One of the most majestic creatures on Earth — and a proud national symbol of the United States — the bald eagle is one of the most highly revered birds of prey. It’s extremely rare to spot one in the wild, but if you get the chance, it’s an experience you will never forget! Luckily, you’ll have the opportunity to see them when you visit Southern Minnesota Bluff Country. Read on to learn about the best time to see the eagles in Red Wing, MN.
This Is The Best Time to See the Eagles in Red Wing, MN
With hundreds of lakes, rivers, and streams, Southern Minnesota Bluff Country is a prime nesting ground for migrating eagles. During the wintertime, they love to flock to areas of the Mississippi River where the water doesn’t freeze. Red Wing is located along this “Mississippi Flyway,” and is one of the larger, migratory routes for birds. Here, you can watch dozens (sometimes even hundreds!) of eagles nesting, fishing, or soaring above the open water. While you can view them all winter long, the peak time to see this incredible phenomenon is February through March.
Where to View Eagles in Red Wing
Many of our guests at the St. James ask us about the best areas for bald eagle viewing. In fact, the eagles have been sighted within blocks of our historic hotel! Here are some of our favorite viewing areas:
1. Red Wing Waterfront
Nestled between Bay Point Park and Colvill Park, the Red Wing waterfront is teeming with migrating and resident eagles during the winter months. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and a camera!
2. Colvill Park
Neighboring Colvill Park offers several roosting areas and plenty of open water for migrating eagles. You’ll find many of them gathered along the river or the protected bay. When you visit, you’re also likely to spot ducks, swans, and other bird species.
3. Bay Point Park
Another popular migratory area is Bay Point Park. The park is located on Levee Road, off of Hwy 61. Look for birds perched up in the trees, or see them floating atop large ice sheets in the river. Make sure to bundle up if you decide to venture outside of your car. The park has a short walking path that is open year-round.
4. National Eagle Center
Are you brave enough to stand face-to-face with an eagle? You can see these majestic raptors up close when you visit the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. Come within feet of a real eagle, with no barrier in between. Explore two levels of interactive exhibits, including a life-sized replica of a bald eagle nest. Learn all about these incredible birds of prey while you stand right next to them. It is sure to be an experience you will always remember! Pro Tip: The National Eagle Center is CLOSED on Mondays.
Book Your Stay at the St. James Hotel
After a fabulous day exploring Red Wing, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa at St. James Hotel! Set amid the bluffs of the Mississippi River, our historic hotel offers the ideal accommodations for your getaway. Each of our 67 Victorian rooms is appointed with top-notch amenities and comfortable furnishings to ensure that your stay is a relaxing one. Plus, all the best winter activities, ski trails, and attractions are just minutes away!
For a truly unforgettable stay, we recommend booking one of our Whirlpool Rooms. Take a luxurious soak in your whirlpool bath, relax on your King or Queen-sized bed, and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Mississippi River or downtown Red Wing. Check our availability and book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you!