Bald Eagles
Pacific Region
 

 

Recreation (Motorized and Non-Motorized)

If you can't meet these recommendations, please contact your Local Fish and Wildlife Office.

Motorized Watercraft

Motorized Watercraft includes anything on water that is powered by a motor, such as motorboats, airboats, jet-skis, and personal watercraft. Minimize potentially disruptive activities and development in the eagles' direct flight path between their nest and roost sites and important foraging areas. Locate long-term and permanent water-dependent facilities, such as boat ramps and marinas, away from important eagle foraging areas. Avoid recreational and commercial boating and fishing near critical eagle foraging areas during peak feeding times (usually early to mid-morning and late afternoon).

For eagle nests:

Jan 1 – Aug 15

  • Personal watercraft (jet skis) and airboats must stay at least 330 feet from eagle nests (due to increased noise, speed, maneuverability, and visibility)
  • Motorized boats may not concentrate within 330 feet from eagle nests
  • Motorized boat traffic may pass within 330 feet of an eagle nest provided the number of trips is minimized and stopping is avoided

Aug 16 – Dec 31:

  • No buffer is necessary around nest sites outside the breeding season

If you can't meet these recommendations, please contact your Local Fish and Wildlife Office.

Non-Motorized Vehicles

Non-motorized recreation and human entry can cause disturbance.  This includes activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, kayaking, and canoeing. Minimize potentially disruptive activities and development in the eagles' direct flight path between their nest and roost sites and important foraging areas. Locate long-term and permanent water-dependent facilities, such as boat ramps and marinas, away from important eagle foraging areas. Avoid recreational and commercial boating and fishing near critical eagle foraging areas during peak feeding times (usually early to mid-morning and late afternoon), except where eagles have demonstrated tolerance to such activity.

For eagle nests:

Jan 1 – Aug 15

  • Maintain a 330-ft buffer around the nest if the activity is highly visible or highly audible from the nest, particularly if eagles are unaccustomed to the activity.

Aug 16 – Dec 31:

  • No buffer is necessary around nest sites outside the breeding season

If you can't meet these recommendations, please contact your Local Fish and Wildlife Office.

 

 

Can’t find what you need?  Have a recommendation for information that would be helpful on this page?  We appreciate your feedback.

Last updated: April 9, 2012

Migratory Birds & Habitat Programs Home
Pacific Region Home

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Home Page | Department of the Interior  | USA.gov  | About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  | Accessibility  | Privacy  | Notices  | Disclaimer  | FOIA