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Shepaug Eagle Observation Area

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Address: River Road, Southbury, CT
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First of many visits

A great place for nature lovers to see such magnificent birds. Unfortunately though they can only be seen in winter here.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for nature lovers to see such magnificent birds. Unfortunately though they can only be seen in winter here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

If you wanna get really close with nature this is definitely the place. Simply gorgeous. Definitely worth visiting. Highly recommended

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

A quick .75 round trip fairly easy uphill walk to the dam. The main road has side trails and there is a canoe portage point at the bottom with picnic tables. Lots of joggers and bikes.

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Southbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting to see these special creatures in a natural setting. If you get lucky, you might even see some juveniles 'wrestling' in the air or an adult fishing. The attendants can answer all you questions.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2016

It seems the day my family visited was one of the few when no eagles were spotted--bummer! We will go back to try again another day. The volunteers are very impressive with their knowledge and dedication. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and prepare to sit, wait and watch. Try to get a seat by the fire inside the shelter!

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Stanwood, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2016 via mobile

You will be required to make reservations, the guard will not let you enter without. Eagles are totally amazing for a few months each year. Because it is on the hydroelectric plant the water doesn't freeze allowing the eagles access to fish during the cold weather.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2016

We went on a whim one day since it is free. It is only open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from December - March (mid month). We were amazed at how wonderful this place is! All the staff/volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and so excited and willing to answer any questions you have. When we were walking from the parking area to... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2015

We've been here a few times and have had totally amazing eagle sightings and other times it wasn't very good. You can't predict wildlife - so you have to roll with it and hope you're there on a good day! Worth going! Dress warm!!

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Monroe, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2015

Like typical wildlife, you may and you may not see much. The staff there are very good at finding the elusive birds and are eager to help you find them. Too bad they can't guarantee birds, but it is nature after all. It is a nice setting, but again maybe, maybe not for many eagles

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Southbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2015

Call ahead, you usually need an appointment. Also, you need to make sure it is the proper time of year to view the eagles. If weather is cold, dress appropriately because it is an outside venue. There is some shelter, but it is unheated. Bring binoculars.

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