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tables, a seasonal restroom and parking for vehicles and trailers. There is no fee for users.

Another public boat ramp in the Galena area is located at Ferry Landing and gives access to the Mississippi, backwaters and the Galena River.

Blanding Landing is situated in a lush river valley on the bank of the Mississippi River, eight miles from Hanover. Blanding offers a boat ramp and parking, along with camping, picnic shelters and more.

The East Dubuque Boat Ramp, in East Dubuque, also offers access to the Mississippi and public parking.

At Apple River Canyon Lake State Park, access the Apple River.

The river has a variety of fish. The river is one of several in the state where the Illinois Department of Natural Resources releases keeper-size trout.

Trout require clean, clear, cold water, and in the spring, Apple River meets these requirements.

The fish do not survive through the summer months so the stream is stocked on a put-and-take basis. This historical hand-drawn map represents a portion of the Mississippi River water system bordering Jo Daviess County as well as the wildlife in the river system.