Thank You For Supporting Our 2021 Twilight Boat Rides

Our program has concluded for this year.
We look forward to seeing you in August of 2022!

Every year from August through mid-September tens of thousands of Purple Martins flock to our very own Nimisila Reservoir to settle in the reeds overnight as they prepare for migration back to South America.

The PLPMA offers Twilight Boat Rides to expereince this wonder of nature. Our 2 hour tour of Nimisila will feature eagle, osprey and many other birds who call it home. Nimisila offers spectacular sunsets for you to enjoy as you wait for the birds to gather. The aerial show is something you really need to see – there are no words to describe it!

PLX Purple Martins Association
Larry Hunter, Your Proud Captain

A Few Things To Remember For Your Tour:

  • Parking is at Lot C, Nimisila Metroparks, 6194 Christman Road. There is a restroom available at this location.
  • The boats leave PROMPTLY at your designated time (between 6:30p & 7:30p) and will not wait for any late comers. Please arrive early!
  • We recommend rubber sole shoes like tennis shoes, dock shoes or similar as the dock can be slippery. Jackets are recommended after the sun goes down.
  • We are unable to accommodate wheelchairs on the boats.
  • We do not recommend you bring food or drink except for water bottles.
  • Weather varies almost by street in August. We may have to cancel at the last minute due to lightning and bad thunderstorms. If we cancel, we WILL reschedule. We will depart if it is only a summer shower. For your safety, we may make a last minute decision, even if we are at the dock.
  • Please be aware we cannot guarantee a subsequent date if YOU cancel for any reason. We DO NOT issue refunds if you cancel. No rescheduling of dates allowed within 7 days of original date. No-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled.
  • Because noise will distract the birds from landing, we recommend that children under the age of 10 may not benefit from the boat tour. Life preservers are REQUIRED for children under 10. Please advise if you will be bringing a young child/ children and if you have the proper life preservers for them.