Riverview Ranch & Resort

Horse Ranch and petting farm Horse Ranch and petting farm
If Wrangler Roger or Riverboat Roger asked you to come to this page to make payment you are in the right place.
If you have not yet scheduled your Horseback/Unicorn/pony ride, Petting Zoo, or Canoe/Kayak trip - first contact Roger to get on the schedule.

Pay to Reserve a Scheduled Experience

Use the above QR codes to make payment.

Leave a note saying the name of the contact person, the date/time scheduled, and your experience (horse n Pet), (petting zoo), or (boating).

If you cannot pay by Zelle, Venmo, or Paypal please ask Roger to send you an invoice with a link to pay by credit card.

Price - as shown on our pricing page.
If unsure - contact Roger.

Refund policy: Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price. To cancel contact Roger.

Liability Waiver-Horse-n-Pet must be signed by all adults who come on property. Liability Waiver-Boats must be signed for Canoe/Kayak rentals/tours.
We have paper copies here at the ranch.



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Safety: Wear shoes that will stay on if you need to move quickly and will protect your toes if a horse steps on your foot. No flip flops or open toe shoes. Max 200 lbs for horse riding. Max 50 lbs for mini-horse.

Please, watch for our little dogs, pigs, ducks, and chickens as you come and go in the parking area, especially backing up. The dogs often stand or sit in driver blind spots under tires.

Please do not pet our neighbor's horses or go onto their private property. Please don't let kids chase the ducks or chickens. Please do not feed any of the animals unless supervised by a wrangler. They can develop bad habits or become ill.

Directions to Riverview Ranch

Our address is: 2689 S. River Rd., Galena IL. 61036.
Please watch for wildlife on the road within 30 miles, especially at dusk and night. There are a lot of animals on the roads around here.
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Coming through Galena (from the north):
Note: We highly recommend Los Aztecas Mexican restaurant in Galena, just behind McDonalds. Very quick service, lots of parking, and really good food and margaritas. From Galena: take Blackjack Road toward Chestnut Mountain ski resort.
- Go 6 miles and turn right onto Sand Hill Road at the sign for Goldmoor Inn.
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Coming through Elizabeth (from the east):
Note: we recommend you visit "Cajun Jack's" Restaurant (big shark) and nearby "Elizabeth's Grand Antiques Company" if you have time.
- From Cajun Jack's take Hwy 20 for 1.6 miles northwest and turn left onto Hwy 84.
- Go 2.3 miles and turn right on W. Saw Mill Road.
- Go 2.3 miles and turn right on W. Blackjack Rd.
- Go 5.7 miles and turn sharp left onto Sand Hill Road at the sign for Goldmoor Inn.
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Coming through Hanover (from the south)
- Turn left off 84 onto Blackjack Rd. toward Chestnut Mtn. Ski Resort,
- Go 9 miles and turn sharp left onto Sand Hill Rd at the sign for the Goldmoor Inn.
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- RESIST the temptation to enter the Goldmoor Inn parking lot. Google maps erroneously thinks the Goldmoor parking lot is our parking lot too. Go all the way to the bottom of the hill.
- turn left at the bottom of the hill onto River Road.
- Take the first driveway on the left into our parking area (big yellow equestrian center).

Please, please, watch for our little dogs, pigs, ducks, and chickens as you come and go in the parking area, especially backing up.

Guest/Visitor Parking is in front of the black horse carriage and the white front door.
We'll come out with our friendly dogs for a "sniff and greet." Bessie is a German Shepard, Nala and Simba are mini Dachshunds, and Pepper is a Yorkie mix.
We will expect you at your scheduled time. Please keep us updated if your arrival time changes so we can plan accordingly. Please don't arrive early. If you get ahead of schedule and have a few minutes to kill, I recommend driving south one mile along scenic River Road to the bottom of Chestnut Mountain ski resort. They have a nice pier that they allow the public to use.

Please, please, please watch for our little dogs, pigs, ducks, and chickens as you come and go in the parking area, especially backing up. The dogs often stand or sit in driver blind spots under tires.

Canoe/Kayak Tour or Rental


Riverboat Roger will meet you at your scheduled time at
2122 S. River Road, Galena IL. (the railroad crossing one mile north of Riverview Ranch).
Follow Roger to the launch site along the beach.

Weight limits are strictly enforced.
Canoe:
Max Wt. of passengers: 495 lbs.
Max wt. of passengers and cargo: 575 lbs.
Max wt. of individual passenger: 250 lbs.
Max number of passengers: 5
Kayak:
Max wt of passenger: 225 lbs.
No refund If trip is cancelled for excessive weight.

Directions to River for Canoe/Kayak

Meeting Place: 2122 S. River Road, Galena IL. (Railroad Crossing)
Please watch for wildlife on the road within 30 miles, especially at dusk and night. There are a lot of animals on the roads around here.
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Coming through Galena (from the north):
Note: We highly recommend Los Aztecas Mexican restaurant in Galena, just behind McDonalds. Very quick service, lots of parking, and really good food and margaritas. From Galena: take Blackjack Road toward Chestnut Mountain ski resort.
- Go 6 miles and turn right onto Sand Hill Road at the sign for Goldmoor Inn.
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Coming through Elizabeth (from the east):
Note: we recommend you visit "Cajun Jack's" Restaurant (big shark) and nearby "Elizabeth's Grand Antiques Company" if you have time.
- From Cajun Jack's take Hwy 20 for 1.6 miles northwest and turn left onto Hwy 84.
- Go 2.3 miles and turn right on W. Saw Mill Road.
- Go 2.3 miles and turn right on W. Blackjack Rd.
- Go 5.7 miles and turn sharp left onto Sand Hill Road at the sign for Goldmoor Inn.
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Coming through Hanover (from the south)
- Turn left off 84 onto Blackjack Rd. toward Chestnut Mtn. Ski Resort,
- Go 9 miles and turn sharp left onto Sand Hill Rd at the sign for the Goldmoor Inn.
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-At the bottom of Sand Hill Rd. - turn Right onto River Road
- Go 1 mile and cross the railroad tracks.

Please coordinate arrival time with Riverboat Roger as accurately as you can to ensure a smooth connection.
Riverboat Roger is usually pretty flexible with start times if you coordinate in advance.
He will be driving a red Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with two kayaks in back, and towing a trailer with an aluminum canoe.
Follow him and park on the grass beside him.
Roger will provide you with safety equipment and give instruction as needed, and assist you getting into the water.

Please do not scrape boat bottoms on rocks.