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Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

870 South Pilot Knob Road, Galena IL 61036 | 815.858.9100
Galena Country Tourism

Visit Casper Bluff to see commanding views of the Mississippi River and its backwaters and the only intact bird effigy in Illinois. This 85-acre site is archeologically significant and contains most of the Aiken mound group. Fifty-one mounds have been documented at this location, 38 linear mounds, 12 conical mounds, and 1 thunderbird effigy, but only 20 are currently visible. Casper bluff also offers excellent bird watching and trails suitable for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.


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