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RIVERS TO RIDGES Northwest Illinois Recreation Network May 2008 Final Report

VISITOR PROFILE & MARKET DEMAND STUDY SITE ASSESSMENTS BRANDING WAYFINDING MARKETING

Produced by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation With Assistance from MSA Professional Services, Inc and the Rivers to Ridges Steering Committee Funded by the Hamill Family Foundation and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity


Contents & Acknowledgements

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements The following people are responsible for the creation, refinement, and adoption of this plan

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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PLAN

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Introduction

1

Visitor Profile & Market Demand Study

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Site Assessments

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Branding Plan

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Wayfinding Plan

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Marketing Plan

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Action Plan

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APPENDICES

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A: Survey Results

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B: Site Assessments

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C: Tourist-Ready Rating

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D: Recreational Guide

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E: Birding List

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F: Preliminary Logos

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G: Final Draft Logos

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H: Network Cluster Sign Locations

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I: Highway Sign Locations

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J: Highway Signage Mapping

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K: Network Regions Map

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Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation Christine Larson, Executive Director Christie Trifone Nancy Winter Steering Committee Craig Albaugh Mark Moran Betsy Eaton Judy Gratton Diane Bausman Jeff Hensal George Bellovics Loren Swanson Ed Britton Pam Steinhaus Mike Murphy Emily Lubcke James Homann Jo Carey Susan Gordy Jim Rachuy Rich Mattas Beth Baranski

City of Galena City of Galena Galena/Jo Daviess CVB Galena/Jo Daviess CVB Blackhawk Waterways CVB Illinois DNR Illinois DNR Illinois DNR U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Chestnut Mountain Resort Galena Territory US Army Corp of Engineers US Army, Savanna Army Depot State of Illinois The Prairie Enthusiasts Jo Daviess County Greenways & Trails Committee

MSA Professional Services, Inc. Jason Valerius, AICP Stephen Tremlett David Boyd, FAICP Monogram Group Jackie Short

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orthwest Illinois’ diverse landscapes and historical character attract over 800,000 visitors annually. The tourism industry is a major contributor to the local economy with visitors spending over $100 million each year just in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties. The varying landscapes have attracted public and private conservation efforts throughout the area. Some of these sites are well-known and well-used, while others are unknown or are not ready for visitors. This document was developed to inventory outdoor recreation sites in the region and to plan their promotion for greater use and enjoyment. The project was initiated and led by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF), with funds provided by the Hamill Family Foundation, with input from the Rivers to Ridges Steering Committee, and with assistance from planning consultant MSA Professional Services, Inc.

The planning process included market research to gauge interest in outdoor activities, an inventory of the sites and their qualities, a branding plan to establish a convenient tool for describing and promoting the sites as part of a single network, a wayfinding and signage plan to improve visitors’ ability to find and learn about the sites, and a marketing plan to build awareness of the network. The planning process featured a series of Steering Committee meetings at the JDCF offices in Elizabeth, Illinois beginning in September 2007 and concluding in May 2008.

Visitor Profile & Market Study Monogram Market Research (MMR) conducted a web-based survey of consumers interested in traveling to Galena and Northwestern Illinois. With the assistance of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) , MMR solicited 15,000 people who had signed up to receive information from the CVB. Though not a truly random sample of all visitors to the area, the results of this survey are nonetheless strong and revealing. The survey indicated that the typical visitor is a couple in their early 50’s that earns about $75,000 and takes three to four vacations per year to get away and enjoy the scenery. This typical couple visits the Galena area once each year for a long weekend getaway, stays at a hotel or bed and breakfast and eats out twice each day. In the past they have not participated in any outdoor activities, but they are very interested in doing so, especially hiking and boat tours and visits to gardens, scenic bluffs, and Native American historical sites.

Site Assessments Each site was visited and photographed and its current amenities, conditions, and characteristics were inventoried. Potential improvements to the sites were noted, including improvements necessary to make the site “tourist ready”, and additional, non-essential improvements that would improve the visitor experience. Improvements already planned by the site owner were noted. In total 55 sites were evaluated and recommended for the network. This includes all DNR, Army Corp, and Fish and Wildlife properties along the River Road and Highway 20 corridors

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from Fulton to East Dubuque; it includes city parks in East Dubuque, Galena, Mt. Carroll and Savanna; it includes private conservation land owned by the Prairie Enthusiasts and Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation in Jo Daviess County; and it includes private, for-profit golf courses (8), horse riding centers (2), and a ski hill (Chestnut Mountain). Two sites were inventoried but not recommended for inclusion in the network, one because it is a private home (Elmoville “Bluebird” Prairie ), and one because it is landlocked and inaccessible (the McKeague Unit of Apple River Canyon State Park). Of the remaining 53 sites, 38 are recommended for immediate inclusion and promotion as part of the network, and the remaining 15 are recommended for inclusion and promotion pending specific improvements to make them “tourist ready”.

Branding The effort to plan for and promote the use of these sites called for a “branding” exercise - the creation of a common name and logo that convey something about the location and identity of diverse sites. Name To find balance between the competing needs for brevity (easily communicated) and accuracy (sufficient information) a three-tier approach to naming this collection of sites is recommended: SHORT NAME: Rivers to Ridges. FULL NAME: Rivers to Ridges - Northwest Illinois Recreation Network. THEME LINE: This was not finalized and is expected to change over time. Suggestions are offered.

Logo Logos are visual shortcuts to brand recognition. Good logos are unique, they convey something about the product or organization they represent, and they are easily recognizable. Discussions with the Steering Committee affirmed that the preferred logo would be simple, unique, recognizable, evoke the geology/geography of the area, and reproducible in a two-color format. The recommended logo (at right) features a simple map of the region with a representation of the exceptional driftless topography.

Wayfinding and Signage Signage is the most basic and essential mechanism to guide and inform visitors. Two types of signage are identified for each site: wayfinding signs and informational on-site signage. Wayfinding Signage The targeted users generally will be approaching the sites from Highway 20 or 84; therefore each site should have signage along these two routes to guide the users to their sites. There is a three-tiered approach to directing visitors to the sites: Network Cluster Signs, Tourist Oriented Directional Signage (TODS), and Trailblazers. NETWORK CLUSTER SIGNS are signs installed on the State highways (20 and 84) that provide a list

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of nearby sites and indicate the mileage to each site, much like standard highway markers noting the distances to municipalities along a highway. Each sign would have to be placed on private property and follow IDOT directional sign restrictions. This type of sign is not necessary for the Rivers to Ridges Network to function, but it will help build awareness of the sites and further ease wayfinding. TODS are blue signs that are placed along the State highways near intersections to direct visitors to attractions not visible from the State-maintained highway. IDOT will make, install, and maintain two signs (one from each direction) for any site that is not within a city and not directly accessible from the highway. All eligible sites should have this type of sign. TRAILBLAZERS are brown signs placed along town and county roads near intersections. These are strongly recommended for sites that require additional turns after the visitor leaves Highway 20 or 84. The County Highway Departments make and install these types of signs. Each County has different costs and procedures so coordination between the two counties is important to establish consistency of color, font, and size throughout the network. Any site that is not on one of the state highways or a crossroad of those highways should have this type of sign.

On-Site Signage Each site should have basic identification signage, and additional information is strongly encouraged, especially a site map. SITE IDENTIFICATION SIGNS welcome the visitor to the site. The sign should be in plain view of the site’s entrance and large enough to allow safe stopping distance as determined by the posted speed limit. It is recommended that every site have this type of sign visible from both directions of approach. INFORMATIONAL SIGNS provide essential information about the site, including name, owner name, owner contact information, 911 address for emergency purposes, and rules and restrictions (hours of operation, permitted activities). Additional information is strongly recommended to improve the visitor’s experience: site map, site acreage, brief site history, Rivers to Ridges logo, list of activities possible on the site.

Marketing The Rivers to Ridges Network is currently unknown, and the same can be said for some of its sites. A variety of marketing activities are recommended to raise awareness of the network, both among local residents and business owners and among visitors. A website, a brochure, articles in state publications, on-site signs, a special event, interpretive publications, short-range radio transmissions, and guided tours are all suggested. The strengths and weaknesses of each method are discussed.

Action Plan Action 1: Action 2: Action 3: Action 4: Action 5: Action 6:

Share this plan with all of the site owners, business owners, and municipalities within the region Establish a permanent Rivers to Ridges Committee Create and maintain a Rivers to Ridges website Develop marketing funds for promotional efforts Solicit graphic design assistance with a Request for Proposals (RFP) Consider creation of a new non-profit Rivers to Ridge corporation

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Introduction

Introduction

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ourism is an essential component of the Northwest Illinois economy. Attracted by a combination of historic character, the Mississippi River, and exceptional driftless topography, visitors spend over $100 million each year just in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties. The bluffs, prairies, woodlands, and wetlands that help to attract over 800,000 visitors each year have also attracted public and private conservation efforts. This growing collection of sites varies greatly in size, accessibility, and visitor amenities. Though some, such as the Mississippi Palisades, are well known and well used, others remain well kept secrets, or simply aren’t yet ready for visitors. In 2006, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) was awarded funding from the Hamill Family Foundation to inventory these diverse sites and prepare a plan to promote their use and enjoyment. JDCF selected planning consultant MSA Professional Services, Inc to assist with plan development, and recruited a project steering committee comprised of representatives of many of the site owners. The planning process features a series of Steering Committee meetings at the JDCF offices in Elizabeth, beginning in September 2007 and concluding in May 2008. September 6, 2007 November 13, 2007 January 20, 2008 March 30, 2008 May 15, 2008

Kickoff Visitors’ Profile & Market Demand review; Site Inventory & Assessment review Branding & Wayfinding Plan review Branding & Wayfinding Plan review Marketing Plan review, complete plan review

The document is broken into six sections: market research, site assessments, branding, wayfinding, marketing, and action plan. Visitors’ Profile & Market Demand Study This project set out to create something new in northwestern Illinois - a network of outdoor recreation opportunities. There are currently people camping and hunting and birdwatching and hiking in the region, but there has been little understanding of the strength of interest in such activities. Also unknown is the overlap between people interested in outdoor recreation and visitors spending money in the area’s shops, restaurants, and lodging facilities. To learn more about interest in outdoor recreation this study engaged the assistance of Monogram Market Research (MMR) to conduct a web-based survey of consumers interested in traveling to Galena and Northwestern Illinois. With the assistance of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) , MMR solicited 15,000 people who had signed up to receive information from the CVB. The results of this survey provide an understanding of which outdoor recreation activities to highlight.

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Site Assessments Site assessments are a vital component of this study - they serve to take stock of current recreation opportunities, they reveal limitations and needs for enhancement, and they provide data that can be used to promote the sites. With a few exceptions, almost all sites were visited and photographed. The inventory sheets were reviewed for accuracy by the site owners and can be used as a resource for further planning efforts. Branding The effort to plan for and promote the use of these sites called for a “branding” exercise - the creation of a common name and logo that convey something about the location and identity of diverse sites. The “Rivers to Ridges” name is one of the outcomes of this effort. Draft and final names and logos are included in this report as a record of the process by which the brand was established. The logo is intended as a template that can be further refined if and when a graphic design firm is hired to create marketing materials. Wayfinding Signage is the most basic and essential mechanism to guide and inform visitors. Two types of signage are identified for each site: wayfinding signs and informational on-site signage. Both types of signs serve to raise awareness that this network exists and aid in navigation and use of the network. Marketing The Rivers to Ridges Network is currently unknown, and the same can be said for many of its sites. This chapter recommends marketing tools most likely to prove effective, and costeffective, in the region. Action Plan This plan will go to waste without concerted effort to establish the network as a recognized feature of Northwest Illinois. The plan suggests a limited set of actions to kick-start and formalize the Rivers to Ridges Network.

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Visitor Profile & Market Demand Study

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n October 2007, Jackie Short of Monogram Market Research conducted a survey of consumers interested in traveling to Galena and Northwestern Illinois. An invitation was emailed to approximately 15,000 people who had signed up to receive information from the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The invitation netted 822 survey responses, a sample size sufficient to ensure that the results are an accurate representation of the opinions of those 15,000 registrants. See Appendix A for the complete set of data analysis graphs.

Respondent Profile The people who responded to the survey were predominantly female (71%) and between the ages of 45 and 64 (67%). They are employed outside the home (65%), most earn more than $50,000, and the median household income is just under $75,000. They take an average of 4.2 vacations per year, including an average 2.1 vacations in Illinois, and their reasons for travel include “to get away” (89%), “to enjoy the scenery” (84%), to visit “historical sites” (62%), and to “spend time with family” (51%). A smaller number of respondents travel to enjoy summer outdoor sports (32%), and only small minorities travel for “water sports” (11%), “winter outdoor sports” (9%), “hunting or fishing” (9%), or “camping “(5%). Most had visited Galena within the previous three years (77%).

Respondent experience with Jo Daviess County The average number of visits to Jo Daviess County in the previous three years is 3.2, indicating an average of about one visit per year. The average length of stay is 2.8 days. Fall is by far the most popular time to visit (74% visited then), followed by summer (54%), spring (40%), and winter (25%). Most people stayed either two days (36%) or three days (36%), and most came with a spouse or partner (54%). Comparatively few respondents visit the area with friends (17%) or children (17%). Visitors stay in traditional lodging choices, including hotels (32%), B&B’s (17%), motels (14%), and resorts (12%), and they eat out an average 4.7 times while visiting. Only a small minority stay at campgrounds while visiting the Galena area (3%). The most common activities for visitors are eating out (93%), shopping (88%), visits to historic sites (71%), and antique shopping (56%), followed by wineries (48%), museums (38%) and art galleries (30%). Less than a quarter of visitors engaged in hiking or biking (23%) or bird watching (17%), and only a few had tried boating (7%), camping (6%), fishing (4%), skiing (4%) or hunting (1%).

Interest in Outdoor Activities Despite the low participation in outdoor activities in the past, nearly three-quarters of respondents reported that they were interested (47%) or very interested (27%) in outdoor activities. Choosing from a list of preferred outdoor activities that included both places to visit and things to do, respondents identified scenic bluffs as the most favored outdoor activity.

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Respondents were asked to mark all activities in which they were interested, generating the following ranking: • • • • • • • • • • •

Scenic bluffs – 79% Gardens – 59% Hiking – 55% Native American history/artifacts – 46% Boat tours – 46% Indian mounds – 39% Bird/nature watching – 37% Hot air ballooning – 31% Restored/remnant prairies – 31% Horse trail rides – 30% Bike rental – 29%

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Boat rental – 29% Biking with own bike – 25% Golf – 24% Fishing – 23% Camping – 22% Public swimming pools/slides – 22% Downhill skiing – 11% Cross country skiing – 10% Snowshoeing – 9% Boating with own boat – 7% Hunting – 3%

When asked to identify the top two outdoor activities in which they are most interested, respondents identified scenic bluffs (34%), hiking (23%), gardens (19%), boat tours (16%), Native American history/artifacts (14%) and bard/nature watching (12%). Other activities, including camping, fishing, and skiing were most important to only small minorities, and only one respondent identified hunting as most important.

