Your Guide to the Best Recreation in Galena

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a 6,800-acre playground in Northern Illinois – a short drive from a myriad of activities in the charming town of Galena. Since welcoming our first guests, our majestic resort has become a cherished vacation destination and one of the best golf resorts in the Midwest, with a marvelous array of fun things to do for guests of all ages. Each day, our activity board is filled with things to do for the young and the young at heart.

Set off on your own or join us for a day of fun every day of the week!

Indoor Pool

Make a splash any of time year in the heated indoor pool, which is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm. On nice days, we'll even open the roof!

Balloon Rides


Galena On The Fly lifts guests up-up-and-away over the rolling hills of The Galena Territory and historic downtown Galena. Depart at sunrise and sunset directly from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa with an experienced pilot who will take guests on a panoramic tri-state tour from an eagle’s point of view.

Call 1.800.690.1287 for more information!

Horseback Rides at Shenandoah Riding Center


Enjoy all four seasons of The Galena Territory with trail rides and lessons at the nearby Shenandoah Riding Center. With 40-miles of groomed riding trails, Shenandoah offers something for riders of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced.

Camp Eagle

Whether parents are looking to enjoy the spa, a round of golf, getting prepared for the Big Wedding or just looking for a quiet dinner at one of our fine restaurants, Camp Eagle is a great place for the kids to make new friends! Join our mascot, Baldwin, for fun-filled, active programs that encourage kids to make friends while enjoying a wide range of camp activities. Camp Eagle sessions are educational and exciting for kids ages 4 - 12. Although activities may vary each day, past activities include: The Travel Buddy Workshop (sponsored by the Bear Factory), make your own pizza, arts & crafts, indoor and outdoor games and scavenger hunts. 

Kid favorite meals, are included in the cost with our 3+ hour sessions (you will select meal options at the time of your Camp Eagle check-in).

  • Breakfast: Cold or hot cereal & banana OR scrambled eggs & sausage links, both include milk.
  • Lunch: Turkey sandwich OR ham and Swiss, bag potato chips, red apple, soda or milk are included
  • Dinner: (1) Build your own 7-inch pizza, marinara sauce, pepperoni, sausage & cheese OR chicken tenders with French fries, soda or milk are included.

Camp Eagle 2017

Camp Eagle is generally open from 11 am - 9 pm Friday through Sunday. The cost is $15/hour/child, with a (2) hour minimum and 48 hour notice.

You can get more information or make reservations by calling Tamara @ 815-776-5034.

Reservations at least 48 hours in advance are required. Event must enroll a minimum of 3 registrants or session may be cancelled. The information provided here is subject to change.

Hiking, Biking & Bird Watching


Surrounded by over 20 miles of wilderness and paved hiking trails, Eagle Ridge is an outdoor lovers paradise. Bring your own 2 wheels and enjoy the designated biking trails as well, maps are available at the front desk or pool area.

Boating & Fishing


Located on the banks of Lake Galena, boating is a cherished activity at Eagle Ridge. Take a leisurely cruise on one of the resort’s pontoon boats, paddleboats, kayaks or canoes.

Eagle Ridge is now offering FREE pole rental as part of your amenities. The Boat Dock is located directly behind the Inn. where you can also purchase bait for $4.50.  The lake is teeming with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie, catfish and tiger muskellunge (muskie). Call or email the Boat Dock at 815.776.5034 or for more information. NOTE: 24 hour cancelation policy. Full price will be charged for no shows. Advanced reservations for pontoon rentals are accepted for Eagle Ridge guests ONLY. Pontoon rentals for non-guests are based on day of availability. 

Get Your Illinois Fishing License online or you can purchase one at the Galena Territory Marina when you arrive.

Nordic Center


The Nordic Center is closed for the 2017 season. Check back in the fall of 2017 for more details.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa has partnered with Fever River Outfitters to open the Nordic Center. All Eagle Ridge members and guests will be able to participate in a variety of winter activities including ice skating on our 1.5 acre skating pond, exploring over 7 miles of cross country and show shoeing trails and sledding down our signature 18th hole.

The Nordic Center is located at the South Course Clubhouse, serves food and beverage and sells winter gear. It is open from 9 am - 4 pm daily (weather permitting).

Team Building

Allow our professional team building staff to customize your meeting or conference with a wide variety of teambuilding and recreational programs. Designed to promote leadership, communication, cooperation and creative thinking, these events will enhance productivity in a fun and spirited environment. From a Cardboard Sled Derby and Casino Night to Brain Buster Trivia games and a competition modeled after The Amazing Race television show, our activities will have everyone in your group smiling and motivated to succeed.

Galena Shopping


If you love to shop but have had your fill of crowded malls, boring big box stores and look-alike outlets, the charming town of Galena, Illinois is the perfect place to rediscover the fine arts of treasure hunting and bargain browsing. From antiques and art to fashion and furniture, words like original and eclectic come to mind. No matter what you’re shopping for during your stay in Galena, you’ll find friendly owners and shopkeepers who love chatting up visitors just as much as they do making sales.