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In the Park
A Diverse Habitat For All.
Bald Eagle State Park is perhaps best known for its centerpiece – a the 1,730-acre F.J. Sayers lake, which serves as an oasis for swimmers, boaters and fishing enthusiasts of all ages. The park is not only a premier recreational destination, but also home to a diverse habitat that attracts many species of wildlife, particularly birds.
Air Shows Performed Daily.
The mountain ridges create excellent flyways for migrating birds, and many find sanctuary to rest and feed during their migration. Seasoned birders as well as beginners find exploring the park with a pair of binoculars a treat no matter what the season.
Here in the spring, songbirds rule the roost. Warblers, flycatchers and swallows display courtship rituals and chirp enchanting melodies while searching for nesting spots in the park. Boaters and beach goers commonly see herons, gulls, geese and osprey around the lake. In the fall, migrating mergansers, cormorants, and buffleheads take to the waters. The lake is also home to at least one pair of Bald Eagles, whose nest site is clearly visible across the lake from the Nature Inn.
Nature At Work.
Year-round, Bald Eagle State Park offers a variety of interpretive programs designed with environmental awareness in mind. From guided walks and hands-on activities to campfire programs, visitors learn new appreciation for the region’s natural and historical resources.
Surrounding the lake, the park’s natural geology provides a diverse backdrop of forests, fields, wetlands and streams. Natural succession is ongoing in the park’s habitat as old field grasses give way to goldenrod and asters, while gray dogwood and sumacs are naturally supplanted by pines and maples. These fields are home to bluebird, monarch butterfly, woodchuck, and cottontail rabbit, while squirrel and downy woodpecker inhabit the woodlands.
A forest of mature oaks and hickory trees covers Bald Eagle Mountain and provides homes for porcupine and turkey. The edge habitat (created when old fields meet woods and wetlands) allows white-tailed deer, woodcock and red-winged blackbird to thrive.
The Source Of The Resource.
The heart of the park is the lake, created by the Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, which draws most of its water from Bald Eagle Creek. As the creek flows through limestone, its waters become alkaline, making the lake conditions ideal as a warm-water fishery.
Anglers vie for black crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch and other warm-water species. The lake also attracts snapping turtles, osprey, great blue heron and the occasional majestic bald eagle. Several intermittent streams also flow into the lake providing habitat for aquatic insects, crayfish, and minnows.
For more information on the park, visit: www.dcnr.state.pa.us