(Coeur d’Alene) — Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises has launched its annual eagle watching cruises.
The cruises depart on Saturdays and Sunday from Dec. 7 to Dec. 22, and every day from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. The two-hour cruise leaves the dock at 1 p.m.
“It’s an awe-inspiring sight to see these birds in the wild, especially from a comfort of a heated cruise boat,” said Capt. Carl Fus, head of Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises.
The experience makes an ideal educational adventure for schools or other groups, Fus said.
Every year, hundreds of American Bald Eagles visit Lake Coeur d’Alene on their annual migration. In December and January, the birds congregate at the lake’s northern end near Wolf Lodge Bay to feed on fish.
Their primary meal is the Kokanee salmon, a landlocked sockeye that thrives in the lake and its tributaries. As salmon spawn and reach the end of their life cycle, they become an ideal food for the eagles.
Tickets are $22.75 for adults, $20.75 for ages 55 and over, and $14.75 for children 6-12. Ages five and under cruise free.
Purchase tickets at cdacruises.com or call (208) 664-7268.