Purple Martin Tours June 28 – Aug 26
Join Wingard’s Naturalist and USCG Captain Zach Steinhauser or Rick Crout for a pontoon tour of the largest purple martin roost in North America… right here on Lake Murray. Zach has been all over the United States, and even to Brazil, studying this migratory songbird. You’re sure to enjoy this sunset cruise to Bomb Island, with our tour guides who are undeniably the most knowledgeable tour guides on the lake. Evening tours showcasing the daily return of the martins to Bomb Island at sunset will be available Tuesday through Friday, beginning June 28 thru August 26. The martins leave the island at dawn each morning for their day of insect hunting and training their newborns for the long flight to Brazil in the Fall. We have also scheduled four early Saturday morning tours to watch the martins take off from the island at sunrise.
Tours cost $50 per adult, $45 for children 12 and under. Evening tours depart promptly from Jake’s Landing at 7 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. Morning tours depart promptly at 6 a.m. and return at 8 a.m. We encourage you to arrive at 30 minutes prior to departure so that you will have plenty of time to board.
Note that guests who arrive late will be left at the dock and will not receive a refund or opportunity to reschedule.
Jake’s Landing is located at 220 Jake’s Landing Road, which is off of North Lake Drive near the Lake Murray Dam in Lexington.
There is a $3 fee per car to park at Jake’s Landing, and carpooling is encouraged. Please pay for parking inside the building, before you board. Chilled water will be provided on the tour, and you are welcome to bring beverages or snacks.