Winter Eagle Field Trip Locations

Bald Eagle, from “Birdcraft: a field book of two hundred song, game, and water birds” (1897), Biodiversity Heritage Library

Want to see a bald eagle, or two, or a hundred or more in a single day? Head to the Hudson River in January and February, especially if there’s ice on the river. The Mearns Club usually runs two eagle field trips each winter, one in late January and one in mid-February. We start at the Bear Mountain Scenic Overlook on Rte 6/202 (the “Goat Trail”) and gradually work our way south along the river to Croton Point Park, stopping at the locations marked on the map below. Click/tap on the map for details and directions.

  • Annsville Creek (paddle sport center)
  • Charles Point
  • Verplanck (Cortland Community Boat Launch, Steamboat Riverfront Park)
  • George’s Island Park
  • Oscawana Island Nature Preserve
  • Croton–Harmon Station
  • Croton Point Park (Echo Boat/Canoe Launch)

Can’t get enough eagles? You might also want check out the Teatown Hudson River EagleFest, which is held every year in early February.

View of the Hudson River, looking south from Verplanck.