Interest in a System of Outdoor Recreation Sites At the end of the survey, participants were asked to rate their interest in “traveling to Jo Daviess County to visit the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road.” Almost three-quarters of respondents indicated that they were either “interested” (32%) or “very interested” (40%). While many people indicated that such a system would not change their travel habits and that they would “continue visiting as usual” (39%), a large majority (58%) responded that such a system would cause them to either come more often (20%), stay longer (12%), come more and stay longer (9%), or come for the first time (12%). People would stay slightly longer if using an outdoor recreation system – 2.9 days rather than 2.8 days, on average, and they would stay at the same places they do now. Users of an outdoor recreation system would be somewhat more likely to bring a spouse/partner and children.

Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts The forty percent of respondents that said they were “very interested” in “traveling to Jo Daviess County to visit the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road” differed somewhat from the rest of the sample. These people are younger (average age 49, compared to 53), wealthier (31% with household income over $100,000, compared to 24%), and they travel more often (37% take 5 or more trips per year, compared to 26%). Enthusiasts are also more likely to travel to the Galena area in the off-seasons (winter, spring, and summer), and they are much more likely to have already been hiking, biking, birdwatching, boating, or camping in the Galena area. Finally, they report that if an outdoor recreation system were created they would come more often and stay longer than the rest of the group.

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crucial early step toward establishing and promoting a network of outdoor recreation sites is to choose the sites. Where do people go hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and birdwatching now? What properties have the potential for these uses if improved a bit? To answer these questions we developed a list of possible sites and then toured the study area with maps, cameras and notepads, noting the characteristics and amenities of each site. This tour confirmed the attraction of marquee sites and revealed shortcomings of others. We developed an assessment sheet for each site, including recommendations for whether and when it should be included in ecotourism maps and promotional materials. A summary of findings and recommendations follows.

Selecting the Sites We identified fifty-five sites in the two-county area that are, or could be, accessible to the public for outdoor recreation use. Most of these sites are public property, including eighteen state-owned sites, most of which are operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), and nine federal sites that are part of the Upper Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Refuge. Another nine sites are municipally owned and managed – by the Cities of East Dubuque, Galena, Mt. Carroll, and Savannah. Six sites are owned by private nonprofit organizations, including two by the Prairie Enthusiasts and four by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. Finally, we have included thirteen private, for-profit sites because they offer unique outdoor recreation opportunities not available at any of the public sites. These include three horseback riding facilities with riding trails, nine golf courses, and a ski resort with a boat tour on the Mississippi River. This list is believed to be inclusive of all public recreation sites in the two counties (excepting small municipal parks), but it is not inclusive of all private sites that may offer outdoor recreation opportunities (See Appendix B). Size and Location These sites vary tremendously in size, from the three-acre Gramercy Park in East Dubuque to the 2,500 acres of Mississippi Palisade State Park, to the 240,000 acres of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge. Most of the sites range between 30 and 350 acres. Not counting the Wildlife Refuge, these 42 sites account for about 9,000 acres in the two-county area. We considered the location of the sites relative to one or both of the major highways through the study area – USH 20 and USH 84. This will help us to evaluate the relative convenience and accessibility of the sites for travelers. The Great River Road is the primary route of interest, however many visitors come from the Chicago area via USH 20. The most remote site, at 9 miles from USH 84, is Blanding Landing. The Apple River Canyon State Park sites and Wards Grove State Nature Preserve are up to 20 miles from the Great River Road, but no more than 7 miles from USH 20. The majority of the sites (29) are less than 2.5 miles from one of the highways, and 12 are located within a tenth of a mile of a highway.

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Access and Signage There is a great deal of variability among the sites regarding ease of access. At one end of the spectrum is the McKeague Unit of the Apple River Canyon State Park. This property has no point of contact with a public road and cannot be reached by the public at this time. Other sites are off the beaten path a bit and have inadequate signage to direct visitors. Thomson-Fulton Sand Prairie and Mickelson’s Landing (located adjacent to one another) are good examples – they are accessible only down a substandard road (part of the Great River Trail) and there is no directional signage from the nearest standard road. At the other end of the spectrum are the sites located on Highway 84 with excellent entrance signage (e.g. Mississippi Palisades) or more remote sites that are easy to find due to adequate directional signage from the highway (e.g. Apple River Canyon). In the middle of the spectrum are sites that are accessible if you know where to look for them, but which would benefit from more signage. We have indicated those needs for each site as appropriate. Natural Features Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties are home to a wonderful variety of landscapes and ecosystems, all of them represented by the sites we evaluated. All of the sites are within the driftless area, the unique landscape spanning portions of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota formed by erosion rather than by glaciation. Many of the sites feature dramatic bluff-top vistas across the Mississippi River, including Gramercy Park, Casper Bluff, Chestnut Mountain Resort, Hanover Bluff, Mississippi Palisades State Park, and Ferry Bluff. Other sites further from the Mississippi also offer broad vistas of the driftless landscape, including the multiple units of the Apple River Canyon State Park, the Longhollow Scenic Overlook, Hanover Bluff State Natural Area, and Witkowsky State Wildlife Area. There are eleven sites providing direct access to the Mississippi River, plus two more – Sloane March Overlook and the Lost Mound Unit of the Wildlife Refuge – that offer views of the river but do not allow access. Several more sites allow views or access to the region’s tributary rivers, including the Apple River (Apple River Canyon State Park, Wapello Land and Water Preserve) and the Galena River (Buehler Preserve, Depot Park, Galena River Trail). Many of the sites are notable for the ecosystems that they protect and provide access to. Preserved or restored prairies are featured on twelve of the sites, including three unique prairie types. The common “grass” prairie is found on most of these sites, including Buehler Preserve, Hanley Savanna, Wapello Land and Water Reserve, and Witkowsky State Wildlife Area. The less common “sand” prairie is found at two of the sites: Ayers Sand Prairie Nature Preserve and Thomson/Fulton Sand Prairie. Finally, a rare “hill” prairie is featured atop Hanover Bluff State Nature Preserve. Deciduous hardwood forests are also common, and are the principle feature at Tapley Woods, Schurmeir Forest, Rall Woods, and Wards Grove State Nature Preserve. Only a few sites do not include any wooded area, including the sand prairies (Ayers and Thomson-Fulton), East Dubuque Boat Launch and Ferry Landing. Water-based ecosystems are prominent throughout the region due to the many points of access to the rivers, and the Mississippi deserves the most attention due to the wealth of fish and bird species it hosts. Somewhat unique among the sites with water features are the

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Frog Pond, a small, quiet backwater of the Plum River, and Hanover Bluff State Natural Area, which features the only public lake in the study area. Uses and Amenities We identified the uses of each site based on observation and information provided by the site owner (see Appendix D). A couple uses – hiking and bird watching – are nearly ubiquitous. It is possible to do these things almost everywhere, however Appendix E provides a current list of sites that are described as good locations to bird watch. Hunting is a common (and predominant) use on most of the sites operated by the Illinois DNR. Fishing and boating are possible at most of the Wildlife Refuge sites, and fishing is a common activity at several of the “inland” sites with lake or river access. Apple River Canyon has a prized cold-water trout stream. Camping is currently supported at just five of the sites, including the two marquee state parks (Apple River Canyon, Mississippi Palisades) and three sites on the Mississippi operated by the Army Corp of Engineers (Blanding Landing, Lock and Dam 13, and Thomson Causeway). Other uses noted within the system include picnicking (many of the sites), cross country skiing (a few sites), downhill skiing (Chestnut Mountain), ice skating (Depot Park), biking (Spring Lake, Galena Trail, Great River Trail), and horseback riding (Shenandoah Riding Center, Haywire Farms, & Smooth Gait Ranch). We have indicated possible future activities, which in most cases include picnicking and/or hiking on marked trails. We do not consider picnicking to be a primary activity – that is, most people will not travel to a site just to picnic. Rather, it is a secondary activity or opportunity that supports a primary activity such as hiking or biking because it provides a place to rest, eat, change shoes, etc. We consider hiking on marked trails to be an activity distinct from hiking on unmarked trails because the former is a safer and more reliable experience than the latter. Site Amenities were also identified by the owners and by observation. Most sites have, at minimum, a parking lot. The few that do not yet offer a designated place to park, including Buehler Preserve, Hanover Bluff State Nature Preserve, the McKeague Unit and Wapello Land and Water Preserve, are not yet sufficiently accessible to warrant inclusion in maps or marketing materials. Beyond this basic necessity, many of the sites include mowed paths for hiking and signage with information about the site. Those amenities are common for the sites managed by the IDNR. Many other amenities are offered on a smaller set of sites. Listed here in approximate order from most common to least common, these include picnic tables, picnic shelters, bathrooms, campsites, boat launches, piers, trail maps, concessions, playgrounds, horseback riding facilities, and a full-service ski resort. We have indicated improvements in three categories – those that are necessary to enable site use (e.g. parking), those other improvements planned by the site owners, and additional improvements not already planned that would improve the site experience for visitors. We have also made note of the extent to which these sites are wheelchair accessible, based on observations of site amenities that are constructed in a barrier-free manner.

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Tourist-Ready Rating System Each site was subjectively rated based on its readiness to accommodate visitors. The preferred minimum amenities to be considered tourist-ready are a two-lane access road, a parking area, and directional signage within 1/4-mile from the site, which equates to a score of 70%. The table below shows that the majority of the sites meet or exceed this basic standard, however eight sites fall short. These eight sites should not be included in marketing materials until they are improved to better accommodate visitors. Recommendations for improvements are listed on the site assessment sheets for those sites (see Appendix B for the site assessments and Appendix C for a detailed score sheet).

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iverse in ownership, location, management, and character, the sites identified in this study require a unifying name and identify. “Rivers to Ridges” emerged during this planning process, as described below. The purpose of the brand is to enable and simplify the coordinated promotion of these many sites as part of regional tourism enhancement efforts. It is understood that many of these sites are already part of other “networks”, especially those owned by state and federal agencies, with standards and priorities all their own. The Rivers to Ridges name and logo are intended to be used in concert with existing site signage and information, primarily to aid in regional wayfinding and promotion efforts.

Selecting a Name The name for this collection of sites should communicate their location and their common purpose: outdoor recreation. It is also appropriate for the name to communicate in some way that this is a collection of individual sites. In a first round of naming exercises the following words were identified for discussion. Geography • Illinois • Northwest Illinois • Mississippi River • Jo Daviess & Carroll Counties • Galena Geology • Driftless Area • Bluffs/River Bluffs • Hills • Highlands

Activity/Opportunity • Recreation(al) • Outdoor • Outside • Tourism • Nature (-based) • Activities • Attractions • Travel • Visitor • Ecotourism

Working from the list of descriptive words the steering committee discussed the following names: 1. Illinois Driftless Area Outdoor Recreation Network 2. Illinois Driftless Area Nature Tourism Guide 3. Northwest Illinois Nature Tourism Guide 4. Illinois Driftless Area Recreational Experience

Organizational • System • Guide • Network • Experience • Trail • Road • Area

Discussion about these potential names included the following points: • The name needs to identify either Galena or Northwest Illinois • Galena has excellent name recognition, but does it capture sites as far south as Whiteside County? • “Outside Galena” offers two appropriate meanings (both “outdoors” and “outside the City”) but it might not be popular with Galena residents • “Driftless Area” is appropriate but too academic – too few people will know what it means • “Recreation” is adequate without “Outdoor”

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5. Outside Galena 6. Outdoor Galena 7. Rivers to Ridgetops 8. Rivers to Ridges

To find balance between the competing needs for brevity (easily communicated) and accuracy (sufficient information) we recommend a three-tier approach to naming this collection of sites – short name, full name, and theme line. Short Name The short name should be just two to three words, something that is easy to say, easy to remember, and appropriate for use as part of the logo. It should stand alone as a short-hand moniker for the system but need not fully describe the system by itself. Recommendation: Rivers to Ridges This name is short, catchy, easy to incorporate into a logo, and captures the diverse landscapes of the area

Full Name The full name may add up to four or five additional words to further clarify the “what” and “where” of the system. The full name should provide enough information to tie these sites to this particular part of the world and to indicate outdoor recreation in some way. Recommendation: Rivers to Ridges - Northwest Illinois Recreation Network These additional words clarify the “where” and “what” that define this collection of sites

Theme Line The theme line is an opportunity to provide more information about this system in a concise way. Just as the Jo Daviess Convention and Visitors Bureau uses “Vintage Charm, Contemporary Spirit” to evoke the character of the area, a theme line can be used here to evoke the idea of action or exploration. It may also provide a means of including “Galena” in a prominent way without making it part of the formal name. While the formal name should be maintained over time, the theme line could be altered occasionally without damaging the integrity or identity of the network. Suggested Theme Lines: • Explore our Corner of the World • Exploring the Galena Area • Adventures for Everyone • See Galena’s Great Outdoors

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Branding

Network Logo Logos are visual shortcuts to brand recognition. Good logos are unique, they convey something about the product or organization they represent, and they are easily recognizable. A logo for this outdoor recreation network will need to coexist alongside other logos in use by entities that own sites or promote tourism in the area.

This planning effort included an exercise in logo development to help expand discussions about the purpose, character, and promotion of this network of sites. A preferred logo is offered with explanation of its key attributes. The preferred logo may be further refined by a graphic artist for use on promotional materials and signs. In our effort to generate possible logos for this outdoor recreation network we considered a series of key questions: 1. Can we capture the landscapes and the uses of these sites? 2. Can the logo be both informative and iconic? 3. Can the logo work well in a two-color format?

Recommended Rivers to Ridges logo

Preliminary logos were created to represent different ideas for the network logo, ranging from abstract to representational. The draft alternatives were evaluated based on their strengths and weaknesses (see Appendix F). After the Steering Committee meeting, we affirmed that the preferred logo will be: • • • • •

Simple Unique Recognizable Somehow evocative of the geology or geography of the area Reproducible in a two-color version for signage

Recommendation: Our search for an effective image brought us back to the map of the region, which is the basis for the above recommended logo. Additional, more colorful variations can be found in Appendix G.

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Wayfinding & Signage

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his plan aims to make outdoor recreation sites in the region “tourist friendly.” The first step in this process is to ensure visitors can locate every site. Signage is the most basic and essential mechanism to guide visitors to the sites. This plan identifies two basic sign types: Wayfinding Signage (“Site X is that way”) and On-site Signage (“Welcome to Site X, here is information about this site”).

Wayfinding Signage Since targeted users (tourists) usually approach the sites from either Highway 20 or 84, each site should have signs to guide users in from those routes. Signage along these highways is regulated by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). There are three types of directional signage: • Tourist Oriented Directional Signage (TODS) along State Highways, installed and

maintained within the right-of-way by IDOT, • Network Cluster Signs privately funded and installed on private property along the

State Highways, and • Trailblazers installed along county and town roads by the County Highway

Departments. Tourist Oriented Directional Signage (TODS) TODS are blue signs placed along the State Highways near intersections to direct tourists to attractions not visible from the highway. IDOT will make, install, and maintain two signs (one in each direction). There are two restrictions on the use of TODS. First, any highway section that passes through an urban area with populations of 2,500 or more (Galena and Savanna) is not eligible for TODS. Site owners will need to work with those communities to install and maintain directional signage from the highway. Second, sites that are directly accessed off of Highway 20 or 84 are not eligible because on-site signs should be adequate to identify the site. For more information or to apply for a TODS, contact DOT’s Bureau of Operations at (815) 284-5395. Recommendation: Every site should apply for one set of TODS, if eligible. The recommended locations for each site are indicated in the table in Appendix H.

