Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam (Conowingo Fisherman's Park)

Come see the bald eagle congregation at Conowingo Dam. If we are lucky, like the last time, the eagles will be in the trees overhead of where we will be standing, some less than 30' away.

See this site http://www.harfordbirdclub.org/conowingo.html for details. It's the best description of what we hope to see. This is an excerpt from the site:

Bald Eagle numbers vary from a half-dozen in summer to 30-40 in winter. It is not unusual to find 20 in a single scan from November through February. While there are larger concentrations elsewhere, Conowingo is considered one of the best places east of the Mississippi River to view Bald Eagles because the birds are nearly always present in good numbers and viewing conditions are excellent. The sun is nearly behind observers all day throughout the year. About one out of three winters a single Golden Eagle is found with the Bald Eagles.

Directions:

The dam is less than one hour's drive due south of Lancaster, just across the Maryland line. Heading south, once you are across the Conowingo Dam bridge, take the first left, and then take the first left. Basically, follow the signs to Conowingo Fisherman's Park.

There is no charge to enter the park, parking (there is plenty) is free, and children are welcome.

Carpool Information:

Arrive: 7:45AM - Depart 8:00AM 
Where: AC Moore  
1515 Lititz Pike  
Lancaster, PA 17601

If you are carpooling, remember to split the cost of the trip.

 

Join or login to comment.

  • Terri W.

    Happy I was able to make it this year...great morning. Thanks Mike for organizing the event. I plan on going again as it's only an hour from home.

    November 18, 2013

  • MARTIN

    Great event!

    November 17, 2013

  • Bill K

    Had a great time!

    November 17, 2013

  • Brian Mc D.

    I was able to get a few good shots.

    November 17, 2013

  • Erika

    What an amazing day!! Thanks Mike Bolton for setting this up.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Ferd B.

    I go there a lot and this was the most activity that I've ever seen.

    November 16, 2013

  • Dr. Lee J. S.

    Thanks to Mike Bolton for organizing this Meetup. I really enjoyed the photo opportunity and the interaction with other members of our group. I was looking forward to this for some time now and was not disappointed. The eagles were very cooperative.

    November 16, 2013

  • Ken B.

    great event

    November 16, 2013

  • Jeromy D.

    I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of activity we had from our feathered friends today. Never having been there before I didn't know what to expect. That was by far the most eagles I've seen in one place. And, they were fishing all day long which made for a fun time shooting.

    November 16, 2013

  • Lynn G.

    I wish I'd had a more powerful lens and that the eagles were "performing" more. Someone forgot to tell them we were coming and wanted to get spectacular shots. Oh, well.

    November 16, 2013

  • Charles S.

    One of the best days yet for eagle activity. If only they'd hold still for a moment. If only I had a longer lens. If only ..........

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Jack P.

    I enjoyed it. I have had very little practice taking pictures of birds in flight. After seeing some of the shots that other members got I realized that it can be done and forced myself to try it. The results were not great, but better than I expected. I would go again. It was also a good opportunity to meet other members.

    November 16, 2013

  • Rachelle

    Lots of "live action."

    November 16, 2013

  • Mike B.

    A couple of quick notes for tomorrow’s meetup at the Conowingo Dam:
    There is no concession stand. If you want food/snacks/water you need to bring them along.
    It is usually colder by the water, dress appropriately.
    Consider bringing a fold up chair. There are long periods of standing when nothing is happening.

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Thanks Hank. If you know the lunch truck’s hours you can publish here.

      November 15, 2013

    • Hank Schott J.

      As it turned out, the lunch truck was for a special event last week.

      November 16, 2013

  • Hank Schott J.

    Please note:
    Gasoline is cheap down there. Last Saturday, a week ago, $3.099 / Gal. at the Wawa, US Rt. 1, 5 Miles South of US 1.Of course, Hogies are available here also.

    Also regarding food, US Rt. 1 Cross over Damn (NORTH on US 1) about 3 - 4 miles on Left is a Pizza Shop, then up a little bit more is the Spready Oak Diner on Left.

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Ferd B.

      Gas prices shot up this week. My Wawa is up to $3.27.

      November 16, 2013

    • Hank Schott J.

      The same Wawa today was 3.279. I am surprised how it jumped up 18 Cents in just 7 days, almost to the minute.

      November 16, 2013

  • Hank Schott J.

    I would also recomend some time to any one ... for the next time ...
    to walk the path down the river which you can access from the right side end of the parking lot when you come in. It's about 2 miles distance one way to Susquahanna State Park which is also accessable via Rt. 161 or Rt. 155.

    November 16, 2013

  • Hank Schott J.

    I was there last week, have been there many times over the past few years. It's always a nice trip, I especially enjoy getting out of the house for a few hours.

    November 16, 2013

  • Sandy

    I will be meeting everyone there. See you soon

    November 16, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Some additional notes:
    There are typically quite a few people and it will be difficult to stake out one place for our group. However we will try to congregate in one area. After entering the park, turn left and continue down the road until you see a building on the left. We will try to set up camp across the road (on the river side) from that building.

    November 15, 2013

  • scott

    Im at the dam 3-5 days per week snapping away at the eagles in flight

    November 14, 2013

  • Mike B.

    For the dam (pun) meetup:
    Red Ribbons Rule!!!
    Tie a red ribbon to your camera bag or your camera or to your person to identify you as a member of the Lancaster Photo Meetup. Introduce yourself to others with a red ribbon.

    November 11, 2013

  • Brian Mc D.

    Very close to my house and Ive been their a few times but looking forward to going and meeting some people from the group.

    November 10, 2013

  • Rob W.

    Hank,

    Today is the 9th. The photoshoot is next week. Hope to see you there.

    November 9, 2013

  • MARTIN

    I'll leaving from Harrisburg.

    November 8, 2013

  • Hank Schott J.

    There is an interesting little diner further South on Rt. 1 from the Dam on the Right Side, The Spreading Oak. Often you can see some Bald Eagles further south on the River in Havre de Grace at Concord Point Light House along the Board Walk. Look on Flickr.com & search for Shots by Schott. You'll see a few examples of what I found down there.

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • scott

    Im at the dam 3-5 days per week snapping away at the eagles in flight

    1 · October 18, 2013

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more
Katie

I'm surprised by the level of growth I've seen since becoming an organizer, it's given me more confidence in my abilities.

Katie, started NYC ICO

Start your Meetup today

Act now and get 50% off.
Until February 1.

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy