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Where do eagles nest on the Root River?

I am told that there are eagles nesting on the Root River. Could you please tell me where on the river they are? Do you have a map of the location of the nest? Thank you! - Stacie, Rochester

There's a giant nest right on Minnesota 16 between Peterson and Whalan, east of Lanesboro, says Steve Klotz, DNR fisheries area supervisor. He says you can't miss it; eagles add every year to their nests, which can weigh more than a ton (in this region, bears have been seen hibernating in them).

Klotz says many bald eagles live in the woods around the hatchery, on the southern edge of Lanesboro, and often come to pilfer fish out of its pond.

"There are more eagles down here than I've ever seen,'' he says. "If you drive around here during winter, they're absolutely all over the place.''

I've seen bald eagles on the North Branch of the Root River, a popular canoeing and kayaking stretch northwest of Lanesboro. Golden eagles also live in southeast Minnesota. Paddling is a good way to spot eagles, but it's easier to spot the nests before trees leaf out.

You can order a map of the river at www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/rootriver/index.html. And if you're going to be exploring bluff country, I'd take a DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, which shows all the little county roads.

Last updated on April 4, 2009