Paddling Options

• Kayaks   •  Canoes   • Stand Up Paddle Boards

Trips =

We transport you and “Our Boats”

Freestyle =

No  transport.

Shuttle =

We transport you and “Your Boat”

TRIPS = We transport you and “Our Boats”

Trip One

Buckhill to Galena Landing

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Our most popular trip starts at a private landing in the rural outskirts of Galena. A northern route meanders through a lush rural scene, shaded by greenery and the wingspan of blue herons that frequent the route. As you near town you’ll cross under romantic footbridges which connect the beauty of Grants Park on the east side, to the steeples and clocktowers of the west. Five miles down from the start and just south of the Hwy 20 bridge is the Galena Boat Landing. Here is the perfect place to land, stretch your legs and perhaps picnic on the grass. Right across the street and river is Fever River Outfitters.

Trip TWO

Galena to Ferry Landing

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This trip is truly a leisurely stroll on a shady river boulevard. Unless you’ve been informed of vast history of the Galena River (formerly known as the Fever River), you may not even realize you’re paddling down the same river that moved the hundreds of steamboats which made Galena a steamboat destination in the early 1800s. If you’re looking for more than nature, you’ll see the little remains of the Galena River lock and dam, and the old railroad bridge bordering the end of the Galena and the start of the beautiful backwaters of the Mississippi River. Just after you cross under the railroad bridge you’ll travel north on the narrow “Harris Slough,” named after the famous Captain Harris. The last mile of your paddle is upstream on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The strongest flow is in spring, so the best time to paddle this lower route is Mid June through September. Approximately two and a half hours from when we help you launch, we’ll meet you at Ferry Boat Landing, pick you up there and drive you back to Galena. (Cell phones required).

Trip Three

Buckhill to Ferry Landing

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Can’t decide between trip 1 and trip 2? Why not put them together and paddle the whole 10.25 mile route? The first 5 miles (see trip 1 description) takes approximately 2 hours to paddle. The halfway mark is at Hwy 20 bridge boat launch. There’s a picnic area at the East side of the Galena Boat landing, which is a good place to take a break and stretch your legs. The second half of the river (see trip 2 description) takes most two and a half hours to paddle. The last mile of your paddle is upstream on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The strongest flow is in spring, so the best time to paddle this lower route is Mid June through September. Approximately 5 hours from when we help you launch, we’ll meet you at Ferry Boat Landing, pick you up there and drive you back to Galena. (Cell phones required)

FREESYTLE = 2 Hour Rentals

Freestyle rentals are hourly rentals, available in 2-hr, 3-hr or Full day rental (4+hrs) durations. Put in and take out is at the same location, the Galena Boat Landing. No transport service is needed. In other words we don’t drive you anywhere. You simply walk across the street to the boat launch, put in there and paddle up or down the river for up to your allotted time.

Kayak or Canoe

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Stand Up Paddle Board

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Tandem Kayak

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Fishing Kayak

Try a new way to relax on your day off, . . enjoying fishing by kayak. Rent one of our stable and comfortable fishing kayaks and drift, pedal or paddle down the Galena River, while pulling in small mouth bass, catfish and walleye.

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SHUTTLE = We transport you and “Your Boats”

Shuttle Service Trip 1, 2 and 3

Select Shuttle Service only if you are bringing your own canoe or Kayak. Shuttle is available on the Galena River, for trips 1, 2 or 3. And shuttle services depart at the same times as our trips. We will need you to fill out a questionnaire in advance, so we can coordinate the service.

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