Network Cluster Signs Every site should have at least one set of TODS, however they provide no warning of what may lay ahead before visitors reach the intersection at which they need to turn. Network cluster signs provide awareness to motorists of nearby sites, and the distances to those sites, similar to the common signs along freeways indicating distances to a series of municipalities. The sign will have to placed on private property, at the expense of the Rivers

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Wayfinding & Signage Sample “Netowrk Cluster Sign”

to Ridges Network, per the following IDOT restrictions: • • • •

Cannot be within 2,000 feet of a rest area, parkland, or scenic area Signs must be spaced at least a mile apart Sign must be within 50 air miles of the activity No more than three (3) signs pertaining to same activity along a single route • No descriptive words, phrases, pictorial or photographic representations of the activity • Maximum area = 150 sq.ft.; height = 20 ft.; length = 20 ft. (excluding supports)

Recommendation: Install Network Cluster Signs along Hwy 20 and 84. This type of sign is not necessary, but it will make the recreation network more visible and visitor-friendly. Appendix H provides the recommended sign locations with the sites and mileage to be shown on each sign. Refer to Appendix J for signage mapping.

Trailblazers Trailblazers are brown signs installed by the County Highway Department along County and Town roads near intersections along the route from the State Highway to the site. Each County has different costs and procedures for the installation of these signs. JO DAVIESS COUNTY’S HIGHWAY DEPT. will draw up a mock sign for site owner approval. A local sign company will create the sign and bill the site owner directly and the County will install the sign for a onetime fee (labor and materials). In total, a “blue and white” directional/mileage (tourist attraction) sign will cost approximately $185 per sign, while a basic “brown and white” directional sign will cost approximately $120 per sign. The County Engineer will consider reducing the fee if multiple signs are placed on one post, however the precedent is to charge each site owner the full fee because additional signs are often installed later, after the full fee has been charged for the first sign. If signs become unreadable, altered or damaged, they will be removed by the County Highway Department and not replaced except by the applicant refiling a permit. For more information or to apply for a trailblazer sign, contact the County’s Highway Department at (815) 858-2437. CARROLL COUNTY’S HIGHWAY DEPT. will install a “brown and white” directional sign on rural roadways as long as the sign location is within five (5) miles of the attraction and is being used in conjunction with State-issued TODS on Highway 84. The sign carries a one-time $50 cost per post (if the sign needs two posts the cost is doubled). If signs become unreadable, altered or damaged, they will be removed by the County Highway Department and not replaced except by the applicant refiling a permit. For more information or to apply for a trailblazer sign, contact the County’s Highway Department at (815) 244-3195.

Recommendation: Sites not located on Hwy 20/84 or on a crossroad of those highways should arrange for the installation of Trailblazer signs Appendix I provides the recommended locations for both the TODS and the “trailblazer” signs (also reference maps in Appendix J). In some instances there are multiple “exits” from the State Highway that will get motorists to a site, and in some instances the shortest route is not the first exit. In order to minimize the costs of signage the recommended TODS location is based on crossroads that offer access to several sites, cutting the cost for a TODS sign (IDOT allows four sites per sign); and using the most direct route, eliminating the need for multiple “trailblazer” signs at every turn.

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Wayfinding & Signage

On-Site Signage Visitors need to know when they’ve arrived at a site, and they should have access to information about the site. Signage to achieve both of these goals is recommended. Site Identification Site ID signs simply identify the site entrance for visitors. These signs can range from a large, wooden sign on a stone foundation as is installed at the entrances to the Mississippi Palisades (top right), to a simple nameplate on a post (middle right). Many of the DNR sites feature parking lots right next to the road and information signs in plain view of the roadway. In other cases the point of access is only a driveway and the parking lot and signage are obscured by distance, topography, or foliage. Entrance signage is imperative for these sites. Recommendation: Every site should provide a site identification sign visible from both approaches. This sign should be large enough to allow for safe stopping distance as determined by the posted speed limit, and should be located as close to the roadway as permitted.

Informational Signs Informational signage welcomes visitors to the site and provides essential information about the site. Essential information includes: • Name • Owner organization or agency • Phone number for more information about the site • 911 address for emergency purposes • Rules and restrictions, including hours of operation and permitted uses

Recommendation: Every site shall provide informational signage. Most sites open to the public already feature signs with the essential information. Those that don’t provide this information now should install a sign that includes this information before directional signage or promotional materials are created directing people to the site. The sign should be displayed near the parking area.

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Wayfinding & Signage

The information listed on the prior page is the minimum necessary to make a site “tourist ready.” Another set of information is strongly recommended to improve the visitor experience: • Site Map • Site acreage • Brief site history (year created, source of land, etc) • Rivers to Ridges Logo and a small weatherproof box of brochures • List of activities possible on the site

Finally, a third set of informational resources is suggested but not essential: • Educational displays about the history, geography, flora, and/or fauna found on the site • Recommended activities (“For a beautiful one-hour hike, try…”, or “To see bluebirds we suggest you walk the east prairie between the hours of…”)

Recommendation: Every site shall display the Rivers to Ridges logo and network map. Some sites already feature signage that provide much of this information. It is recommended that, at minimum, the Rivers to Ridges logo be added to existing informational signs. The preferred approach to announcing each site as part of the Rivers to Ridges network is to create either a stand-alone sign or a poster for display on or within an existing kiosks. A mock-up of the recommended poster is displayed above. The essential features of this sign/poster include: site name, site map, site activities, and the Rivers to Ridges Network Map. Additionally, the network map has been subdivided into four regions: Galena/East Dubuque, Hanover, Elizabeth/Stockton, and Savanna/Thomson (as shown in Appendix K). If this sign is the only informational sign on the site, it should also incorporate the essential information listed above (owner, owner phone number, 911 address, rules and restrictions).

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Marketing

Marketing

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his planning process was motivated by the realization that many of the region’s outdoor recreation resources remain unknown and underutilized. The planning and branding efforts of this plan are important but inadequate to improve awareness of these sites - active marketing is essential.

There are two, or perhaps three, unique audiences for the marketing of the network. The obvious and ultimate audience is visitors - people who live outside the area and spend money at local businesses. As established by the Visitor Profile and Market Demand Study, these people are, on average, in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, they are relatively affluent, they travel as couples, and women are leading the decision to come to the area. The second audience is local residents and business owners, a group subdivided into those two categories. It is important to inform these groups about the network, not only for their own enjoyment, but so that they can help to inform visitors of their recreation options. Business owners and employees serving visitors are an especially vital target for marketing efforts - they are ambassadors for the region and have opportunities to recommend activities and invent packages that utilize the Rivers to Ridges Network in some way. No single approach to marketing the Network is likely to suffice. Further, the implementation of any marketing campaign will require the commitment of funds by businesses, communities, and economic development entities. Because multiple methods will be necessary, and because contributors to the effort will have their own preferences for methods they like and know, this plan offers a menu of options with commentary and recommendations for each. The marketing tools are reviewed in order of value and importance, in the opinion of the Steering Committee, starting with the most important tools and finishing with methods deemed optional: • • • • • • • •

Rivers to Ridges Website Informational Brochures Articles in Periodicals Informational Signage Special Events Interpretive Publications Short-Range Radio Transmissions Guided Tours

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Marketing

Web-Based Information The internet has become the trip planning resource of choice for many travellers, making a web presence essential for an unknown tourism entity. Rivers to Ridges could be provided its own, standalone website, or it could be promoted via the existing websites of business and tourism organizations in the region. Advantages • Available to anyone who has access to a computer and the internet • Relatively inexpensive, especially if provided on existing websites. • Viewer info can be tracked (page visit counts, visitor location, etc.) • Can be interactive (virtual tour, making reservations, purchasing tickets, etc.) • Inexpensive to update

Limitations • Requires visitor access to a computer and the internet • A staff or consultant is needed with expertise in designing and creating a site, especially interactive resources • Requires periodic revision to remain current and accurate

Recommendation: Build a stand-alone Network website with enewsletter subscription An independent website provides a consistent destination to which other websites can provide links. It can also be controlled most effectively, especially for update purposes. Recommended content for the site includes a network map, descriptions and directions for each site (and/or a link to an existing website for each site), downloadable promotional brochure and links to other tourism accommodations in the region. Additional recommendations are to establish a subscribable enewsletter, and provide a downloadable Network logo for site owners to access in order to incorporate the Network brand on their materials and onsite signage.

Promotional Brochure

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Limitations • Will need to be revised and reprinted as sites are added or changed • Results in paper usage and waste

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Marketing

Recommendation: Create a brochure for print and web use. The brochure should include a description of the network, a map of all the sites, and information on each site, possibly including a grid of activities available on each site.

Articles in Existing Periodicals The Rivers to Ridges Network could be featured in articles in regional, state, or national newspapers or magazines. Advantages • Ability to reach audiences outside the region • Focus of article can be adjusted to fit a seasonal or topical theme • Articles can be reproduced for local use • Low cost if not a paid advertisement

Limitations • Most articles are likely to lack details about specific sites • Difficult to get space in/attention from higher-profile publications

Recommendation: Publish at least one story per season within major Illinois magazines Spreading the word to residents within Illinois, especially the Chicago area, will help to establish the Network. The publication need not be tourism-focused. A focus on late-winter articles prior to the spring season may be most beneficial while establishing a presence for the Network.

Informational Signage Each site in the network is an opportunity to promote the Rivers to Ridges Network. Advantages • Content can be varied for each site to include site-specific information • Audience is already “in the network”, likely to be interested in other sites with similar amenities • Available 24 hours a day

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Marketing

Limitations • Maintenance may be a challenge - signage is exposed to elements and potential vandalism • Initial installation can be expensive • Some site owners may be resistant to additional signage

Recommendation: Provide a Network poster with map at each site See the “on-site signage” section within the Branding chapter. Create region-specific maps that highlight nearby sites. Offer a scavenger hunt activity that encourages visits to the other sites in the region to see a destination on each site. The regional poster could also be offered in brochure format for distribution at the site

Special Events Special events offer an activity based on a theme. They can be annual traditions or one-time affairs. In many instances such activities are organized in coordination with other events or festivals. Advantages • Can be scaled to fit any budget • Can highlight specific resources or attractions • Provides a specific date to attract visitors to the sites • Creates a sense of urgency to making a visit (“Special Event!”)

Limitations • Requires active promotional efforts and expense • Require staff or volunteer time to prepare and run the event

Recommendation: Organize an official Rivers to Ridges “Grand Opening” with a scavenger hunt as the primary activity The special event will attract attention and require the involvement of many organizations and stakeholders. The scavenger hunt activity encourages visits to the sites and the activity could be recycled as an ongoing activity promoted at each site. In order to keep the scavenger hunt to a one-day affair, we suggest creating four scavenger hunts based on the four regions of the network.

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Marketing

Interpretive Publications Interpretive publications can be created to highlight specific aspects of the network, such as prairies, birding, geology, or Indian history. Advantages • Can be mailed or emailed to visitors that have expressed an interest in the topic • Can be considered a souvenir of a visitor’s trip • Can be produced to communicate to any type of audience (i.e. different languages or ages)

Limitations • Increased paper use and waste, including potential litter • Supplies must be stocked to replenish display locations • Not adequate as a stand-alone reference for the network - typically used in addition to other materials

Recommendation: Create network guidebooks highlighting specific resources. Once the network becomes more established and the funds are available, provide these guidebooks at the major sites, CVBs, and municipal visitor centers. Create guidebooks that correspond to known visitor interests, especially birding and Indian history.

Short-Range Radio Transmissions Radio Transmissions on low-powered am stations, also known as Traveler Information Sources (TIS), provide interpretive and directional information to visitors. An example is road signs providing a station to tune into to get upcoming traffic conditions. Typically the transmission power limits the broadcast range to 0.5 - 2.5 miles. Advantages • Can provide up-to-date information • Easily programmable • Provides information 24 hours a day

Limitations • Visitors must be in a vehicle or near a radio • Range is limited - message must be short to ensure travellers can hear all of it • Initial purchase and setup can be expensive • Require periodic revision to remain current and accurate

Recommendation: Provide a low-wattage radio message in conjunction with the network cluster signs. This is a convenient way for visitors to learn about the network and its amenities. The network cluster signs should indicate the radio frequency travelers should tune to. Each recorded message can briefly describe the network as a whole and each of the sites in the local cluster. This method will need financial support from the majority of the site owners to be viable.

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Guided Tours A guided tour is generally led by a staff member or a volunteer, providing informative dialogue about that subject or location. Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation currently offers such tours. Advantages • • • • •

Provides direct interaction with visitors Can be customized to fit any audience Effective for explaining complex or sequential stories Relatively easy to implement Promotes visitor participation

Limitations • • • • •

Requires trained tour guides May not provide a consistent message as compared to other static media Can be expensive to operate, unless the guides are volunteers Requires operation to be scheduled around available staff Difficulty to evaluate the effectiveness of the media

Recommendation: Offer two or more guided tours a year that utilize the network. Organize a guided tour around a specific theme (i.e. migratory birds, driftless geology, or reclaiming the prairie) and select sites that are within a specific region. On another date the same theme can be organized for another region. This can spark interest in visiting the other sites with similar features in the other regions.

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Action Plan

Action Plan

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he preliminary plan for this network has been laid out in this document. We recommend the following actions to ensure the establishment of the Rivers to Ridges Network. The suggested deadline for these actions is July 1, 2009. Those actions that will be ongoing, such as fundraising, should commence by January 1, 2009.

Action 1: Share this plan with all of the site owners, business owners, and municipalities within the region Presentations at village board, city council, and chambers of commerce meetings will be a vital first step to spreading the word an building enthusiasm for the Rivers to Ridge Network.

Action 2:

Establish a permanent Rivers to Ridges Committee

The long term success of the Rivers To Ridges Network depends on the buy-in and support of the many site owners. Fundraising efforts and expenditure decisions should be led by a committee comprised of representatives of the sites. Because the network has grown since the beginning of the planning process to include more sites and communities, including for-profit businesses, those other entities should be given the opportunity to participate in some way.

Action 3:

Create and maintain a Rivers to Ridges website

As recommended in the marketing plan, a website is the first and most important step to build awareness of the Network.

Action 4:

Develop marketing funds for promotional efforts

Start fund raising and look for grant funding opportunities.

Action 5:

Solicit graphic design assistance with a Request for Proposals (RFP)

The graphics created for this plan are intended to establish a visual brand and to serve as templates for future promotional materials. The logo, maps, and other materials are not intended for direct publication. The Rivers to Ridges organization should solicit the assistance of a graphic design firm to create the final logo, a brochure, maps, and a website. All such items should utilize a consistent set of colors and images to establish and reinforce a Rivers to Ridges brand that will be recognizable at a glance.

Action 6:

Consider creation of a new non-profit Rivers to Ridge Corporation

It may be advantageous, for fundraising and project-funding purposes, to incorporate the Rivers to Ridges organization. The simpler alternative is to utilize an existing non-profit, such as the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, though this may impede the growth and longevity of the network as a self-sustaining entity.

