We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
206 South Main St.
Galena, IL 61036
Phone: (815) 777-2883
Fax: (815) 777-2833
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Mon - Thurs: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The picturesque town of Galena lies in the northwest corner of Illinois where you can find dramatic views of the Mississippi River, lofty geologic precipes, scenic farms as well as historic buildings. It is one of the most unique areas in the state, harboring rare plant species found nowhere else in Illinois. The highest geographical point in the state is in Scales Mound, the next town northeast of Galena, and the darkest area in the state occurs at Apple River Canyon State Park, located in the eastern part of Jo Daviess County. Because northwest Illinois -- and also portions of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa -- escaped the continential glaciers of the Pleistocene Epoch, it is known as the "Driftless Area."
A few interesting facts about the natural wonders here:
There are many places to enjoy the natural beauty of Galena and the surrounding area. There are two state parks nearby-- Apple River Canyon State Park and Mississippi Palisades State Park. The Upper Mississippi River National Fish & Wildlife Refuge runs along the Mississippi River, with the Lost Mound Unit recently opening to the public at the old Savanna Army Depot, which is located between the towns of Hanover and Savanna.
The non-profit Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) owns several properties that are open to the public, including Schurmeier Teaching Forest in Elizabeth, and the Buehler Preserve and Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve (pictured above -- a great place to go birding) in Galena. There are many birding enthusiast members of the JDCF, and so during spring and fall migration time, there are weekly birding outings as well as other special events. For more information, see the Web site www.jdcf.org. Birding trips are also offered by Gregg Painter, an expert birder (and Wild Birds Unlimited customer). See his Web site at www.galenabirdingtours.com.
The Galena River Trail is a scenic place to hike and bike in the town of Galena, and it features views of the Galena River and towering bluffs. See www.cityofgalena.org/recreation.cfm . Fever River Outfitters rents canoes, kayaks, bicycles, scooters, snowshoes, and ice skates, and also hosts birding and nature tours in Galena. See www.feverriveroutfitters.com. Adventure Creek Alpaca Farm is located near Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve, and is a great place to see these wonderful animals. See www.adventurecreek.com.
For a complete listing of other ways to enjoy the natural wonders of the Galena area, visit www.galena.org and www.visitgalena.org. Across the Mississippi River is the city of Dubuque, which also has a lot to offer. Visitor information may be found at www.dubuquechamber.com. The Dubuque chapter of the Audubon Society hosts many events at Dubuque nature preserves. See their Web site at www.audubondubuque.org.