J-2 Power Plant Eagle Viewing Facility

One of the best sites for viewing eagles in Nebraska is the Johnson #2 (J-2) Hydro Power Plant south of Lexington. Owned by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, the power plant building provides an excellent location for viewing eagles feeding on fish in the canal below the power plant spillway. Central invites the public to watch the eagles from the comfort of their building and even provides spotting scopes, information and sometimes a guide. The facility is sometimes closed to the public during warm weather or if there aren’t eagles using the spillway. More than several hundred eagles winter in central Nebraska each year with concentrations at or near the J-2 facility sometimes approaching 100 eagles.This dense concentration of eagles here is caused by eagles feeding on stunned fish that have fallen over the hydroplant’s spillway when other feeding locations have frozen up.