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Bald Eagles in Missouri

From Back in the late 1970s, bald eagles were well on their way to extinction in the lower 48 states – it was rare to see one in the wild. Thanks to good environmental management in the years that followed, bald eagles have made a comeback. In fact, there are about 500 active nests in Missouri.
During the winter, the Show-Me State is an eagle magnet as the birds move south following open water. Because the locks, dams and power stations on the state’s rivers and lakes, especially the Mississippi River, keep some water from freezing and have a tendency to stun fish – eagles’ favorite food – the majestic birds find Missouri the perfect winter getaway.
Eagle watching is a big draw for residents and visitors alike. The Missouri Department of Conservation hosts Eagle Days events at locations throughout the state through February. Activities include special programs and eagle viewing with assistance from volunteers and spotting scopes.
In addition to Eagle Days events, there are many places in Missouri to see eagles during the winter, INCLUDING TRUMAN LAKE.
Be sure to dress for the weather – and don’t forget your binoculars or a spotting scope for the best view.
There is just something about Truman Lake’s quiet and uncrowded water and land that makes for relaxing and enjoying the unsurpassed beauty – but it also offers exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities.
Truman Lake is the largest flood control lake in the state of Missouri. At normal pool the lake covers 56,000 acres, but when the pool is at the top of flood control the number of acres increases to 200,000, spreading into portions of four counties: Benton, Henry, Hickory and St. Clair.
Truman Lake and the managed Army Corp of Engineers land surrounding Truman encompasses 259 square miles of land and water that is great for boating, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking/biking and just exploring nature at its finest.
Truman Lake is home to trophy largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish just waiting for your challenge!
There are full service marinas, local fishing guides to take you out and show you how to catch the “big one” and you won’t find friendlier people than the locals to show you what hospitality is all about.
Plan your adventures on Truman Lake!

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