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Galena Waterways
Galena Welcome Center

Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
9a.m. – 5p.m. Daily

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Boating, Fishing & Camping

With so much to see and do in Galena, setting aside a few days for your visit will allow you to discover the town firsthand.

  • Stroll along Galena's Main Street and shop our art galleries, antiques stores, and eclectic boutique shops.
  • Discover Galena's countryside, quiet waterways and scenic vistas with a camping trip and a relaxing hike or kayak excursion.
  • Learn about Galena's rich history and agricultural heritage with a visit to a historic site or attraction.
  • Visit when snow blankets the ground to enjoy winter recreation including downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Refresh your body, mind and spirit at a Galena spa; pamper yourself with a luxurious treatment or relaxing massage.
  • Make the most of your quality time together by venturing out each evening to experience live entertainment & nightlife.


Apple River Canyon State Park

Apple River Canyon State Park offers fishing, picnicking, hiking, camping and more. Spend the day enjoying the great outdoors! The Apple River has a variety ...more

8763 E. Canyon Rd.
Apple River IL 61001
Local: 815-745-3302

Apple River Canyon State Park - Thompson/Salem Units

These areas allow hunting, hiking and fishing. No boating/biking. Please see postings/fact sheets at registration and sign in/out at visitor parking lots. ...more

Scout Camp Rd. and Salem Rd.
Stockton IL 61085
Local: 815-745-3302

Blanding Landing Recreation Area

This area is open year round and offers seasonal camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting and boat access to the Mississippi River. ...more

5720 S. River Rd.
Hanover IL 61041
Local: 815-591-2326

Galena Boat Landing

This boat landing offers access to the Galena River and is free to the public. Bring your kayak, canoe or any small watercraft and spend the day enjoying ...more

Access Through Depot Parking Lot
Bouthillier Street
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-1050

Hanover Bluff Natural Area

Enjoy a 16-acre public lake filled with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. No boating. Please sign in and out at visitor parking. This area ...more

Hanover Hill Rd.
Hanover IL 61041
Local: 815-745-3302