energy in order to survive the cold days of Wisconsin winters.

Thank you for your consideration of our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle.

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