Conowingo Dam Photography Location


November marks the annual gathering of photographers at Conowingo Dam, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the majestic Eagles. We’ve connected with an amazing bunch here – some seasoned pros in their element, others enthusiastic newbies just getting their feet wet in photography. It’s a lively and diverse community brought together by our shared love for capturing nature’s beauty through the lens. We’ve met some of the best people at this location! 

Something truly spectacular happens every winter along the lower Susquehanna River in northern Maryland. It’s a gathering of over 100 Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam, an event you don’t want to miss! The excitement starts when the sirens go off and the gates open, signaling the start of the feeding frenzy. Photographers flock to capture the perfect shot, yelling things like “incoming” to warn others of approaching eagles. And when those majestic birds dive for their fish, chaos ensues as other birds try to steal their meal. It’s a wild sight – with eagle battles in the sky and hot pockets in our gloves, and we brave the cold for this incredible nature experience. Don’t miss your chance to witness it all with Extra Eyes Photo Tours during peak eagle season every November.


Photography Magazine and Extra and Extra Eyes Photo Tours annually visit Conowingo Dam in Maryland. This is what we refer to as “Nature at its best.” The Conowingo Dam is one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the Baltimore area. It is a weekend photography tour, Friday through Sunday.



As the winter chill sets in at the Susquehanna River in northern Maryland, the rush of water signals the start of the feeding frenzy as sirens blare and gates open, sending tons of fish through the powerful turbines of the dam. It’s a sight not to be missed for any nature enthusiast.

The air is filled with excitement and anticipation as photographers gather to capture their best shots of these magnificent birds. As you stand among fellow photographers, cameras ready, you’ll hear calls of “incoming” as an eagle swoops down towards the river. Circling above, they scan the waters below before diving down with outstretched claws to catch their prey. And once the first fish is seen, the real action begins.

Like a scene from a wild documentary, other birds in the area swoop in to try and steal the prized catch from the eagle’s grasp. Sometimes, two birds become entangled in a fierce battle over one fish, soaring above the river in a daring aerial display. It’s a thrilling sight that showcases these incredible creatures’ beauty and ferocity.

The majestic Conowingo Dam in Maryland stands tall and proud, a feat of human engineering nestled against the lush backdrop of nature. It is a spectacular photography location, especially in November when numerous eagles gather here. Skilled photographers worldwide flock to this spot, eagerly awaiting the perfect shot of these magnificent birds. As the sun sets, casting a golden glow over the Dam and its surroundings, the scene becomes breathtaking and worthy of capturing in film or pixels.


To reach the Dam, a simple journey awaits. One can take the I-95 North toward the Delaware Memorial Bridge from the bustling city of New York. Cruise through the picturesque countryside, past the charming towns and verdant fields, and soon, you’ll find yourself at the entrance to the Dam. As you approach, the towering structure looms large against the horizon, its presence a testament to human ingenuity and the ability to harness nature’s power. The Dam stretches across the Susquehanna River.


The best time to visit Conowingo Dam to see these magnificent birds of prey is in autumn, particularly in November. During this time, the eagles gather along the river to prepare for their annual migration south. The Dam provides a haven for these majestic creatures, offering ample food for the eagles. We like to pick days above 40 degrees. It’s hard to be outside all day when it goes below. We want an excellent parking spot, so we go into the car every few hours and warm up, so again 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. arrival is best.


Of course, the most essential gear is your z om lens. We highly suggest a minimum of 400mm. If you don’t have one, you can rent one. Bring a tripod to stabilize your camera and a monopod for stability while shooting handheld. It’s also wise to bring extra memory cards, batteries, and lens cleaning supplies to ensure you capture every breathtaking moment without interruption.


Food, snacks, water, and a comfy chair or camping stool to set up in one spot for extended periods. Binoculars, a hat, gloves, and layers of clothing are also essential, as the weather can be unpredictable, and the viewing areas can be exposed to the elements—hot pockets for your shoes and gloves. 

Armed with your camera gear, you will embark on this exhilarating journey to capture the beauty of the Conowingo Dam and its avian visitors.


A 400mm lens at this location will make you the little fish in the big pond. No pun intended. 400mm is sufficient, but the bigger, the better here. You should rent a lens if you lack the necessary equipment.

You will shoot in shutter priority on a sunny day at 1/1200th of a second. There are other ways to shoot, but that is the easiest way for beginners. Use ISO 100 on sunny days with a high shutter speed. You can pop your ISO up to 400 or 800 on cloudy days. Never go over 800 ISO to avoid grain. Keep your shutter speed at a minimum of 1/1000th for this location to keep the birds crisp in your images. Almost every picture you see on this page is shot at 1/1000th sec.


  • Photo Tip: You can easily overexpose the white parts of the eagles on sunny days. We use exposure compensation to go down one stop -1 to prevent this.
  • During November through the beginning of January. Mid-November is known to be peak Eagle time.
  • Bring chairs. You will be waiting for the action to happen.
  • Check on the Conowingo Dam Release Schedule – See when the gates open and the fish floods. 1-888-457-4076.
  • Get there around 6:30 a.m. if you want upfront parking on the weekends. It doesn’t matter which spot you choose; each location has pros and cons.

Extra Eyes Photo Tours – Conowingo Dam November Workshop

Don’t go alone. Join our group. Learn photography and get lessons while when waiting for the eagles to fly. You will surely come home with incredible eagle photography if you go on the Conowining Dam Photography Tour.

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The Conowingo Dam is a large hydroelectric dam in the lower Susquehanna River. There are no fees to go here or to photograph here. There is a large parking lot, but during November, peak eagle photography month, the lot will fill up very early. We like getting here around 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. for a decent parking space.



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