Bald eagles require a relatively large amount of food. Therefore, areas such as those below Central's hydro plants are attractive to eagles because of the abundant and readily available supply of fish, one of their favorite foods. during the winter, when ice forms on area lakes and rivers, bald eagles and many species of waterfowl concentrate in areas where open water can be found. Because of turbulence created by the action of the hydro-plants, the water immediately below the plants remains open and is a favorite fishing spot for the eagles.
The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation district provides facilities from which the public can watch eagles and other wildlife, including a multipurpose facility constructed in 1996 below the south end of Kingsley Dam. The new 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.
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.
Address: 9 miles north of Ogallala on Hwy 61
Groups wishing to visit the facilities are encouraged to make arrangements by falling one of the following phone numbers during normal business hours. Individuals or smaller groups can also call ahead to make sure eagles are at the sites. There is no guarantee that eagles will be present at all times.
Central's facilities are open from mid-December until eagles leave the area, usually toward the end of February or early March. The facilities are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.
Open Thursday & Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon. Open Saturdays & Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also open to groups by appointment. No state park entry permit is required.
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