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123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
815.776.9200
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Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

870 S. Pilot Knob Rd.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.858.9100

Overview

Not only does Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation's Casper Bluff property command some of the best views of the Mississippi River and its backwater sloughs, highly significant archeological resources can also be found at the 85-acre site. Home to a portion of the Aiken Mound group, 51 burial mounds, including the only known exiting Thunderbird effigy mound in Illinois, occupy portions of the bluff, many of which can be clearly seen from the mowed hiking trails.


Thanks to the generosity of the Galena Rotary Club, a picnic shelter is now available for public use at the site. An information kiosk guides visitors to the best views of the river and mounds.


HAPPENINGS
Owl Prowl at Casper Bluff
Dec. 10 - 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free
The evening will begin by examining the contents of owl pellets to see what these nocturnal birds of prey eat. This will be followed by a night hike through Casper Bluff to identify different owls by their calls. The family-friendly event is free to the public and RSVP’s are not required.


Luminaria Hike & Ski
Feb. 6 - 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Bundle up the family and join the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation for a bonfire and luminaria-lit trails through Casper Bluff. Skis and snoeshow rentals available.


DIRECTIONS
-From downtown Galena, take Blackjack Road towards Chestnut Mountain.
-Follow for 3.9 miles. Turn right onto W. Hart John Road.
-Continue for 1 mile to Pilot Knob Road.
-Turn right and look for the red and yellow sign.


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Horseshoe Mound
Wapello Land & Water Reserve
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