Winter is coming, just in time for wildlife tours

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By Kentucky Parks

Want to go on safari but only have a few days? Head to one of several Kentucky state parks this winter season for a “wild” adventure where visitors can embark on one of several wildlife tours.


In eastern Kentucky, the largest elk herd east of the Rockies can be viewed from now until March 2018 living in their natural habitat. Day trips and overnight packages that include lodging are available for this experience near Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Trips are $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. For more information, call Jenny Wiley’s at (606) 889-1790.

Sandhill cranes are making the great migration to parts of Kentucky. These cranes, which live 20-30 years and mate for life, can fly 400 miles per day at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet.

Some cranes fly as far south as Florida for winter refuge, but many spend their time near Barren River Lake State Resort Park during the cold months. Van tours are offered January 2018 for two weekends only. Registration is $45 per adult and $30 per child 8-12 years old. Children younger than 8 years old are not permitted on the tours. For more information or to reserve seats on the tours, call (270) 646-2151.

Three Kentucky state parks in western Kentucky offer winter weekend tours to view bald eagles in the area: Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz Jan. 19-21; Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Calvert City Jan. 26-28; and Kenlake State Resort Park near Aurora Feb. 2-4 and 9-10. The popular eagle tours are conducted in either a heated yacht or van. All three parks provide lodging and restaurants. To reserve a spot with Kentucky Dam Village, call (270) 362-4271; for Lake Barkley, call (270) 924-1131; for Kenlake, call (270) 474-2211.

For more information on what Kentucky state parks have to offer this winter, visit www.parks.ky.gov.