Andrea and I yesterday took our annual January drive to Pahranagat to view the bald eagles. This was a better year for us. We spotted 3 juveniles and 2 adults.
The visitor center, with the government shutdown, was closed. However the restrooms at the center and on the upper lakes were clean and spotless. The camping sites were closed, but otherwise the preserve is open.
We were there over 4 hours and saw a total of 3 other cars visit that whole time. The eagles were flying and perched off the east side of the lake, and at times were within 20 feet of our vehicle. They were more relaxed and accessable with greatly reduced human activity. We as well hiked the east side and had many sightings during our walk.