skagit eagles winter eco tour - bald eagles eating salmon


December   9:30 am – 4:30 pm*
$186 Adult, $93 Child (10 & under)

*times set to accommodate the Amtrak Cascades train schedule from Seattle and Vancouver into the Mount Vernon station.

Activity level: easy

The Skagit Eagles Winter Eco Tour takes you to experience the wilderness along the Skagit & Nooksack Rivers.  Hundreds of migratory bald eagles congregate in NW Washington’s rivers to feast on the winter salmon run!

Our expert local Guide-Naturalist Stephanie will share her knowledge of bald eagles as we stop along the river to watch and listen to the eagles.  You’ll find yourself surrounded by the snow-covered mountains of the North Cascades, as well as the moss & lichen covered trees. The incessant glacial meltwater of our life sustaining rivers will serenade you all along. A visit to the Skagit Bald Eagle Interpretive Center and/or a salmon hatchery may be included, depending on the day of the week.

As the salmon carcass supply dwindles in the rivers, bald eagles begin spending more time in Skagit and Samish farmlands, as do we to maximize the eagle viewing and photo opportunities.

During the Skagit Eagles Winter Eco Tour, Stephanie will talk about the life cycle of salmon, the different species, and their importance in sustaining not only the bald eagles, but also bears, orcas, the PNW fisheries and ways of life. Additionally, you’ll understand the role our magnificent temperate rainforest plays in sheltering the entire river watershed systems on which their wildlife, and humans, depend upon.  A walk through an old growth forest may be included (time and interest dependent).

Warm clothing, gloves, hats, footwear, and rain gear are highly recommended during our wet and crisp winter days.


A serene (but chilly) 3-hr float down the river is available for an additional fee.  Please inquire for availability and cost.

Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity

Small group size: 1-5 Adventurers

Pick-up & drop-off locations: Mount Vernon Amtrak train & bus Station, Anacortes Ferry, hotels, motels, B&Bs, AirBnBs, marinas, residences & Airporter Shuttle locations in Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington & Mount Vernon.

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30 years safely guiding Adventures for thousands of happy Adventurers!

This Adventure is professionally lead by Naturalist-Guide (and owner) Stephanie.  She has guided all sorts of fun and educational land and water-based Adventures, throughout the US, Mexico and Canada, for the past 30 years.  She shares her passion for nature on every Adventure, as well as her knowledge of the natural & cultural history, marine & terrestrial habitats, flora & fauna, and ways of life of NW Washington.  Read more about her.

Got questions?   (360) 47 47 47 9

skagit eagles winter eco tour - eagles on tree by river

Staying in Seattle or Vancouver but don’t have a car?  Easy.  Hop on the Amtrak Cascades train from the Seattle King Station to the Mount Vernon Station pickup.  Other options include the Amtrak Thruway Bus, Greyhound bus, public transit bus and the Airporter Shuttle.

The Skagit Eagles Winter Eco Tour is an ideal Adventure for a single traveler, couples, a small group of friends or family, or a private charter.

Stay longer for a multi-day Adventure to “Re-Wild” Your Spirit! in NW Washington. Add the Anacortes “Wild Side” Eco Tour, San Juan Orcas Island Day Tour and/or Day Hiking in the North Cascades to this AdventureCheck out the rest of our Guided Adventures.

Enjoy a cozy night’s stay at our partners Blanchard Mountain Farm Guest House in Bow or Wild Iris Inn and Katie’s Inn Bed & Breakfasts in beautiful La Conner (ask us how to obtain a 10% discount). We’ll gladly recommend more accommodations in our neighboring towns of Anacortes, Mount Vernon and Burlington.


“This was quick trip for holiday flew from east saw 27 species in one day and saw 160 bald eagles one morning! Stephanie is best guide I ever had.what a wonderful 2 days I had,,highly recomended.” Jung, South Korea