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Appendix A Survey Results

Jo Daviess County Tourism Presentation Monogram Market Research November 12, 2007

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Objectives â&#x20AC;˘ To determine quantitatively the interest of Illinois Tourists in the potential new offerings from Jo Daviess County as follows: The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is working on developing an Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road. This would run along the 60 mile Great River Road, an Illinois National Scenic Byway, along the Mississippi River. The Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road will consist of recreational trails, interpretation of historical and natural features, interactive viewing stations and other outdoor recreational activities that allow visitors to enjoy the unparalleled nature and beauty of the area. There are already more than three dozen nature-oriented sites along the 60 mile Great River Road and the Foundation is considering the development of even more.

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Methodology A total of number 822 interviews were completed via internet with consumers that have signed up to receive information from the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Interviews were conducted during October, 2007.

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Executive Summary Implications

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Currently, consumers are visiting Galena fairly steadily â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for indoor activities. z z z z

Currently, two-thirds of consumers visit the Galena area for one long weekend per year. They are generally traveling with their spouse/partner. They come for indoor activities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; restaurants, shopping and historic sites. They stay at hotels/motels/B&Bs and eat at restaurants roughly twice a day.

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Outdoor activities are underutilized by current Jo Daviess tourists. z

84% are interested in outdoor activities, although less than 25% did any outdoor activities during their last trip to Jo Daviess County.

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The Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road is likely to have a high level of success. z

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There is extremely high interest in the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road. 72% of consumers expressed interest: - 40% very interested - 32% somewhat interested Typically, the benchmark for a successful concept is a 50% or better interest level among the target market. The Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road passes this benchmark by a wide margin.

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Activities of greatest interest in order of importance are: 9 Scenic bluffs 9 Gardens 9 Hiking trails 9 Native American history/artifacts 9 Boat tours 9 Indian mounds 9 Bird/nature watching It is noteworthy that nearly all of these are somewhat passive outdoor activities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rather than highly athletically oriented.

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There is strong indication that the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road would increase tourism in Jo Daviess County. z

More than half of interested consumers plan on staying longer or coming more often for the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road. 20% would come more often 9 17% would stay longer 9 12% would now visit (never have before) 9 9% would come more often & stay longer 58% would increase visits in some manner 9

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40% of consumers are very interested in the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road â&#x20AC;&#x201C; these are your Enthusiasts. z z z

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Enthusiasts are younger and wealthier than the average current visitor. They are more frequent vacationers. They are more likely to have already been hiking, biking, bird and nature watching while at Galena and have a stronger than average interest in outdoor activities in general. They are even more likely to come more often and stay longer. In addition to the outdoor activities that appeal to all consumers, these consumers are also interested in prairies, horse trails, biking and boat rentals.

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Appendix A Survey Results

Respondent Profile

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Most respondents work full time outside of the home. They are most likely to be Caucasian.

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These consumers take an average of 4.2 vacations per year # Vacations per Year on Average 50%

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Half of the consumers have visited the key tourist areas in Illinois in the past 3 years. Galena is the most likely to have been visited. Visited in the Past 3 Years

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Scenery is the number two reason to travel on vacation. 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

Reasons to travel on vacation 89%

84%

62% 51% 43%

40%

m eu us M

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Q.4 Which of the following are reasons for you to travel on a vacation?

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18

41%

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Summer outdoor sports are also a key reason to travel on vacation. Winter and water sports, hunting/fishing and camping are not as popular.

40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%

Reasons to travel on vacation

38% 32%

23%

12%

12%

11%

9%

9% 5%

C am

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ng pi

n hu

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ut

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ts en ev

B

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ts or sp

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Q.4 Which of the following are reasons for you to travel on a vacation?

To

y jo En

s

g

w

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y jo En

C

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19

30%

Consumer Experience With Jo Daviess County

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The majority of these consumers have visited Galena/Jo Daviess in the past 3 years. Have visited Galena/Jo Daviess in Past 3 Years 100% 80%

79%

60% 40% 19%

20%

2% 0%

21

Yes

No

Live in Jo Daviess County

Q.5 Have you visited the Galena area/Jo Daviess County in the past 3 years?

These consumers have taken an average of 3.2 vacations in Galena/Jo Daviess in the past 3 years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; roughly once per year.

# of Visits to Galena/Jo Daviess in Past 3 Years 40%

33%

30%

30% 23%

20%

13%

10% 0% 1

22

2

3-6

7+

Q.5 How many times have you visited the Galena area/Jo Daviess County in the past 3 years? Check only one.

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Summer and Fall are the most popular times for these consumers to visit Jo Daviess County. They come for an average of 2.8 days. Visit Galena/Jo Daviess During:

Length of Stay During Last Visit

80%

74%

50%

70% 60%

54%

36%

40%

39%

50% 40%

30%

40% 30%

20%

25%

20%

11%

10%

10%

0%

0% Winter

23

13%

Spring

Sum m er

Fall

2% 1 day

2 days

3 days

4-6 days

1 week or more

Q.11 Thinking now about your most recent visit to the Galena area/Jo Daviess County, how long did you stay?

Q.7 During what season(s) do you visit the Galena area/Jo Daviess County? Check all that apply.

More than half of consumers went with just their spouse/partner on their last visit to Galena/Jo Daviess. Party Composition on Last Visit 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

54% 17%

Se

lf &

Se sp ou

se

/p a

lf &

rtn e

r

14% Se fri e

nd s

lf &

9% O th sp ou

se

&

ch

3% er

Se

2% lf &

Se ch ild

re n

1% lf o

To nl y

ur g

ro up

ild re n

Q.10 Thinking now about your most recent visit to the Galena area/Jo Daviess County, which of the following best describes your party?

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The majority of consumers stayed at hotels, motels or B&Bs during their last visit to Galena/Jo Daviess. Stayed at During Last Visit 32%

5%

4%

3%

3%

2%

0%

R

en t

ho us Fr ie e nd sf am ily O w n ho m e C am pi ng R en tc on R en do ta pa rt m en t

th er

9%

O

es o

M

rt

14% 12%

ot el

B & B

H

ot el

17%

R

35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%

25

Q.9 Thinking now about your most recent visit to the Galena area/Jo Daviess County, where did you stay?

Most consumers ate an average of 4.7 meals at restaurants during their last visit to Galena/Jo Daviess. # Meals Eaten During Last Visit 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

65%

24% 9% 2% 1

2-5

6-10

11 or more

Q.12 Thinking now about your most recent visit to the Galena area/Jo Daviess County, how many meals did you eat at restaurants while you were there?

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Currently, consumers come to Galena/Jo Daviess for indoor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rather than outdoor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; activities. Did While at Galena/Jo Daviess

38%

rt G al le rie s

30%

A

Vi si te d

M

us e

um

s

W in er ie s

48%

G

A

nt iq

ue

is to ric H

en e

56%

pi ng

Si te s

71%

pi ng ho p ra lS

es ta ur an ts R

88%

Sh op

93%

100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%

Q.8 Thinking about the visit(s) you have made to the Galena area/Jo Daviess County in the past three years, which of the following have you done while there? Check all that apply.

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Even hiking/biking was not particularly popular with consumers while in Galena/Jo Daviess. Did While at Galena/Jo Daviess

un tin

g

1%

H

iin g

4%

Sk

in g

er ea t

4%

Fi sh

g pi n am

oa t

in g

f G ol

Sp as

er O th

B

C

ia

lE

ve

nt s

g W at ch in

5%

Sp ec

at ur e

6%

B

ird /N

H

ik in g

/B

ik i

ng

23% 17% 16% 16% 12% 10% 7%

Th

100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%

Q.8 Thinking about the visit(s) you have made to the Galena area/Jo Daviess County in the past three years, which of the following have you done while there? Check all that apply.

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Interest in Outdoor Activities

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Most consumers have some interest in outdoor activities. Interest in Outdoor Activities 47%

50% 40% 30%

27%

20%

15%

11%

10% 0%

Very interest

Som ew hat interested

Not very interested

Not at all interested

Q.13 How interested would you say you are in outdoor activities such as hiking or boating?

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Scenery, gardens and hiking have the widest appeal followed by Native American related activities and boat tours. % Interested in: 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%

79%

pr ai rie s

30%

N at iv e

A m

or se

R es to

H

re d/ re m

ot H

31%

tr ai lr id es

31%

al lo on in g

w at ch in g

nd s

er ic an

B ird /

In d

na tu re

ia n

m ou

B oa tt ou

hi st o

37%

na nt

39%

ai rb

46%

rs

46%

ry /a rt ifa ct s

ar de ns

H ik in g

55%

G

Sc en ic

bl uf

fs

59%

Q.13 How interested would you say you are in outdoor activities such as hiking or boating?

31

Winter sports and hunting have the most narrow appeal. % Interested in: 29% 29%

25% 24% 23% 22% 22%

g

bo at

B

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w

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7%

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lic

sw

D ow nh

po

C

am

pi

ol s/ sl id es

ng

Fi sh in g

ol f G

bi ke n w /o w

B ik in g

B oa tr en ta l

B ik e

re nt al

11% 10% 9%

H un tin

35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%

Q.13 How interested would you say you are in outdoor activities such as hiking or boating?

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Scenery, hiking, gardens, boat tours, Native American activities and bird/nature watching also have the greatest intensity of interest. The scenic bluffs will likely be the number 1 draw. % Say Activity is #1 or #2 Most Important 100% 80% 60% 34%

40%

23%

19%

20% 0%

Scenic bluffs

Hiking

Gardens

16%

14%

12%

Boat tours

Native Am erican history/artifacts

Bird/nature w atching

Q.15-16 Which of those would be of MOST/SECOND MOST interest to you? (Check only one)

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Other activities do not have the same interest levels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but will appeal to a segment of consumers. % Say Activity is #1 or #2 Most Important

4%

ia n

m ou

nd s

4%

lic

sw

im

In d

m in g

po

ol s/ sl id es

5%

Fi sh in g

5%

Pu b

R

es to

re d/ re m

na nt

B ik e

5%

B oa tr en ta l

re nt al

ng

6%

pi am

bi ke w /o w

n

G

7%

pr ai rie s

8%

C

8% ol f

8%

tr ai lr id es

H or se

H ot

ai

rb

al lo on in g

8%

B ik in g

100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%

Q.15-16 Which of those would be of MOST/SECOND MOST interest to you? (Check only one)

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Skiing, snow shoeing, hunting, and boating have the least intensity of interest – these will be very niche activities.

% Say Activity is #1 or #2 Most Important 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%

2% Dow nhill skiing

2%

1%

Boating w /ow n boat Cross country skiing

1%

0%

Snow shoeing

Hunting

4% None are of interest

Q.15-16 Which of those would be of MOST/SECOND MOST interest to you? (Check only one)

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Interest in Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road

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Interest in the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road is very high.

Interest in Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road 100%

72% top 2 box interest

80% 60%

40% 40%

32% 18%

20% 0%

Very interested

4

3

6%

5%

2

Not at all interested

Q.17 Please rate your interest in potentially traveling to Jo Daviess County to visit the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road. Use a 1 – 5 scale where 1 means not at all interested and 5 means very interested.

37

58% of consumers would come to Jo Daviess County for the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road – either more often, for longer or for the first time.

Likely Behavior Changes Due to the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road 50% 40%

39%

30%

20%

20%

17%

12%

10% 0%

9% 0%

Continue visiting as usual

Com e m ore often

Would stay longer

Never visited - now w oud

Com e m ore & Stay longer

Never visited - still w on't

Q.21 Which of the following would best describe your reaction to the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road? (Check only one)

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Consumers expect to stay an average of 2.9 days, compared to the current 2.8 days. Likely Length of Stay for Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road 50%

41%

39%

40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

11%

7% 1 day

2% 2 days

3 days

4-6 days

1 w eek or m ore

Q.19 If you were to visit Jo Daviess County to experience the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road, how long would you be likely to stay in the area? (Check only one)

39

Consumers intending to visit The Road are more likely to make it a family affair â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with or without children. Likely Party Composition for Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road

80% 60% 40% 20% 0%

40

Self & Self & spouse Self & friends Self & children spouse/partne & children

Self only

Tour group

For Road

61%

17%

18%

2%

2%

2%

Current

54%

17%

14%

3%

2%

2%

Q.18 If you were to visit Jo Daviess County to experience the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road, who would you be most likely to go with? (Please check only one)

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The majority of consumers would stay at hotels, motels or B&Bs – generally the same as current visits. Would Stay at When Visiting the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road 34% 5%

2%

4%

4%

2%

0%

R

en t

ho us Fr ie e nd sf am ily O w n ho m e C am pi ng R en tc on R en do ta pa rt m en t

9%

th er

rt

11%

es o R

ot el M

B & B

H

ot el

20% 18%

O

40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

41

Q.9 Thinking now about your most recent visit to the Galena area/Jo Daviess County, where did you stay?

Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road Enthusiasts Consumers that gave a “5” interest rating on the 5 point scale. These are the Enthusiasts.

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Enthusiasts skew slightly younger than total consumers. An average of 49 compared to 53 for non-Enthusiasts. Age of Respondents 40%

36% 34%

34% 28%

30% 21%

All others

20% 13%

10% 0%

11%

8%8%

Enthusiasts

6%

0%1% <25

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65+

Q.22 Which of the following best describes your age?

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Enthusiasts skew slightly wealthier than nonEnthusiasts.

Annual Household Income of Respondents 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%

31% 26% 25% 21% 19%

26% 22%

24%

All others Enthusiasts

4% 2% <$25,000

$25,000 - $49,999

$50,000 - $74,999

$75,000 - $99,999

$100,000+

Q.26 Which of the following best describes your annual household income?

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Enthusiasts take more vacations than nonEnthusiasts – an average of 4.7 compared to 4.0. # Vacations per Year on Average 50% 40% 30%

44% 34%

30%29%

29% 22%

All others Enthusiasts

20% 10%

4%

8%

0% 2 or less

3-4

5-10

11 or more

Q.1 How often do you take vacations – either full week vacations or just weekend getaways?

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Enthusiasts also vacation more in Illinois than nonEnthusiasts – 2.3 compared to 2.1. # of Vacations per Year in Illinois 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%

31% 24%

25%

26%27%

18%

25% 17%

All others 4% 5%

<1

1

2

3-6

Enthusiasts

7 or more

Q.2 How often do you vacation in Illinois? (Check only one)

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Enthusiasts are just as likely as non-Enthusiasts to have visited Galena/Jo Daviess in the past 3 years, but slightly likely to go more often. Have visited Galena/Jo Daviess in Past 3 Years 79%

80% 70% 60% 50%

50% 40%

36% 31% 30%

30% 30%

24% 22%

All others Enthusiasts 20%

40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

47

78%

# of Visits to Galena/Jo Daviess in Past 3 Years

19% 9%

10% 0% Yes

1

2

3-6

7+

Q.5 Have you visited the Galena area/Jo Daviess County in the past 3 years?

Enthusiasts are more likely to go to Galena during a variety of seasons than non-Enthusiasts. Visit Galena/Jo Daviess During: 73%76%

80% 60% 40%

33% 21%

47% 36%

60% 50% All others Enthusiasts

20% 0% Winter

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Spring

Summer

Fall

Q.7 During what season(s) do you visit the Galena area/Jo Daviess County? Check all that apply.

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Enthusiasts are more likely to have gone hiking/biking, bird/nature watching and camping when at Galena. Did While at Galena/Jo Daviess

50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

34%

All others

29% 15% 4%6%

Enthusiasts

g

0%2%

un tin

iin g Sk

in g Fi sh

g pi n am C

3% 5%

H

9% 3%

in g oa t B

W at ch in

g

9% 6%

B

ird /N

H

at ur e

ik in g

/B

ik i

ng

10%

Q.8 Thinking about the visit(s) you have made to the Galena area/Jo Daviess County in the past three years, which of the following have you done while there? Check all that apply.

