Galesburg and Knox County have wonderful experiences for fishermen, hunters, bird watchers, conservationists and the casual outdoor adventurer. Snakeden Hollow State Wildlife refuge is a 2,500-acre parcel that was a surface mining site for coal from 1962 to 1970 and was considered by many to provide a wealth of opportunity for the development of fish and wildlife habitat. Today, Snakeden Hollow is truly a wildlife paradise. There are plenty of camping sites around Snakeden Hollow as well as throughout Knox County.


Spoon River is a 147-mile-long tributary of the Illinois River in west-central Illinois. The river drains largely in agricultural prairie country between Peoria and Galesburg. Spoon River is a wonderful experience for outdoor adventurers. Bring your kayak, canoe, or fishing boat as well as your camera.


In Galesburg, fishermen can find Lake Storey. This six-hundred-acre lake is a wonderful sportsmen’s paradise. The lake is stocked with everything from large mouth and small mouth bass to catfish, sunfish, crappy and large muskies.

Lake Storey is a wonderful place to bring the family. In addition to the wonderful fishing, there is Lakeside Water Park, a wonderful campground with pads, electricity, bathrooms, showers, traditional campsites and plenty of local flora and fauna.


Knox County is famous for whitetail deer hunting as well. Whitetail Action Outfitters can

set up memorable deer hunting adventures. They have over 5000 acres of prime managed land waiting for clients to take a Boone & Crocket or Pope & Young buck.



For downtime, Galesburg is one of America’s 30 great small towns for food lovers, according to Top Value Reviews. From Iron Spike Brew Pub to Seminary Street Shopping District, downtown Galesburg is filled with shopping & dining options.


For more information about Snakeden Hollow, Lake Storey, Spoon River and area campgrounds contact the Galesburg Welcome Center at 800-916-3330 or

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