Riverview Ranch & Resort

Galena Horses-vacation rental

What else is there to do around Riverview Ranch n Resort?

Here is a continued list of things to do in the area.

Aiken Trail Head

1.6 miles north is the Aiken Trailhead entrance to the Galena River Trail. Turn right out of our driveway and follow River Road. Cross the railroad tracks twice and cross a bridge then look for the entrance to the trail on the left. This trail includes some prehistoric sites. There is a Thunderbird Effigy Mound that is 1,000 years old. This trail goes all the way to Galena along the Mississippi river and along the Galena river, and goes past Galena to Bueler Preserve.
Galena River Trail Map
Another Galena River Trail Map.
Galena River Trail Info

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area

Two miles away is Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve.

A 34 minute drive away is the The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This is really cool. While you are in Dubuque you should eat at Hu Hot Mongolian Grill.

There is a motor boat launch at Blanding Landing a 15 minute drive away. Bring your motor boat or jet skis.

There is a very nice park called Mississippi Palisades State Park 21 miles away (31 minute drive).

Schurmeier Teaching Forest - Horses Welcome

Tapley Woods Hunting.

List of Public Hunting Lands

More Hunting location info

Here is a DNR map showing nature preserves, wildlife areas etc: Map of DNR sites

We are in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

The Raptor Resource Project has some cool webcams always live so you can see the Eagles and other birds live in their nests or landing sites in the Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

See and hear the many different species of birds. There are Deer, turkey, Bald Eagles, racoon, opossum and other critters commonly cross the roads so please slow down and watch for them. In the fall the Geese form majestic chevrons above your head on their journey south, stopping in the river for a while before continuing their journey south. In the spring you'll hear their honking again as they make their way upriver and spend more time here. There is an eagles nest that can be seen in fall and winter through the bare branches of trees. In summer you can see the nest from a kayak or by trudging through thick underbrush. It is easier to see in fall/winter when the trees are bare. Map showing approx. location of Eagle's nest.

A new bird sanctuary: Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

Private Airport six miles away: 3IS4 - Merkle Airport 2,900 ft runway. Fly in and I'll pick you up.


There is a public beach one mile north of us where you can swim. It's not the greatest beach for swimming though. There are branches in the water and a muddy bottom. - The beach is just south of the launch site (green area on the map of the local river area). I'd recommend bringing some flotation toys so you can get away from the shoreline where the water is deeper or rent the kayaks and/or canoe and go to Party Island.

We have a 320 gallon water tank that we can fill with water on hot days (room for 4 kids or 3 adults). Kids love splashing in it and spraying their parents with the garden hose. The water coming from the hose is cold so it is best to fill the tank in the morning and let it warm up a bit before swimming. On really hot days, the water feels like a jacuzzi after the sun sets.


We have six bicycles of various sizes for rent. $10 per hour per bicycle. There are trails leading all the way to Galena about ten miles away.
Map of Aiken Trail Head Route to Galena.
We provide helmets.

Watch Migrating Birds

We have a fantastic view of an estuary where migrating birds stop for a few months on their way north in the spring and south in the fall. Experience the wonder of hundreds of honking geese flying overhead and landing and taking off in the water in front of you.

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