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Shepaug Eagle Observation Area

River Road, Southbury, CT
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Southbury
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Most recent review
- Apr 15, 2014
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Southbury Ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Just fascinating watching these elegant and interesting eagles, a town treasure for sure. Great for all ages!!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Visited here with a group of Senior Citizens. Staffed by Audubon Volunteers who are very friendly and informative. Must dress for the weather - basically a wooden shelter with large open areas and large windows through which to view the eagles feeding on the river by the dam. Some monoculars are available, but I would advise bringing your own binoculars... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I have seen eagles fishing since the dam runs year round and keeps the water from freezing. There is a small spotting booth set up with spotting scopes and the volunteers are very knowledgeable. Also have seen mergansers and owls.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a amazing place to go hiking!! And the views are amazing!!! I walk the dogs here all the time....they love to play in the water and they love to romp around the trails....It is never busy so a really fun place to go hiking....our dogs really love swimming along the trails and we love being able to step... More

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Shepaug Dam Eagle Observation Area is a Winter time activity. What the deal is that the Eagles hang around until the Hydro dam startrs to operate. They then eat the fish that have been sucked into the turbines and discharged into the river. Dress Warmly and bring your binoculers or spotting scope. This is a "One Of" site. You will... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We brought my niece and nephew here and they loved it. Love seeing the eagles so close. They limit how many people so make sure you make arrangements ahead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Just went this past weekend and had a great time! Easy to make reservations but make sure you do or you will not be permitted access. There are several very friendly, knowledgable volunteers ready to assist you. They even have several scopes set up trained on eagles they have found in the trees across the dam. The day we went,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

You never know if you will see 2 or 20 eagles, but it is always thrilling. The folks there are passionate about birds and nature, will answer every question you have, and are amazing at picking out hte birds and training the high-powered telescopes and binoculars on them.

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Kent, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

This is the place to go in the winter to see Eagles along the Shepaug River. We saw several, not very close by, but visible through binoculars. You have to make a reservation.

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Prospect, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

This place is very well run with reservations required. As rivers and lakes freeze up north in winter, the eagles fly south in search of an adequate food source. The shepaug dam keeps the water constantly moving and providing easy access to the eagles main food source which is fish. Blinds are set up with binoculars to observe the eagles... More

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