Things to Do On The Water in Galena, IL

Galena Country is home to some beautiful waterways to explore while recharging and reconnecting with nature! To name a few, the Galena River, once crowded with barges full of lead ore and steamboats, is now a serene setting offering beautiful views of the charming city of Galena. The river meanders through lush vegetation on wooded hills, around attractive bluffs, and you’ll be met by a wide variety of wildlife, including Bald Eagles. Discover incredible limestone bluffs carved by the Apple River in the Apple River Canyon State Park, where you’ll find deep ravines, springs, streams, and plenty of wildlife and good fishing spots. Explore the Great Mississippi River by taking an educational river cruise or paddle the backwaters on a canoe. 

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