Wingard’s Market offering boat rides to view purple martin spectacle on Lake Murray

Lexington, SC – Join Wingard’s Market Naturalist and USCG Captain Zach Steinhauser or Rick Crout for a pontoon tour of the largest purple martin roost in North America, here in 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 28th - August 26th. 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. There are four early Saturday morning tours scheduled to watch the martins take off from the island at sunrise.

“It is the perfect layover to rest as they are making the journey south to spend the winter in South America. This island is the largest roosting site in North America, and I love sharing my knowledge with people interested in this phenomenon. Every night for me is almost like a new experience.” Steinhauser said.

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