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Enthusiasts have a much stronger interest in outdoor activities. Interest in Outdoor Activities 60% 50%

45%

48% 45%

40% 30% 20%

20%

16%

0%

16% 7%

10% Very interest

Som ew hat interested

All others Enthusiasts

Not very interested

3% Not at all interested

Q.13 How interested would you say you are in outdoor activities such as hiking or boating?

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Enthusiasts are more interested in nearly all outdoor activities. % Interested in: 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%

Scenic bluffs

Garden s

Hiking

Native America

Boat tours

Indian Bird/nat Hot air Restore mounds ure ballooni d/remna

Horse trail

All others

74%

55%

45%

42%

42%

35%

30%

30%

21%

23%

Enthusiasts

87%

64%

70%

50%

50%

44%

49%

33%

45%

41%

Q.13 How interested would you say you are in outdoor activities such as hiking or boating?

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Even those that are less popular are more interesting to Enthusiasts. % Interested in: 50% 30% 10% -10%

Bike Boat Biking rental rental w/own

Golf

Fishin Campi Public Down Cross Snow Boatin Huntin g ng swim hill countr shoei g g

All others

25%

24%

18%

24%

21%

18%

19%

9%

6%

3%

6%

2%

Enthusiasts

35%

36%

36%

24%

27%

29%

26%

13%

18%

17%

8%

5%

Q.13 How interested would you say you are in outdoor activities such as hiking or boating?

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Enthusiasts are more likely to say they will come more often, or come more often and stay longer.

Likely Behavior Changes Due to the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road

60% 40% 20%

0%

Never visited - Come more & now woud Stay longer

Continue as usual

Come more often

Would stay longer

All others

50%

14%

17%

11%

3%

Enthusiasts

25%

26%

17%

13%

16%

Q.21 Which of the following would best describe your reaction to the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road? (Check only one)

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Enthusiasts expect to stay an average of 3.1 days compared to non-Enthusiastsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; average of 2.6 days. Likely Length of Stay for Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

53% 45% 36%

38% 19%

All others Enthusiasts

10% 1-2 days

3 days

4 or m ore days

Q.19 If you were to visit Jo Daviess County to experience the Outdoor Recreational River Trail Road, how long would you be likely to stay in the area? (Check only one)

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Appendix B Site Assessment

Site Assessment Sheet User Guide For each site we have prepared a site assessment sheet. These sheets are intended to serve as a planning resource for this project and future efforts. This guide explains the intent and/or importance of the information provided on the site assessment sheets. Region:

Indicates the approximate location within the two-county area

Address:

Needed for emergency response and internet mapping

Distance from:

Indicates shortest distance from site entrance to Highway 20 or Highway 84

Website:

Useful both for planning and marketing purposes

Email:

Useful both for planning and marketing purposes

Owner:

Site owner name, included for planning purposes

Size:

Approximate site area in acres

Description:

Site description, usually provided by site owner/manager

Availability:

Seasonal use restrictions

Restrictions:

Limits to specific uses or specific portions of the site

Hours:

Hours of permitted use

Amenities:

Site improvements that provide access or improve user experience

Current Activities:

Activities that currently take place or that could take place under existing site conditions

Future Activities:

Activities that may be possible with additional site improvements

Handicap Accessibility:

Indication of the extent to which wheelchair-bound visitors can use the site due to the use of barrier-free design

Current Needs:

Improvements necessary to make the site accessible to visitors

Planned Improvements:

Improvements planned by the site owner

Suggested Improvements:

Other Improvements recommended to enhance the quantity and quality of site use

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

A subjective assessment of how ready the site is for inclusion in promotional materials based on ease of access and quality of site improvements

Recommended for the System: A recommendation to include this site in maps and promotional materials immediately, at a later date following site improvements, or never due to permanent limitations.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Apple River Canyon State Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

Region:

Northeast Jo Daviess County

Address:

8763 E. Canyon Road Apple River, IL 61001

Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 19.5 miles - Highway 20: 7.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-745-3302

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm

dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 296 Acres Description: Located in a scenic canyon

where the Apple River winds its way through the site. Within the park one can see a variety of plants and animals. Visit the site of Millville, a site listed on the national historic registery.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Camping April 15-October 31; Winter family camping available in Walnut Grove

Hours:

Dawn to Dusk

Amenities: Along Grand Illinois Trail, picnic shelters, picnic tables, restrooms, 50 camp sites (one w/ electric), five nature trails, multiple parking lots, informational desk, maps, and concessions

Current Needs:

Current Activities: Camping, fishing, hiking (marked trails), picnicking, and bird watching

Planned Improvements:

Future Activities:

Educational experience

(Millville)

None

Informational signs explaining the history of Millville & trout unlimited project to enhance fish habitat and stabilize bank erosion. Phase 2 & 3 state archeological study.

Suggested Improvements:

Playground

equipment and bike racks

Handicap Accessibility:

Partially (camp sites, restrooms, and Primrose Trail)

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Apple River Canyon State Park: McKeague Unit Not Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northeast Jo Daviess County

Address:

n/a

Distance from:

n/a

- Great River Road: 19.5 miles - Highway 20: 7.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-745-3302

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm

dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 226 Acres Description: Located in a beautiful canyon

towering over the Apple River with a huge plant and animal inventory. Currently there is no direct access to this site.

Availability: Restrictions: Hours:

n/a

Year-Round Need landowner permission

n/a

Amenities:

Current Needs:

None

Access to site, directional signage to the site, and a site entrance sign

Current Activities: Fishing, hiking (unmarked trails), and bird watching Future Activities:

None

Handicap Accessibility:

Planned Improvements:

None

Suggested Improvements:

None

No

2

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Apple River Canyon State Park: Salem Unit Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

North-Central Jo Daviess Co.

Address:

1205 N. Salem Road Elizabeth, IL 61028

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 8.6 miles - Highway 20: 4.6 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-745-3302

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm

dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 772.5 Acres Description: Predominately the site is open

with a mix of grasslands, rowcrops, hayfields, and prairie restorations. The other portions of the site has steep timbered slopes and bluffs with views of the Apple River.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific turkey and deer gun seasons.

Hours:

Dawn to dusk

Amenities: Along Grand Illinois Trail, multiple parking areas and a map

Current Needs:

Current Activities: Fishing, hiking (unmarked trails), hunting, and bird watching

Planned Improvements:

Future Activities:

Picnicking and hiking

(marked trails)

Handicap Accessibility:

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No

None

Restore 60 acres in N.W. corner of Oak/Savanna & crop ground. Erosion control measures established, exotics controlled. Northwest parking area enhanced with gravel surface.

Suggested Improvements:

Provide marked paths from parking areas (currently parking area #2 is hikable and huntable, #3 & #4 are only huntable). Also provide picnic tables, port-a-potties, and maps at all locations with “You are here” indicators.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Apple River Canyon State Park: Thompson Unit Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

North-Central Jo Daviess Co.

Address:

1573 N. Scout Camp Road Stockton, IL 61085

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 12.2 miles - Highway 20: 4.4 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-745-3302

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm

dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 280 Acres Description: Predominately the site is open

with a mix of grasslands, rowcrops, hayfields, and prairie restorations. The other portions of the site has steep timbered slopes and bluffs with views of the Apple River.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific turkey and deer gun seasons.

Hours:

Dawn to dusk

Amenities:

Along the Grand Illinois Trail

and parking area

Current Activities: Fishing, hiking (unmarked trail), hunting, and bird watching Future Activities:

Picnicking and hiking

(marked trail)

Handicap Accessibility:

No

Current Needs:

Signage cautioning vehicles of two-way traffic on the one-lane access driveway

Planned Improvements:

Erosion control measures established, exotics controlled.

Suggested Improvements:

A map with marked trail (mowed fire lanes), larger two-lane access driveway, port-a-potties, picnic tables, and a larger sign near entrance.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Apple River Fort State Historic Site Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Central Jo Daviess County

Address:

311 E. Myrtle Street Elizabeth, IL 61028

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 2.5 miles - Highway 20: 0.1 miles

Phone Number: 815-858-2028 Website: Email:

www.appleriverfort.org

info@appleriverfort.org

Owner: State of Illinois (public) Size: 7 acres Description: A reconstructed fort describing the area’s Native Americans, its early settlers, and the Black Hawk War of 1832. The land surrounding the fort have been restored to prairie vegetation and heritage gardens.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round The fort is closed on Mondays

& Tuesdays.

Hours:

Wed-Sun (9am - 5pm)

Amenities:

Parking, interpretive signs, restrooms, museum, historical fort, and seating

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Bird watching and

historical experience

Future Activities:

Hiking (marked trail; forest addition) and picnicking

Handicap Accessibility:

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None

Expand the area surrounding the Fort with more log buildings and adding 25 acres of old growth oak/hickory forest directly behind the site. Expansion of living history/educational programs.

Suggested Improvements:

Provide mowed paths through the prairie with a corresponding map (could be extended into woods if acquired) and provide picnic tables (possibly in context to historic design) to expand the sites use.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Ayers Sand Prairie Nature Preserve Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

West Carroll County

Address:

Airport Rd & Spring Lake Rd Savanna, IL 61074

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.5 miles

Phone Number: 815-244-3655 Website: Email:

dnr.state.il.us/INPC/Directory/ Sitefiles/Area1/ayeca.htm

n/a

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 109 Acres Description: A dry sand prairie with eolian features that dominate the glacial sand deposits of the upper Mississippi River Valley.

Availability: Restrictions: Hours:

Year-Round None

Dawn to dusk

Amenities:

Current Needs:

Small parking area

Current Activities:

Bird watching and

Larger parking area

Planned Improvements:

None

hiking (unmarked trail)

Future Activities:

Hiking (marked trail)

Suggested Improvements:

Map and mowed

pathways

Handicap Accessibility:

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Big Slough Recreational Area Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Southwest Carroll County

Address:

5836 Riverview Road Thomson, IL 61285

Distance from: - Great River Road: 1.3 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-259-3628

www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/

mvrodmn13@usace.army.mil

Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers (public) Size: 3 Acres Description: A boat launch site on the shore of the Mississippi River near Thomson.

Availability: Restrictions: Hours:

Year-Round None

Dawn to dusk

Amenities: Large parking lot, boat launch, picnic tables, and port-a-potties

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Boating/canoeing, fishing (pool 13), and picnicking

Future Activities:

No

None

None

Suggested Improvements:

None.

(primary purpose is a boat launch)

Handicap Accessibility:

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Blanding Landing Recreation Area Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

West Jo Daviess County

Address:

5720 S. River Road Hanover, IL 61041

Distance from: - Great River Road: 9.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

563-582-0881

www.missriver.org

mvrodmn11@usace.army.mil

Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers (public) Size: 12 Acres Description: This site is located on the

banks of the Mississippi River, just north of Lost Mound. It provides a variety of recreational activities, in particular it is known for its excellent waterfowl hunting and fishing opportunities.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Camp from the 2nd Friday in May through the 4th Sunday in October Hours: Dawn to dusk

Amenities: Near Great River Trail, large parking lot, boat launch, picnic shelter, picnic tables, 30 campsites (7 primitive sites), playground area, showers, pay phone, and port-a-potties

Current Needs:

Current Activities: Boating/canoeing, camping, fishing (pool 12), hunting, and picnicking

Planned Improvements:

Future Activities:

No

Handicap Accessibility:

None

None

Suggested Improvements: Yes

Green up the parking area and hide the barbed wire fence surrounding the campsites (border of Lost Mound). Add a bike rack.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Buehler Preserve Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

102 Jefferson Street Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.7 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-858-9100

www.jdcf.org

info@jdcf.org

Owner: Jo Daviess Conserv. Fdn. (private, non-profit) Size: 18.2 Acres Description: Buehler Preserve, just outside of Galena, IL, is a floodplain prairie that sits on the Galena River banks and is a prime place to enjoy the river, prairie and forest through birding, hiking, or fishing.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Camping by permission only; No firearms, alcohol, open fires, or vehicles. Pets must be on a leash

Hours:

Dawn to dusk

Amenities:

Current Needs:

Prairie restoration

Build a path on levee to preserve entrance, provide a entrance sign and directional signage to the site.

Current Activities:

Bird watching, hiking (unmarked trail), fishing, and camping

Future Activities:

Hiking (marked trail) &

biking

Handicap Accessibility:

No

Planned Improvements:

Birding platforms, upgraded trails, boundary clean up (invasives), and fishing dock.

Suggested Improvements:

Provide a map. Add a port-a-potty (possibly at the southend of the Meeker Street footbridge), benches, and build a pedestrian bridge from the Recreational Park across the Galena River to the preserve.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Casper Bluff Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

Region:

West Jo Daviess County

Address:

870 S. Pilot Knob Road Galena, IL 61036

when “current needs” are satisfied

Distance from: - Great River Road: 5.1 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-858-9100

www.jdcf.org

info@jdcf.org

Owner: Jo Daviess Conserv. Fdn. (private, non-profit) Size: 52 Acres Description: A cultural/natural resource marvel that will invite & excite families who love to learn about Native American Mound building, history, culture, & enjoy experiencing the wildlife of Jo Daviess Co. as it overlooks the Mississippi River.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Stay off the bluff faces; no firearms, hunting, harvesting, alcohol, vehicles, or disturbing Native American sites. Pets must be on a leash.

Hours:

Dawn to dusk

Amenities:

None

Current Activities: Bird watching, hiking (marked trail), educational experience, and cross country skiing Future Activities: Picnicking

Current Needs:

A site entrance sign, new parking lot, and directional signage to the site

Planned Improvements:

Full restoration with trails, prairie, picnic areas (shelters), Indian mounds restoration, and interpretive signage.

Suggested Improvements:

Benches along

trail route

Handicap Accessibility: No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Chestnut Mountain Resort Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

West Jo Daviess County

Address:

8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Rd. Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 7.8 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-777-1230

www.chestnutmtn.com

groups@chestnutmtn.com

Owner: Chestnut Mountain (private, for-profit) Size: 139 acres (skiing area) Description: Chestnut Mountain is one of the Midwest’s top rated ski resorts, featuring 17 trails, 475-ft. vertical drop, 1/2 mile runs, 9 lifts, and a 7acre terrain park. It is also home to the Mississippi Explorer Cruises.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: Sun-Thur 9-9; Fri & Sat 9-10 Amenities: Near Great River Trail, large parking lot, lodging, shop, rental equipment, ski school, first aid, concessions, and restrooms

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Down-hill skiing, boat tour, mini golf, and alpine slide

Future Activities:

No

Handicap Accessibility:

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None

Suggested Improvements:

None

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Depot Park (Galena Boat Launch) Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

Park Avenue & Bouthillier St. Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.1 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-777-1050

www.cityofgalena.org

n/a

Owner: City of Galena (public) Size: 10 Acres Description: Park space located just under the Highway 20 bridge that provides access to Galena River Boat Launch and Galena River Trail.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round Boat launch available from

May to November

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Start of Galena River Trail, large parking area, picnic tables, a port-a-potty, and boat launch

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Boating/canoeing, fishing, picnicking, ice skating, and bird watching

Future Activities:

No

Handicap Accessibility:

None

Additional

landscaping (trees and shrubs)

Suggested Improvements:

None

Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

East Dubuque Boat Launch Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

2nd Street and Menominee Ave East Dubuque, IL 61025

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.3 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

n/a

n/a

n/a

Owner: City of East Dubuque (public) Size: 5 Acres Description: Free boat launch at the bank of the Mississippi River.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Large parking lot, boat launch, port-a-potty, picnic shelter, and garbage cans

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Boating/canoeing, fishing (pool 12), and picnicking

Future Activities:

No

Handicap Accessibility:

None

None

Suggested Improvements:

None

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Elmoville (Bluebird) Prairie Not Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

East Jo Daviess County

Address:

4707 S. Elmoville Road Stockton, IL 61085

Distance from: - Great River Road: 7.8 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-947-2287

www.theprairieenthusiasts.org/ chapter/ill/nwill.htm

n/a

Owner: Residential Property (private) Size: 3 Acres Description: Elmoville (bluebird) prairie is privately owned prairie land.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round Need landowner’s permission

to visit the site.

