Eagle Days scheduled at Smithville Lake

Published Nov. 3, 2017
Members of the public use spotting scopes set up for the 16th Annual Eagle Days on Jan. 5, 2013, at Smithville Lake in Missouri. Approximately 2,150 people attended the event, many of which had never been to the lake. About 15 eagles performed for the crowds around the lake while Operation Wildlife hosted seven live eagle shows indoors over the weekend. Photo by Derek R. Dorsey.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to Smithville Lake’s 23rd Annual Eagle Days in Smithville, Mo., Jan. 6 and 7, 2018. Photo by Derek R. Dorsey.

SMITHVILLE, Mo.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to Smithville Lake’s 23rd Annual Eagle Days in Smithville, Mo., Jan. 6 and 7, 2018.

“Nearly 1,500 attend this event annually,” said Derek Dorsey, Smithville Lake park manager. “This will be the 23rd year the Corps of Engineers has hosted this event and we appreciate working with our local partners to ensure the attendees have a great experience at the Smithville Lake Eagle Days.” 

The two-day event is highlighted by live predatory bird programs hosted by Operation Wildlife on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Complex. Several other vendors will participate Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Eagle viewing stations with spotting scopes and agency personnel will be available to help visitor's view live eagles in the wild. 

“Smithville Lake plays a vital role by providing habitat for several thousand wintering birds in the Midwest,” said Dorsey. “We hope attendees enjoy the amazing learning opportunities provided over the two-day event to learn more about bald eagles in the wild and why the Corps of Engineers and our partners work so hard to preserve them and their habitat.”  

The event is free but seating for the live predatory bird programs is limited to 175 people per show. Tickets are not needed for the event. Don’t forget to bring cameras, binoculars and scopes and to dress warm for outside viewing. If you have questions regarding Eagle Days at Smithville Lake, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Jerry Litton Visitor Center by calling (816) 532-0174.  

Paradise Pointe Golf Course Complex Address:

18212 Golf Course Road

Smithville, MO  64089


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