Kentucky Tourism

Nature Watch Weekend: Sandhill Cranes Lucas, KY

  • Nature Watch Weekend: Sandhill Cranes


1149 State Park Road
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Lucas, KY 42156

 Each year thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop as they congregate in huge numbers to migrate. The lake’s exposed mud flats in winter provide the birds with a perfect spot to rest and socialize as they settle in for the night. Ample farmlands and wet meadows offer plenty of food.

Sandhill cranes are tall, gray birds reaching heights up to 4 feet, weighing up to 12 pounds with a wingspan of 6-7 feet. They have two distinct features about them: one is their appearance of a crimson, red-crowned forehead, white cheeks, and fluffy rear end; the other is when in flight, the long dark legs trail behind and the long neck is kept straight out, rather than tucked in towards the body.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park is offering tours on two weekends for guests to learn more about these intriguing birds with a unique sound. Tours will be held Jan. 20-21 and Jan. 27, 2018. Each weekend also includes an educational session conducted by a wildlife biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Registration is $45 per adult and $30 per child 8-12 years old (must be at least 8 years old to go on van tours). The fee includes all educational sessions, a box lunch, a long sleeve t-shirt and a choice of a Saturday sunrise, Saturday sunset, or Sunday sunrise tour. Discounted Senior Tours will be offered to Seniors ages 55+ on Wednesdays, Jan. 17 and Jan. 24, at $40 per person.

Limited space available; registration required.

$45 for adults. $30 for children.

Senior Discount Tours: $40/person (price valid for Wednesday tours only).

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Barren River Lake State Resort Park
1149 State Park Road,
Lucas, KY 42156
Phone: (270) 646-2151
Jan 19 - Jan 21, 2018
Jan 26 - Jan 27, 2018