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Veterans to be honored with eagle cruise on Lake CdA


A bald eagle carrying a kokanee salmon carcass in its talons cruises above Lake Coeur d'Alene near Higgens Point on Saturday, heading for a tree on the shoreline to eat its meal. The number of migrating birds peaks around the holidays before the birds continue their journey south.
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
A bald eagle carrying a kokanee salmon carcass in its talons cruises above Lake Coeur d'Alene near Higgens Point on Saturday, heading for a tree on the shoreline to eat its meal. The number of migrating birds peaks around the holidays before the birds continue their journey south. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A special cruise boat is being reserved for veterans to tour Lake Coeur d'Alene on Nov. 24 to view the annual congregation of bald eagles that come to feast on spawning kokanee.

The Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, is offering a Veteran’s Eagle Watch Cruise on Wolf Lodge Bay -- a free event focused on recognizing veterans, active military and their immediate families from the North Idaho area. 

In the past the agencies have been able to offer two cruises; however, this year due to leaner budgets they are only able to fund one cruise, which will accommodate up to 150 participants. 

Veterans and active military personnel that have never before taken advantage of the opportunity will have first priority for seating.  A total party of up to six immediate family members will be accommodated, including the veteran or military personnel.

Reservations are required and will be taken via telephone.

  • Call Suzanne Endsley of the BLM at (208) 769-5004 during the business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • The current status of available seating will be posted on the Coeur d’Alene Field Office’s website.

Boarding for the two-hour cruise will begin at 9:30 am on November 24 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Lake Cruises boat dock located on the east end of the Resort.  Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring binoculars and cameras.  Food and beverage are available for purchase aboard the ship.




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