Your Guide to the Best Recreation in Galena

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is set in the Galena Territory, 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!

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To make recreation reservations or for more information, call the Recreation Desk at 815.776.5034.

Special Events and Activities at Eagle Ridge

Winter Activities

Nordic Center

The Nordic Center is closed for the season. In conjunction with Fever River Outfitters, guests of Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa can go ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or sledding next winter.

Learn more for about the Nordic Center

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Chestnut Mountain

Chestnut Mountain's slopes are meant for all levels of skiers and boarders to enjoy. Their 475-foot vertical drop meanders 3,500 feet through 19 runs, ranging from novice to black diamond with two quad chairs, four triple chairs, two conveyor lifts and one surface lift to get you back up to the top. Transworld has chosen Chestnut Mountain as their top-rated Midwest snowboard park for three years running. Their terrain park, the Farside, is the largest of its kind in the Midwest – containing more than 25 rails and an array of features, and is served by its own triple chair lift and surface lift. 

Chestnut Mountain is 15 short miles away—and we will provide complimentary transportation! What better way to enjoy the slopes and return to Eagle Ridge Resort for a relaxing spa, great restaurants and spacious rooms or your villa or home at Eagle Ridge resort.  

Lift packages and hours

All Year-Round Activities

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!

Horseback Riding-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. For the winter months, Shenandoah Riding Center will be offering sleigh rides, trail rides, and lessons!

Daily: 9am-5pm

Camp Eagle

This organized group activity is a great opportunity to meet new friends while interacting with our energetic and experienced Recreation Associates.  Join us for outdoor games, hiking, scavenger hunts, relay races, and much more.  

Camp Eagle will be held at the activity field Memorial Day Weekend, July 4 Weekend, Labor Day Weekend or by special request.  The activity field is located in front of the Main Lodge.  Light snacks and water will be provided or children may bring their favorite treat along.    

Pricing is $10 per child per hour, with a 2 hour minimum. Activities require children to be 4 to 12 years of age.  There is a minimum of 10 children necessary for this group activity so reservations are required 72 hours in advance. 

For reservations or for more information, please contact 815.776.5034.or ask your sales person about adding Camp Eagle to your corporate event.

All outdoor activities are weather permitting and may be altered without notice.

Fledgling Fun
Are you are looking to enjoy the spa, a round of golf or just a quiet dinner at one of our fine dining restaurants?  We have a program for you, designed for individual families or small groups.  Our skilled staff will entertain your children with age appropriate arts and crafts, games, indoor / outdoor activities and a light meal.  Meal options include:

Lunch:  Turkey or ham sandwich with Swiss cheese, a bag of potato chips and an apple.  Soda, bottled water or milk are included.  
Dinner:  Build your own 7” pizza with marinara and cheese (pepperoni or sausage may be added upon request) or chicken tenders with French fries.  Soda, bottled water or milk are included.Pricing is $15 per child per hour, with a 3 hour minimum.  Discounted rates are available for siblings when the regular rate is paid for the first child in each family.

Activities require children to be 4 to 12 years of age. Reservations are required 72 hours in advance.Available times for reservations are 10 am to 9 pm daily.  

For reservations or for more information, please contact 815-776-5034.

PLEASE NOTE: All outdoor activities are weather permitting and may be altered without notice.


Bird Watching

Eagle Ridge is home to bald eagles, white pelicans, white trumpeter swans, and over 200 other types of birds; it's one of the best bird watching spots in North America. 

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.

Summer Activities


Recently, our four championship golf courses re-opened with a historic course design that incorporates the natural landscape of the rolling hills and woodlands of the Galena Territory.

The General, The North, and The South courses feature 18 holes. The East course features nine holes, good for families or just a quick round of golf.

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Zip Lining at Long Hollow Canopy Tours

Have you ever wanted to soar through the tree tops like a bird? Well now you can thanks to Long Hollow Canopy Tours! This 2.5 hour excursion takes you through Tapley Woods, near the Galena Territory and Eagle Ridge.

The tour begins with a UTV ride through the trees to the first platform. The ziplines will get progressively longer, including three ziplines of over 700 feet! As the tour goes on, you will reach heights of 75 feet and speed up to 40 mph! Before your adventure comes to an end, you will rappel down two platforms and venture across the140 foot sky bridge to reach the last and longest zipline that is 1,230 feet long!

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is pleased to announce that our guests receive a special discounted rate of $84/person! Eagle Ridge will also provide complimentary transportation to and from the zipline, so you can focus on your upcoming adventure.

Please note: Check back in the spring of 2018 for more information.

Learn more about Long Hollow Canopy Tours

Hot Air 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!

Boating & Fishing

Located on the banks of Lake Galena, boating is a cherished activity at Eagle Ridge. Resort guests can take a leisurely cruise on one of the resort's pontoon boats, paddleboats, kayaks or canoes. Pontoons are $50 per 50 minutes.

Eagle Ridge is pleased to offer FREE fishing pole rental as part of your amenities. The Boat Dock, located directly behind the Inn, is where you can purchase bait for $4.50. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie, catfish and tiger muskellunge (muskie). Call 815.776.5034 or the Boat Dock at 815.776.5034 or email for more information.

NOTE: 24-hour cancellation 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.

Mon-Thur 10-5
Friday 10-6
Saturday  9-6
Sunday 9-5

Sunset cruise 6:30pm on Fri and Sat

Last reservations are 1 hour prior to closing, Extended hours by request and based on availability!

Foot Golf

FootGolf is a combination of soccer and golf; played with a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility, with 21-inch diameter cups. At Eagle Ridge, it's played on the East Course, with 18 holes from abbreviated tees, as FootGolf does not play to normal putting greens. FootGolf holes also have shorter looking flags adjacent to fairways. We recommend using turf soccer shoes (indoor) when playing. FootGolf tee times can be booked online via EZLinks.

Hiking & Biking

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

Membership Programs & Privileges

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa provides membership options to suit your interests and level of involvement and most importantly, add value to your Eagle Ridge experience. Our distinct membership programs provide exclusive privileges to the amenities and activities at this world-class resort. Experience the bountiful pleasures of membership. Varying membership levels allow you to save money and take advantage of the amenities most desirable to you. Members enjoy access to the resort's recreational activities and facilities, including the pool, sauna, steam room and fitness center, and are invited to attend member events and much more.

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