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Explore the Mississippi on a River Cruise

Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois is well known for winter activities of skiing and snowboarding, but it’s also known for the array of summer activities it boasts. Many of us who live in Dubuque, Iowa or Galena haven’t uncovered what the true Mississippi River has to offer from a professional River Cruise. So before snow descends upon us, go ahead and spend the day in your own backyard at Chestnut Mountain Resort, the Midwest’s Premier Year Round Resort and book a River Cruise to explore the Mississippi.

Reservations are highly recommended when booking a River Cruise, as is taking the Alpine Slide to the bottom (which provides an incredible panoramic view of the river). When you step aboard, you’ll be welcomed by Captain Bob and his mates. The Captain is an expert on the history of the river travel and the area wildlife, while the narrator is an expert on the river animals and their habitat. They complement each other well & will answer guests’ questions to keep it interactive. Most of these cruises offer the chance to see eagles, eagle nests, blue heron, and an abundance of turtles. The River Cruise is much like a relaxing drive down a scenic country road! After the cruise, you have the option to ride the ski lift back to the top of the mountain. Again, the views are unequivocally the best in the area.

The River Cruise lasts about 1-1/2 hours, so if you finish in time for dinner and drinks, don’t miss out on the Sunset Grille. Visit Chestnut Mountain Resort located in Galena, Illinois to explore the Mississippi like you never have before with a River Cruise. For more information, the River Cruise or all of the activities Chestnut Mountain has to offer, visit