Hours: n/a Amenities:

Current Needs:

Prairie restoration

Current Activities: Future Activities:

Planned Improvements:

n/a

n/a

Handicap Accessibility:

n/a

n/a

Suggested Improvements:

n/a

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Ferry Landing Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

West Jo Daviess County

Address:

end of Ferry Landing Road Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 2.3 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

563-582-0881

www.missriver.org

mvrodmn11@usace.army.mil

Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers (public) Size: 10 Acres Description: Public boat launch southwest of Galena on the Mississippi River bank.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Large parking area, boat launch, dock, telephone, port-a-potty, and garbage cans

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Boating/canoeing

and fishing (pool 12)

Future Activities:

No

Handicap Accessibility:

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911 Address

None

Suggested Improvements:

None

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

French Bluff Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Southwest Carroll County

Address:

2911 Scenic Bluff Road Thomson, IL 61285

Distance from: - Great River Road: 1.8 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-273-2731

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/hunter_ fact_sheet/R1hfs/frb.htm

n/a

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 344 Acres Description: French bluff is characterized by steep hillsides, ridge tops, and terrace benches that is almost entirely covered by forest.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific turkey and deer gun seasons.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities:

Current Needs:

Small parking area

Current Activities:

Hunting, hiking (unmarked trail), and bird watching

Future Activities:

Hiking (marked trail)

None

Planned Improvements:

None

Suggested Improvements:

Marked trails and

a trail map

Handicap Accessibility: Fi

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Frog Pond Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

West Carroll County

Address:

Doty Road and Highway 84 Savanna, IL 61074

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.0 miles

Phone Number:

815-273-2732

Website: Email:

www.fws.gov/midwest/ uppermississippiriver/ UpperMississippiRiverfws.gov

Owner: Upper Mississippi River F&W Refuge (public) Size: 64 Acres Description: Frog Pond is a small recreational area situated along a backwater lake off of the Plum River.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Day use only; no campfires, camping, or swimming

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities:

Parking area, picnic tables, benches, wheelchair accessible fishing platform

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Canoeing, fishing, bird watching, and picnicking

Future Activities:

No

None

None

Suggested Improvements:

Port-a-potty and

connection to Great River Trail

Handicap Accessibility: Fi

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Galena River Trail Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

Park Avenue & Bouthillier St. Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.1 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-777-1050

www.cityofgalena.org

n/a

Owner: City of Galena (public) Size: 3.5 miles Description: Bike, walk, or cross-country

ski along a 3.5 mile hard packed trail in one of the most scenic areas of Northwest Illinois.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Large parking area, a port-apotty, and garbage cans

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hiking (marked trail), biking, cross-country skiing, and bird watching

Future Activities: No

None

Connection to

Recreational Park in 2008.

Suggested Improvements:

Bike rack at public

parking area

Handicap Accessibility:

Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Gramercy Park Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

341 Gramercy Street East Dubuque, IL 61025

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.4 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-747-3095

n/a

n/a

Owner: City of East Dubuque (public) Size: 3 Acres Description: Gramercy park is on a scenic

bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, with 26 ceremonial and burial mounds from the Hopewell Native American culture, circa 200-500 AD.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Large parking area, interpretive signs, picnic shelter, picnic tables, benches, indian mounds, restrooms, playground and prairie restoration

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hiking (marked trail), historical experience, and bird watching

Future Activities:

No

Handicap Accessibility:

None

None

Suggested Improvements:

Regrading path areas to ADA standards (w/ railing where needed)

Partially:

restrooms, picnic areas, and overlook

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Hanley Savanna Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

Southwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

9417 Whitton Road Hanover, IL 61041

Distance from: - Great River Road: 2.6 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

n/a

www.nipes.org

infor@www.nipes.org

Owner: The Prairie Enthusiasts (non-profit) Size: 200 Acres Description: It is a nature preserve with prairies and savannas.

Availability: Restrictions:

Nov. 15 - May 15

No hunting, fishing, camping, or collecting; stay on trails; no fires, alcohol, horses, or firearms

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Along Great River Trail, parking area, shelter, map, demonstration garden, and prairie restoration

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hiking (marked trail),

Directional signage to the site and

a site entrance sign

None

and bird watching

Future Activities:

No

Suggested Improvements:

Larger parking

area, bike rack, and a port-a-potty

Handicap Accessibility:

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Southwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

8995 S. Hanover Hill Road Hanover, IL 61041

Distance from: - Great River Road: 1.6 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-745-3302

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm

dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 350 Acres Description: Hanover Bluff Natural Area

provides great nature viewing opportunities within the forest and prairie areas as well as at the only public lake in Jo Daviess County.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific turkey and deer gun seasons.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities:

Parking area and mowed paths

Current Activities:

Fishing, hunting, hiking (unmarked trail), and bird watching

Future Activities:

Picnicking, camping,

and hiking (marked trail)

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Current Needs:

None

Planned Improvements:

Dam, spillway, and lakeshore rehabilitation and possible vehicle access to lake with state capital improvement funds. Additional parking lot on 99 acre new parcel for hunting access.

Suggested Improvements:

Provide picnic tables, picnic shelters, camp sites, and a map. Public vehicle lake access (current access is too steep for vehicle traffic).

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Hanover Bluff State Nature Preserve Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

Southwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

Hanover Hill Rd. & Whitton Rd. Hanover, IL 61041

Distance from: - Great River Road: 3.6 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-745-3302

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm

dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 450 Acres Description: Hanover Bluff State Preserve

has rugged hills, sharp ridges, sweeping slopes, and narrow valleys. The steep slopes escaped grazing and agriculture, thus providing treasured habitats for threatened and endangered species.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Along Great River Trail and prairie/forest areas

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hiking (unmarked)

Access point, parking area, site entrance sign, and directional signage to the site.

Hunting access

and bird watching

Future Activities:

Hiking (marked) and

hunting

Handicap Accessibility:

Suggested Improvements:

Established trails (marked or mowed), bike rack, and a map.

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Haywire Farms Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

4543 W. Longhollow Road Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 1.2 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-777-0261

www.haywirefarmsllc.com

haywirefarmsllc@aol.com

Owner: Haywire Farms (private, for-profit) Size: n/a Description: Haywire Farms is set in the

hills just outside of the Galena Territory. It has 250 acres of riding trails (and cross county jumps) with access to the trails through the Territory.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: n/a Amenities: Riding trails, indoor arena, viewing room with kitchen, and bathrooms

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Future Activities:

horseback riding

No

Handicap Accessibility:

Directional signage to the site

New cross country

jumps ever year.

Suggested Improvements:

None

n/a

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Ingersoll Center (Sloane Marsh Overlook) Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

Region:

West Carroll County

Address:

7071 Riverview Road Thomson, IL 61285

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.5 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-273-2732

www.fws.gov/midwest/ uppermississippiriver

UpperMississippiRiverfws.gov

Owner: Upper Mississippi River F&W Refuge (public) Size: 36 Acres Description: The Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center provides visitors with information and exhibits in regards to wetlands. Across the street is a scenic overlook of Sloane Marsh and Spring Lake.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Ingersoll Center is closed on weekends & holidays

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm (overlook: dawn to dusk) Amenities: Along Great River Trail, large parking area, gift shop, restrooms, informational exhibits, bike rack, spotting scopes and bench (Sloane Marsh overlook)

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Bird watching and

learning experience

Future Activities:

Hiking (marked trail)

Handicap Accessibility:

None

Trails in the prairie

area around the Learning Center

Suggested Improvements:

None

Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Lock and Dam 13 Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

Northwest Whiteside County

Address:

4900 Lock Road (follow to end of Lock Road) Thomson, IL 61285

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 0.2 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-259-3628

www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/

mvrodmn13@usace.army.mil

Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers (public) Size: 4 Acres Description: This site is good place to make

a rest stop off of Highway 84. It provides views of the Mississippi River and dam 13, restrooms, picnic area, and areas to camp.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Dam is only available through scheduled tours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Great River Trail access, a parking lot, restrooms, picnic tables, boat launch, 6 camp sites (no electric), and dam

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Boating/canoeing, picnicking, camping, fishing (pool 13), and educational experience (dam)

Future Activities:

No

Directional signage to site and a

site entrance sign

None

Suggested Improvements:

Interpretive

signage and bike rack

Handicap Accessibility:

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Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Longhollow Scenic Overlook Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Central Jo Daviess County

Address:

One mile west of: Highway 84 & Route 20 Elizabeth, IL 61028

Distance from:

n/a

- Great River Road: 0.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

800-747-9377

n/a

n/a

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Transportation (public) Size: n/a Description: Located just off of Highway 84,

this DOT rest area is situated on a hill with views of the countryside.

Availability: Restrictions:

n/a

Year-Round None

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Large parking lot, picnic tables, restrooms, picnic shelter, and garbage cans. Observation tower is closed for the foreseeable future.

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Future Activities:

Picnicking

Observation Tower

None

None

Suggested Improvements:

Fix and reopen

the observation tower.

Handicap Accessibility:

Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Marquette Park Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

West Carroll County

Address:

Wayne King Dr. & Randolph St. Savanna, IL 61074

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.1 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-273-4487

www.savannaillinois.com

savparkdistrict@grics.net

Owner: Savanna Park District (public) Size: 7 Acre Description: Situated on the banks of the

Mississippi River, Marquette Park provides a great place to take in the sights of the Great River.

Availability: Restrictions:

n/a

Year-Round None

Hours: Dawn to Dusk Amenities: Picnic tables, 3 boat launches, 4 shelters, restrooms, and parking

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Canoeing, boating, picnicking, and fishing at south end

Future Activities:

No

Handicap Accessibility:

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None

Upgrade boat launch near the south end of the park and add courtesy desks.

Suggested Improvements:

n/a

Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Mickelson’s Landing Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

Northwest Whiteside County

Address:

End of Riverfront Drive Fulton, IL 61252

Distance from: - Great River Road: 1.1 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-273-2732

www.fws.gov/midwest/ uppermississippiriver/

UpperMississippiRiverfws.gov

Owner: Upper Mississippi River F&W Refuge (public) Size: 37 Acres Description: Mickelson’s Landing provides boat and canoe access to the Mississippi River.

n/a Availability: Restrictions: Hours:

Year-Round None

Dawn to dusk

Amenities:

Near the Great River Trail, boat launch, and two handicap accessible fishing platforms

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Boating/canoeing, hunting, fishing (pool 13), and bird watching

Future Activities:

None

Handicap Accessibility:

911 Address and directional

signage to the site

None

Suggested Improvements:

None

Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Mississippi Palisades State Park Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northwest Carroll County

Address:

16327a Highway 84 Savanna, IL 61074

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-273-2731

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/parks/palisade.htm

dnr.mississippipalisades@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 2,500 Acres Description: As it names suggests,

Mississippi Palisades has a line of lofty, steep cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The site is enriched with plant and animal life, and provides multiple recreational opportunities.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Shower/restroom facilities are in operation from May 1 - October 31

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Near Great River Trail, parking lots, gift shop, hiking trails, prairie restoration, boat launch, 4 overlooks, picnic shelters, 241 camp sites (110 electric), showers, a playground, restrooms, & picnic tables Current Activities: Hunting, boating/ canoeing, hiking (marked trail), picnicking, bird watching, camping, fishing, & cross-country skiing Future Activities: No Handicap Accessibility:

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Current Needs:

None

Planned Improvements:

None

Suggested Improvements:

Bike racks

Partially

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Old Mill Park n/a

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

Region:

Northwest Carroll County

Address:

9621 US Highway 52 Savanna, IL 61074

Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Distance from: - Great River Road: 1.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-273-4549

www.savannaillinois.com

savparkdistrict@grics.net

Owner: Savanna Park District (public) Size: 56 Acres Description: Located on the northeast

side of town featuring ball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, and playground equipment. There is also a nature trail, walking trail, and plenty of green space for relaxing and picnicking.

Availability: Restrictions:

n/a

Year-Round

October 31 though April 14 only open to walk-in traffic

Hours: 7am-10pm (4/15-9/30); 7am-Dusk (10/1-10/30) Amenities: Ball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground, nature/walking trail, concession stand, 2 restrooms, 9-hole frisbee golf course, 4 pavilion shelters

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Picnicking basketball, baseball/softball, tennis and frisbee golf

Future Activities: None Handicap Accessibility:

n/a

Additional ball

diamonds and restrooms

Suggested Improvements:

n/a

Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Point Rock Park n/a

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

Region:

Central Carroll County

Address:

Mill Street

Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Mt. Carroll, IL 61053

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 9.6 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-244-2255

www.mtcarrollil.org/

n/a

Owner: City of Mt. Carroll (public) Size: n/a Description: Enjoy the peaceful sights and

sounds of nature along the banks of the Waukarusa River. One of the walking trails lead to the Oak Hill Cemetery with graves dating back to the Civil War.

Availability: Restrictions:

n/a

Year-Round

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Ball diamonds, volleyball area, playground, nature/walking trail, pavilion, restrooms, and disc golf course

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Picnicking, frisbee

n/a

n/a

golf, hiking, and fishing

Future Activities: None Handicap Accessibility:

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Suggested Improvements:

n/a

Partially

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Rall Woods (Falling Down Prairie) Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Southwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

11811 S. Airhart Road Hanover, IL 61041

Distance from: - Great River Road: 2.5 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-745-3302

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/parks/apple.htm

dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 238 Acres Description: Rall Woods is situated on a

rugged upland forest bluff that have native prairie remnants. The site provides beautiful views of the Mississippi flood plain from prairie ridge tops.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific turkey and deer gun seasons.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Along Great River Trail, parking area and an established trail (unmarked)

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hunting, hiking (unmarked trail), and bird watching

Future Activities:

No

None

Additional parking

lot at the north end of the property.

Suggested Improvements:

Marked trail, trail

map, and a bike rack

Handicap Accessibility:

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Recreational Park Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

Stagecoach Trail & Field Street Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-777-1050

www.cityofgalena.org

n/a

Owner: City of Galena (public) Size: 8.5 Acres Description: One of the premier parks in

Northwest Illinois, located on the bluff over the Galena River. It contains areas for every major active and leisure sport, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: Dawn to 10:30pm Amenities: Along Grand Illinois Trail, parking lots, a skate park, 2 horse shoe pits, 2 sand volleyball courts, 2 basketball courts, 2 shuffle board courts, 2 playgrounds, a ballfield, and a pool

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Picnicking, volleyball, basketball, baseball/softball, swimming and skating.

