Riverview Ranch & Resort

Galena Horses-vacation rental

What is there to do around Riverview Ranch and Resort?

Riverview Ranch and Resort is a unique place to stay and a wonderful place to explore.

Some Ideas

Horses: We offer limited horseback riding. Mostly, we like to let young kids experience the joy of horseback riding while parents pet the other horses and take photos. Inquire if you are interested. You can of course pet the horses over the fence but be careful not to feed your fingers to them. Don't enter the horse enclosures unless specifically authorized and escorted.

Right next door is exquisite dining at the Goldmoor Inn.

A mile down the road is fantastic skiing at Chestnut Mountain ski resort.

A five minute drive away is Horshoe Mound Preserve where you can take a challenging half-mile hike on Horshoe Loop Trail.

Also a five minute drive to Thunderbay Waterfall.

There is a good launch site for kayaks a short walk away. Click Here for a satellite photo of the kayak area and launch site.

This is a great place for bicycling, walking, jogging, bird watching and sight-seeing. Take a walk down the road along the Mississippi river. There is a pier maintained by Chestnut Mountain Ski resort less than a mile down the road that they allow the public to use.

0.7 miles away is Winston Tunnel State Natural Area. This is 230 acres of trails. There are dates that this is only available to licensed hunters. More info: Hunter fact sheet, DNR Map, Satellite Map, Park sign, Dates and Limits Info.

About 4 miles away is Witkowsky State Fish Wildlife Area. This is 1,086 acres of trails. More info: Satellite Map. It is between Chestnut Mtn. and Arena of Dreams.

1.6 miles away is the Aiken Trailhead entrance to the Galena River Trail. This trail goes all the way to Galena along the river. Galena River Trail Map

Galena River Trail

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area

Two miles away is Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve.

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

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.

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.

Interesting area that is not open to public: Savannah Army Depot13,000 acres of unexploded ordnance from WWI. This ammunition storage facility was closed in 2000 and is still not open to the public. Wildlife is flourishing but human activity is not allowed due to the buried explosives. Some parts of the depot are open for vehicle traffic. Maybe some day this will be open for public recreation. On September 26, 2003, the United States Department of Defense agreed to transfer 9,404 acres (38.06 km2) of land to become the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. 3,022 acres were initially transferred with the rest to be transferred following environmental cleanup.

Galena Horses-Horseback Riding


We have two kayaks that we will loan to apartment rental guests who ask nicely. There is a pier less than a mile south and a sandy beach less than a mile north where you can put in. I personally recommend the northern location because there are a lot of channels and islands whereas the southern area is more wide open. I designed and created what I call "kayakbarrows" so you can walk to the pier or beach with the kayaks. They only weigh about 40 lbs each so they are easy to wheel to the beach or pier. I'll put a photo up here one of these days.


We have six bicycles. Apartment rental guests are welcome to borrow the bikes too.

Liability Waiver Required

We require a signed liability waiver for anyone who wants to borrow the kayaks or bikes or enter any horse enclosure or interact with the horses.

Horse Activity, Boating, and Bicycling Liability Release Form

Campfire Jam

When the weather is good we like to enjoy time outside watching the fire crackle, watching for shooting stars, listening to the sounds of nature, singing songs and telling stories.

We invite guests to join us for campfire jams to take turns telling stories, playing and singing songs. Bring your instruments.

Buy something to grill on your way here. You can cook it over the fire pit or on the propane grill. We have sticks to roast hot dogs and marshmallows.

Galena Horses-vacation rental

Watch out for "Harry the Hairy Ape." He is still out there somewhere. I'll tell you all about him at a campfire jam, if you dare to ask.

Occassionally, we see the ghost train come by.

We are nearby everything Galena has to offer

The city center of Galena is a 10 minute drive away. Click here for other area attractions and events.

Be a kid again.


Watch the sun's dazzling spectacles over the water at sunset

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