The eagle-viewing facility below Kingsley Dam will open for the season Jan. 5 and remain open until the first weekend in March. The facility is open for eagle-viewing from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MST) on Saturdays and Sundays.A limited number of binoculars are available, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own viewing equipment.
The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District once again provides eagle-watching opportunities to the public this winter at Lake McConaughy and near Lexington.
The J-2 viewing center will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., CST on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 22. The hydroplant is located south of Lexington near the intersection of county roads 749 and 750. It will remain open until the first weekend in March.
Eagles are attracted to feed on fish in the open water below the plants, particularly when rivers and lakes in the area are covered with ice. Central has provided eagle-viewing opportunities at J-2 since 1988 and at Kingsley Dam since 1990.
Several factors influence the number of eagles on any given day, including weather, ice on bodies of water, how many eagles are wintering in the area, and whether the hydroplants are on-line and churning the water. The best viewing time is normally earlier in the day. There is no admission charge.
For more information about eagles and viewing opportunities, visit Central's Web page at www.cnppid.com or call (308) 995-8601.