Future Activities: Hiking (marked trail) and biking

Handicap Accessibility:

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Yes

None

A 12’ wide bike path will connect the park to the Galena River Trail in 2008

Suggested Improvements:

Provide a paved bike path through park, and possibly a trail down the bluff to the water’s edge.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Savanna Marina Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

Region:

West Carroll County

Address:

1 Main Street Savanna, IL 61074

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.0 miles

Phone Number: 815-273-2955 Website: Email:

www.savannaillinois.com

savparkdistrict@grics.net

Owner: Savanna Park District (public) Size: 54 Acres Description: This marina is owned and

operated by the Savanna Park District and is open to the public. It offers dry docking, slip rentals, launching, overnight boat tie-ups, pump out, annual campsites, and winter storage.

Availability: Restrictions:

May 1 - October 31

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: 4 boat launch ramps, wet slips & dry dock, campsites, restrooms, showers, gas station, and concessions/cafe

Current Needs:

Current Activities: boating/canoeing and camping in annual campsites

Planned Improvements:

Future Activities: No Handicap Accessibility:

n/a

Additional signage

Suggested Improvements: n/a Partially

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Schurmeier Forest Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

South-Central Jo Daviess Co.

Address:

147 E. Reush Road Elizabeth, IL 61028

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 4.2 miles - Highway 20: 3.2 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-858-9100

www.jdcf.org

info@jdcf.org

Owner: Jo Daviess Conserv. Fdn. (public, non-profit) Size: 56 Acres Description: A heavily-wooded forest with over two miles of hiking trails. This includes a 1/3 mile trail with educational signage and guidebook that teaches tree and forestry practices.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No hunting, harvesting, firearms, alcohol, or vehicles. Pets must be on a leash.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Parking area, teaching shelter w/ picnic tables, marked hiking trails, and a map

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hiking (marked), horseback riding trails (marked), bird watching, and picnicking

Future Activities: Educational experience Handicap Accessibility:

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No

None

Total forest management and upgrade trail system

Suggested Improvements:

Interpretive signage (inform public during the day when teaching is not provided), birding platforms from the ridge out into forest, handicap trail from east end of site with a driveway.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Shenandoah Riding Center-Galena Territory Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

200 N. Brodrecht Road Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 2.5 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-777-2373

www.shenandoahridingcenter.com

shenandoahriding@yahoo.com

Owner: Shenandoah Riding Center (private, for-profit) Size: 8.5 Acres Description: Shenandoah Riding Center is not only a first rate facility with a top caliber staff, its location inside The Galena Territory, a resort community, make it unrivaled for scenic trails and tranquil beauty.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round None

Hours: 8:30-4:30 Daily Amenities: Indoor and outdoor arena, track lockers, 40 miles of trails, indoor training area, 50 stalls, full course of stadium jumps, training crosscountry course, and dressage area

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Horseback riding

Future Activities: No Handicap Accessibility:

None

None

Suggested Improvements:

None

n/a

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Smooth Gait Ranch n/a

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

Region:

Central Carroll County

Address:

16216 Polsgrove Road Mt. Carroll, IL 61053

Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Distance from:

n/a

- Great River Road: 12.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-244-2699

hosted.ase.net/3132120.html

deyochiroandmore@internetni.com

Owner: Smooth Gait Ranch (private; for-profit) Size: n/a Description: You’ll see nature at its best

while riding smooth-gaited Missouri Fox Trotter horses. Cross quiet flowing streams, travel over the open prairie, wind through the trails of the hilly countryside.

Availability: Restrictions:

n/a

Year-Round

Hours: 8am to dusk Amenities:

Current Needs:

Parking

Current Activities:

Horseback riding

Future Activities: None Handicap Accessibility:

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n/a

Planned Improvements:

n/a

Suggested Improvements:

n/a

No

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Tapley Woods Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

West Jo Daviess County

Address:

3742 US Route 20 West Elizabeth, IL 61028

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.0 miles

Phone Number:

815-745-3302

Website: Email:

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 259 Acres Description: Tapley Woods provides upland forested timber terrain that is a good hunting spot and provides a rest area for visitors using Highway 20, which bisects the property.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific turkey and deer gun seasons.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Rest area (picnic tables, informational kiosk, restrooms, garbage receptacles, parking area) and hunting registration (parking along drive lane)

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hunting and

picnicking

Future Activities:

Hiking (marked trail)

and bird watching

Handicap Accessibility:

None

None

Suggested Improvements:

Formation of established trails (marked and mapped).

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Thomson Causeway Recreational Area Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Southwest Carroll County

Address:

Lewis Avenue & Main Street Thomson, IL 61285

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.7 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-259-3628

www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/

mvrodmn13@usace.army.mil

Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers (public) Size: 64 Acres Description: Thomson Causeway is the

biggest recreation area on the Mississippi that provides tremendous views of the main channel of the river and of Potter’s Marsh.

Availability: Restrictions:

April 11 - October 26

No trail access during special site specific turkey and deer gun seasons.

Hours: 6 am - 10 pm Amenities: Great River Trail, picnic shelter, picnic tables, boat launch, Hidden Slough Hiking Trail, 131 camp sites (all electric), restrooms, showers, and a parking lot

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hunting, camping, fishing (pool 13), hiking (marked trail), boating/ canoeing, picnicking, and bird watching

Future Activities:

No

Handicap Accessibility:

None

None

Suggested Improvements:

Bike racks

Yes (except

hiking trail)

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Thomson-Fulton Sand Prairie Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

Region:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Northwest Whiteside County

Address:

Riverfront Dr. & Railroad Ln. (Railroad Ln. is Great River Trail)

Fulton, IL 61252

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 1.1 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-244-3655

www.dnr.state.il.us/incp/directory/ sitefiles/area1/thowh.htm

n/a

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 37 Acres Description: This site contains sand prairie that is recovering from past grazing.

Availability: Restrictions: Hours:

Year-Round No access to the sand prairie

Dawn to dusk

Amenities:

Along the Great River Trail, prairie restoration, and Great River Bike Trail access

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Future Activities:

Bird watching

Hiking (marked trail)

Handicap Accessibility:

Directional signage to the site, parking area, and site access

None

Suggested Improvements:

Establish trails (mowed/marked), provide a map, and add a bike rack.

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Upper “Miss” River NWFR: Lost Mound Unit Recommended

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

Northwest Carroll County

Address:

3159 Crim Drive Savanna, IL 61074

Distance from: - Great River Road: 1.4 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-273-3184

www.fws.gov/midwest/ uppermissippiriver

UpperMississippiRiver@fws.gov

Owner: Upper Mississippi River F&W Refuge (public) Size: 3,022 Acres Description: Lost Mound is an old Army base (closed March of 2000) that tested munitions on the banks of the Mississippi River. Unique features of this site include sand prairie remnants, forests, backwater wetlands, old military buildings, and a sand dune (largest in Illinois).

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

Access is limited to the River Road Wildlife Drive and west of Crooked Slough.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Large parking area, informational kiosk, welcome center, and overlook

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Bird watching and

hunting

Future Activities:

Historical experience

Handicap Accessibility:

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Yes

None

Provide another

overlook w/ spotting scopes.

Suggested Improvements:

Interpretive signs along River Road Wildlife Drive about site history and existing buildings on site. Improve fenceline.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Upper “Miss” River NWFR: Spring Lake Unit Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

West Carroll County

Address:

1/2 mile s. of Doty Rd and Hwy 84 Thomson, IL 61285

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-273-2732

www.fws.gov/midwest/ uppermississippiriver

UpperMississippiRiverfws.gov

Owner: Upper Mississippi River F&W Refuge (public) Size: 3,600 Acres Description: This site provides scenic views of both Spring Lake as well as the Mississippi River. Most notable is the 8.7 mile gravel path that runs along the edges of Spring Lake with two observation decks.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific duck season.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Great River Trail access, large parking lot, interpretive signs, benches, port-apotty, picnic tables, overlooks, bike rack, and a gravel path around Spring Lake

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hiking (marked trail), biking, fishing (pool 13), picnicking, and bird watching

Future Activities: No Handicap Accessibility:

911 Address

None

Suggested Improvements:

None

Yes

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Wapello Land and Water Reserve Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

Southwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

8642 Illinois Route 84 South Hanover, IL 61041

Distance from: - Great River Road: 0.0 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-858-9100

www.jdcf.org

info@jdcf.org

Owner: Jo Daviess Conserv. Fdn. (public, non-profit) Size: 79 Acres Description: A cultural and natural resource marvel that will invite and excite families who love to learn about Native American history and enjoy experiencing the wildlife of Jo Daviess County.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No hunting, harvesting, firearms, alcohol, vehicles, disturbing Native American sites; Pets must be on a leash

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Amenities: Prairie restoration, Native American mounds, forest, and river banks.

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

None

Future Activities:

Hiking (marked trail), bird watching, fishing, & cross country skiing

Handicap Accessibility:

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Directional signage to the site and

a parking area

Prairie restoration, Forest/Savanna Restoration, trails installment, birding platform installment, fishing dock installment, signage, parking lot

Suggested Improvements:

Trail map

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Wards Grove State Nature Preserve Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

East Jo Daviess County

Address:

3334 S. Willow Road Stockton, IL 61085

Distance from:

- Great River Road: 20.3 miles - Highway 20: 2.3 miles

Phone Number: Website: Email:

815-745-3302

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm

dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 338 Acres Description: Wards Grove is the best

“mound forest” remaining in the Driftless Area. Its large size, closed canopy, and position with respect to other regional forested areas, make the Grove a valuable site for sensitive bird species.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific deer gun season.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities:

Forest and parking area

Directional signage from to the site

from Hwy 20

Current Activities:

Hunting, hiking (unmarked trail), and bird watching

Future Activities:

Current Needs:

Hiking (marked trail)

Handicap Accessibility:

Planned Improvements:

Marked hiking trail

Suggested Improvements:

Trail map

No

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Winston Tunnel Recommended

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tourist-Readyâ&#x20AC;? rating:

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Region:

West Jo Daviess County

Address:

2641 S. Blackjack Road Galena, IL 61036

Distance from: - Great River Road: 6.2 miles

Phone Number:

815-745-3302

Website: Email:

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 227 Acres Description: Winston Tunnel is the western

end of abandoned railway tunnel that at the time it closed was the longest tunnel in Illinois (2,493 feet). The tunnel interior is not open to the public, but trails provide access to this wooded property.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round Not open to public hunting

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities:

Forest, trails, train tunnel, and

parking area

Current Activities:

Hiking (unmarked

trail) and bird watching

Future Activities:

Hunting, hiking (marked trail), picnicking and historical experience

Handicap Accessibility:

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No

Current Needs:

None

Planned Improvements:

Registration/

information are at the parking lot.

Suggested Improvements:

Interpretive signs, marked trails, port-a-potty, picnic tables (in clearing area), and provide access and parking on railbed (just east of present parking area) for handicap access

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Witkowsky State Wildlife Area Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

“Tourist-Ready” rating:

when “current needs” are satisfied

Region:

West Jo Daviess County

Address:

4518 S. Blackjack Road Hanover, IL 61041

Distance from: - Great River Road: 5.2 miles

Phone Number:

815-745-3302

Website: Email:

dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/apple.htm dnr.appleriver@illinois.gov

Owner: Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (public) Size: 1,500+ Acres Description: Witkowsky State Wildlife area

is an expansive area with hill prairie and forest terrain with rock outcroppings. This is good site for nature viewing and hunting.

Availability: Restrictions:

Year-Round

No public access during special site specific deer and turkey gun seasons.

Hours: Dawn to dusk Amenities: Forest, prairie restoration, four parking areas, bluebird nesting boxes, and mowed trails

Current Needs:

Current Activities:

Planned Improvements:

Hunting, hiking (unmarked trail), and bird watching

Future Activities:

Picnicking and hiking

(marked trail)

Handicap Accessibility:

No

Directional signage to the site

Addition of shelter at Batey Hollow & Blackjack roads – not funded, hopeful addition to develop 1 additional parking area on the NW corner.

Suggested Improvements:

Establish trails into wooded sections from mowed (fire break) paths. Provide picnic tables and port-a-potty on the southern parking area (make into rest stop). Provide a map.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Golf Courses “Tourist-Ready” rating:

Region:

N. Central Jo Daviess County

Address:

14A200 Canyon Club Dr. Apple River, IL 61001

Distance from:

Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course

Hwy 20 (2.9 mi)

Phone Number: 815-947-3011 Website:

www.applecanyonlake.org

Description:

Difficult 9-Hole course located in the rolling hills of Apple Canyon Lake.

Region:

West Jo Daviess County

Address:

3501 S. Golf Road Stockton, IL 61085

Distance from:

Black Hawk Run Golf Course

Hwy 20 (2.9 mi)

Phone Number: 815-492-2477 Website:

www.blackhawkrun.com

Description:

Challenging 18-hole course set within the rolling hills of Jo Daviess County.

Region:

East Jo Daviess County

Address:

444 Eagle Ridge Dr. Galena, IL 61036

Distance from:

Great River Rd (3.2 mi)

Phone Number:

800-892-2269

Website:

Eagle Ridge Golf Courses (4)

www.eagleridge.com

Description:

Eagle Ridge offers 63-holes of championship golf within four courses.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Golf Courses “Tourist-Ready” rating:

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

11557 W. US Hwy 20 Galena, IL 61036

Distance from:

Galena Golf Club

Great River Rd (0.0 mi)

Phone Number: 815-777-3599 Website:

Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

n/a

n/a

Description:

Eighteen-hole, well maintained

scenic golf course.

Region:

Northwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

8080 Timmerman Dr. East Dubuque, IL 61025

Distance from:

Great River Rd (0.4 mi)

Phone Number: 815-747-3874 Website:

Lacoma Golf Course

n/a

www.lacomagolf.com

Description:

Challenging 18-hole course set within the rolling hills of Jo Daviess County.

Region:

Southwest Carroll County

Address:

5020 Route 84 Thomson, IL 61285

Distance from:

Great River Rd (0.0 mi)

Phone Number:

815-259-8278

Website:

Lynn Wood Links Golf Course

n/a

Description:

A flat 18-hole course that is easy to walk, but does have some challenging holes.

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Appendix B Site Assessments

Golf Courses “Tourist-Ready” rating:

Region:

Northwest Carroll County

Address:

18280 Route 84 Savanna, IL 61074

Distance from:

Recommended

for Inclusion in the Eco-Tourism Map & Marketing Materials

Palisades Golf Course

Great River Rd (0.0 mi)

Phone Number: 815-273-2141 Website:

n/a

Description:

The 9-hole executive length golf course that is fun golf outing for everyone.

Region:

Southwest Jo Daviess County

Address:

2124 W. Storybrook Rd. Hanover, IL 61041

Distance from:

Storybrook Country Club

Great River Rd (0.4 mi)

Phone Number: 815-591-2210 Website:

www.storybrook.com

Description:

Challenging 18-hole course with some of the most beautiful holes in the area.

Region:

Central Carroll County

Address:

3500 E. Center St. Stockton, IL 61085

Distance from:

Hwy 20 (0.0 mi)

Phone Number:

815-858-3939

Website:

Woodbine Bend Golf Course

www.woodbinebend.com

Description: Challenging 18-hole course with moguls, long grasses, and pot bunkers.

