Last month on the blog, we spent some time talking about the fantastic trail that meanders along the edge of the Galena River, and which connects up with other major biking & walking trails in the Galena area. This month, we’d like to take a look at the Galena River from an entirely new vantage point; from the water itself! The Galena river is extraordinarily beautiful, and paddling down its gentle waters introduces you to the geological beauty of this area in an entirely new way. Paddling the Galena River is one of our favorite activities of the summer, and makes for a truly unique and relaxing way to see the area. Rooms are booking up fast this summer. Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast in downtown Galena, and don’t miss your chance to get on the water with us this summer!
Paddling the Galena River
You’re welcome to bring your own boat with you to Galena so you can explore the area’s waterways to your hearts content, but there’s really no need. Fever River Outfitters in Galena is a great place to rent a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board. You can either take it our for a spin on the river yourself, or you can enjoy one of their guided trips down the river, depending on your comfort level. Either way, when you rent from Fever River Outfitters you’ll be able to start from their private landing just across the street from their store.
There are several lovely stretches of river that you can paddle, or you can paddle an entire route from north to south (approximately 10 miles). Along the way, you’ll encounter a few swift riffles and plenty of flatwater, as the river meanders around cow pastures, wooded hills and attractive rock outcroppings and bluffs, which have come to define this area’s landscapes. Along the way, you’re certain to see a wide variety of wildlife, including Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, and plenty of songbirds. Other highlights include romantic footbridges, remnants of the Galena Lock and Dam, and an old railroad bridge and two tunnels.
As enjoy your day on the waters of the Galena River, know that you’re traveling on the same waterway that moved hundreds of steamboats, and which made Galena a steamboat destination in the early 1800s. Paddling along this storied waterway is the perfect glimpse into Galena’s historic past. When you’re ready to be back on solid ground, head back to the luxurious Jail Hill Inn for afternoon wine and cheese, before venturing into downtown Galena for dinner and a little live music or other entertainment. Book your stay with us today!