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% 25 25 12 0 30 30 15 0 30 30 15 15

TOURIST - READY

ACCESSIBILITY

Two-lane access to parking area One-lane acees to parking area No access PARKING AREA

5 or more parking spaces Less than 5 parking spaces No parking area SIGNAGE Sign on road (both directions) within 1/4 mile IDENTIFIABLE ADDRESS 911 Address

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5 or more parking spaces Less than 5 parking spaces No parking area SIGNAGE Sign on road (both directions) within 1/4 mile IDENTIFIABLE ADDRESS 911 Address

RANKING FOR PROFILE SHEET

100

30 15 0 30 30 15 15

Two-lane access to parking area One-lane acees to parking area No access PARKING AREA

TOTAL SCORE

25 25 12 0 30

ACCESSIBILITY

%

TOURIST - READY

RANKING FOR PROFILE SHEET

100

70

MINIMUM SCORE NEEDED

TOTAL SCORE

% 25 15 30

Two-lane access to parking area Less than 5 parking spaces Sign on road (both directions) w/in 1/4 mile

TOURIST - READY

(PREFERED) MINIMUM SITE AMENITIES

90

85

30 1 0

1

30

1

25

30

27

15 1

1 0

0

1

12

Elmoville Prairie

0

100

East Dubuque

0

0

1 0

1 0

0

ARC-SP (M)

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

ARC-SP

90

85

30 1 0

1

30

1

25

Ferry Landing

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

ARC-SP (S)

90

85

30 1 15 1

1

15

1

25

French Bluff

90

87

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

12

ARC-SP (T)

90

85

30 1 0

1

30

1

25

Frog Pond

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

AR Fort

90

85

30 1 0

1

30

1

25

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Gramercy Park

SITES

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Big Slough

SITES

Galena Trail

70

70

30 1 0

1

15

1

25

Ayers

70

70

15 1

0

1

30

1

25

Hanley Savanna

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Blanding Landing

10

12

0

1 0

0

1

12

Casper Bluff

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Chestnut Mountain

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

0

0

0

1 0

1 0

0

70

70

15 1

0

1

30

1

25

Hanover Bluff Hanover Bluff Haywire Farms NA SNP

30

30

0

0

1

1 30

0

Buehler Preserve

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Ingersoll Center

90

85

30 1 0

1

30

1

25

Depot Park

Appendix C Tourist-Ready Rating

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PAGE 104 % 25 25 12 0 30 30 15 0 30 30 15 15

TOURIST - READY

ACCESSIBILITY

Two-lane access to parking area One-lane acees to parking area No access PARKING AREA

5 or more parking spaces Less than 5 parking spaces No parking area SIGNAGE Sign on road (both directions) within 1/4 mile IDENTIFIABLE ADDRESS 911 Address

25 12 0 30 30 15 0 30 30 15 15

Two-lane access to parking area One-lane acees to parking area No access PARKING AREA

5 or more parking spaces Less than 5 parking spaces No parking area SIGNAGE Sign on road (both directions) within 1/4 mile IDENTIFIABLE ADDRESS 911 Address

RANKING FOR PROFILE SHEET

100

25

ACCESSIBILITY

TOTAL SCORE

%

TOURIST - READY

RANKING FOR PROFILE SHEET

100

70

MINIMUM SCORE NEEDED

TOTAL SCORE

% 25 15 30

Two-lane access to parking area Less than 5 parking spaces Sign on road (both directions) w/in 1/4 mile

TOURIST - READY

(PREFERED) MINIMUM SITE AMENITIES

100

100

100

30 1 15 1

30 1 15 1

100

1

30

30 1

1

25

1

25

T. Causeway RA

100

90

Tapley Woods

100

30 1 15 1

30 1 0

85

1

30

30 1

1

25

Longhollow S. Overlook

1

25

Lock & Dam 13

10

20

15

15 1

0

12

1 0

1 0

0

Wapello Land

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Marquette Park

1 0

0

1

12

T-F Sand Prairie

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Lost Mound

70

70

15 1

0

1

30

1

25

Wards Grove

60

55

0

0

1

30

1

25

Mickelson Landing

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Winston Tunnel

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Pallisades SP

70

70

15 1

0

1

30

1

25

Witkowsky

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Rall Woods

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Rec. Park

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Savanna Marina

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Schurmeier Forest

100

100

30 1 15 1

1

30

1

25

Shenandoah RC

90

85

30 1 0

1

30

1

25

Spring Lake

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Wards Grove State Nature Preserve Woodbine Bend Golf Course Black Hawk Run Golf Course

Stockton, IL

Witkowsky State Wildlife Area Blanding Landing Recreational Area Hanover Bluff State Natural Area Hanover Bluff State Nature Preserve Hanley Savanna Storybrook Country Club Wapello Land & Water Reserve Rall Woods (formerly Falling Down Prairie)

Hanover, IL

* (T) Tour; (CC) Cross Country; (DH) Downhill; (M) Marked

DNR Public Public

DNR USACE DNR DNR PrairIe Enthus. Public JDCF DNR

Tapley Woods Longhollow Scenic Overlook Apple River Fort State Historical Site Schurmeier Forest

DNR DOT State JDCF

Elizabeth, IL

Galena, IL

Galena Golf Club Recreational Park Depot Park Buelher Preserve Galena River Trail Ferry Landing Casper Bluff Shenandoah Riding Center Eagle Ridge Golf Courses (4) Haywire Farms Winston Tunnel Chestnut Mountain

Public City City JDCF City USACE JDCF Private Public Private DNR Private

(815) 747-3095 (815) 747-3095 (815) 747-3874

(815) 745-3302 (815) 745-3302 (815) 745-3302 (815) 947-3011

Phone #

(815) 745-3302 (800) 747-9377 (815) 858-2028 (815) 858-9100

3334 S. Willow Road 3500 E. Center St. 3501 S. Golf Road

(815) 745-3302 (815) 858-3939 (815) 492-2477

4518 S. Blackjack Road (815) 745-3302 5720 River Road (563) 582-0881 8995 S. Hanover Hill Road (815) 745-3302 Hanover Hill Rd. & Whitton Rd. (815) 745-3302 9417 Whitton Road (815) 947-2287 2124 W. Storybrook Rd. (815) 591-2210 8642 Illinois Route 84 South (815) 858-9100 8643 Illinois Route 84 South (815) 745-3302

3742 US Route 20 West Highway 84 311 E. Myrtle Street 147 E. Reush Road

11557 W. US Hwy 20 (815) 777-3599 Stagecoach Trail & Field St. (815) 777-1050 Park Ave. & Bouthillier St. (815) 777-1050 Meeker St. & Claude St. (815) 858-9100 Park Ave. & Bouthillier St. (815) 777-1050 end of Ferry Landing Road (563) 582-0881 874 S. Pilot Knob Road (815) 858-9100 200 N. Brodrecht Road (815) 777-2373 444 Eagle Ridge Dr. (800) 892-2269 4543 W. Longhollow Road (815) 777-0261 2641 S. Blackjack Road (815) 745-3302 8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Rd(815) 777-1230

341 Gramercy Street 2nd St. & Menominee Ave. 8080 Timmerman Dr.

East Dubuque, IL

Gramercy Park East Dubuque Boat Launch Lacoma Golf Course

Address 8763 E. Canyon Road 1573 N. Scout Camp Road 1205 N. Salem Road 14A200 Canyon Club Dr.

Apple River, IL

Apple River Canyon State Park Apple River Canyon State Park - Thompson Apple River Canyon State Park - Salem Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course

Site

City City Public

DNR DNR DNR Public

Owner

T

RECREATIONAL GUIDE

DH

CC

CC

M

M

M

M

M

Activities*

Appendix D Recreational Guide

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Mickelson's Landing Lock & Dam 13 Thomson-Fulton Sand Prairie

* (T) Tour; (CC) Cross Country; (DH) Downhill; (M) Marked

USFWS USACE DNR

Fulton, IL

Lynn Wood Links Golf Course Ingersol Wetlands Center (Marsh Overlook) Big Slough Recreational Area French Bluff Thomson Causeway Recreational Area

Public USFWS USACE DNR USACE

Thomson, IL

Point Rock Park Smooth Gait Ranch

Mt. Carroll, IL

Lost Mound Unit Mississippi Palisades State Park Palisades Golf Course Marquette Park Frog Pond Spring Lake Wildlife Refuge Old Mill Park Savanna Marina Ayers Sand Prairie Nature Preserve

Site

City Private

USFWS DNR Public City USFWS USFWS City City DNR

Owner

Phone #

End of Riverfront Drive 4900 Lock Road Riverfront Dr. & Railroad Ln.

5020 Route 84 7701 Riverview Road 5836 Riverview Road 2911 Scenic Bluff Road Lewis Avenue & Main Street

Mill Street 16216 Polsgrove Rd.

(815) 273-2732 (815) 259-3628 (815) 244-3655

(815) 259-8278 (815) 273-2732 (815) 259-3628 (815) 273-2731 (815) 259-3628

(815) 244-2255 (815) 244-2699

3159 Crim Drive (815) 273-3184 16327a Highway 84 (815) 273-2731 18280 Route 84 (815) 273-2141 Wayne King Dr. & Randolph St (815) 273-4487 Doty Road & Highway 84 (815) 273-2732 1/2 mile of Doty Rd. & Hwy 84 (815) 273-2732 9621 US Hwy 52 (815) 273-4549 1 Main Street (815) 273-2955 Airport Rd. & Spring Lake Rd. (815) 244-3655

Address

A

A&D

RECREATIONAL GUIDE

T

M

M

M

Activities*

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Appendix E Birding List

BIRDING LIST SITES

# of Ref.

RESOURCE

TYPE OF BIRDS

On the Mississippi (Jo Daviess County) East Dubuque Boat Launch

0

---

No information available

Ferry Landing

0

---

No information available

www.americanbirdcenter.com Blanding Landing Recreational Area

2 IDNR-Birding in Illinois* Audubon**

Listed Great Blue Herons; Waterfowl during migration; eagles during winter; shorebird activity during late summer and early autumn

Thomson Causway

1

Recreational Park

0

---

No information available

Gramercy Park

0

---

No information available

Buehler Preserve

0

---

No information available

Depot Park/Galena Boat Launch

0

---

No information available

Galena River Trail

0

Chestnut Mountain

1

--Audubon**

Winston Tunnel

0

Migrating waterfowl; Tree Swallows in summer; concentrations of migrating swallows in August; Horned and Eared grebes during migration.

Within 4 miles of the Mississippi (Jo Daviess County)

--Transcontenintal Bluebird Trail

Witkowsky State Wildlife Area

2

Audubon**

Casper Bluff

0

---

Hanley Savanna

0

--Audubon**

Hanover Bluff State Nature Preserve

3

IDNR-Site Description Wild Birds Unlimited, Galena

No information available Raptor migration during the fall. No information available Listed Wild Turkeys, Cooper's Hawks, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Field Sparrows, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, and a variety of other songbirds. No information available No information available Raptor migration and upland forest birds Bald eagle, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush Habitats for Bald Eagle, Scarlet Tanager and Wood Thrush.

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area

0

---

No information available

Wapello Land & Water Reserve

0

---

No information available

Rall Woods

0

---

No information available

Beyond 4 miles of the Mississippi (Jo Daviess County) Audubon** Tapley Woods Conservation

3

Schurmeier Forest

0

www.americanbirdcenter.com Wild Birds Unlimited, Galena ---

Apple River Canyon S.P. - Salem

0

Listed Ovenbirds, thrushes, tanagers, vireos, and warblers all enjoy the area in the spring and summer No information available

www.americanbirdcenter.com

Listed

Wild Birds Unlimited, Galena

In early May, 15 to 18 species of warbler can be found here. Roughwinged, Cliff, and Barn Swallows are common in summer. Pileated Woodpeckers call the park home. Ovenbirds, Ruffed Grouse, American Redstarts, Scarlet Tanagers, Great Crested Flycatchers can be seen. Spotted Sandpipers like the streams. Great-horned Owls, Long-eared Owls and Short-eared is present in the winter. Crossbills and Northern Shrike also visit in winter.

2

Apple River Canyon State Park

Scarlet Tanagers, American Redstarts, Pileated Woodpekers, Wild Turkeys, Whip-poor-wills, Acadian Flycatchers, and others; migrating songbirds durnig spring and fall.

---

Apple River Canyon S.P. - Thompson

1

Wild Birds Unlimited, Galena

Apple River Canyon S.P. - Mckeague

0

---

No information available In early May, 15 to 18 species of warbler can be found here. Roughwinged, Cliff, and Barn Swallows are common in summer. Pileated Woodpeckers call the park home. Ovenbirds, Ruffed Grouse, American Redstarts, Scarlet Tanagers, Great Crested Flycatchers can be seen. Spotted Sandpipers like the streams. Great-horned Owls, Long-eared Owls and Short-eared is present in the winter. Crossbills and Northern Shrike also visit in winter. No information available

* source: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Education/birding_in_illinois/index.htm ** source: Audubon pamphlet

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Appendix E Birding List

BIRDING LIST # of Ref.

SITES

RESOURCE

TYPE OF BIRDS

Beyond 4 miles of the Mississippi (Jo Daviess County) IDNR-Site Description

Acadian Flycatcher, Ovenbird, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Pileated Woodpecker, and black/white warbler.

Wards Grove State Nature Preserve

2

Elmoville Prairie

0

---

No information available

Apple River Fort State Historical Site Longhollow Scenic Overlook

0 1

--www.americanbirdcenter.com

No information available Listed

Wild Birds Unlimited, Galena

See and hear Veery. Horned Larks and Northern Harriers fly nearby.

Haywire Farms

0

---

No information available

Shenandoah Riding Center

0

---

No information available

On the Mississippi (Carroll County) Lost Mound Unit

1

Audubon**

Audobon** IDNR-Birding in Illinois*

Mississippi Palisades State Park

3

Wild Birds Unlimited, Galena Frog Pond

0

--Audubon**

Spring Lake Wildlife Refuge

3

IDNR-Birding in Illinois*

Wild Birds Unlimited, Galena

One of the best birding areas in the region. All types of waterbirds, warblers, and songbirds and also grassland species. Variety of songbirds; Kentucky, Hooded, and Yellow-throated Warblers; Raptors and thrushes during migration. Forest species, hawks, migrants, owls, warblers Bald eagles might be spotted, especially in spring and fall. Turkey Vultures are abundant spring through fall. Mecca for migrating warblers in spring, including Northern Parula, Cerulean and Blackpoll Warblers. Yellow-throated, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers are said to nest here. Worm-eating Warblers are a possibility on the damp slopes. Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, thrushes and flycatchers are numerous. No information available Observing swans and other waterfowl; especially during hunting season Bald eagles, cormorants, ducks, geese, egrets, herons, bitterns, hawks, loons, grebes, migrants, rails, coots, moorhens, shorebirds, terns, and gulls Waterfowl; early spring, impressive numbers of ducks rest/feed here; very early mornings Sandhill Cranes might be seen migrating overhead; Belted Kingfishers, Red-shouldered Hawks and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are possibilities; White Pelicans may be visible and a pair of Mute swans have nested here for several years.

Ingersol Wetlands Learning Cntr/Marsh

0

---

No information available

Marquette Park

0

---

No information available

Savanna Marina

0

---

No information available

Big Slough Recreational Area

0

---

No information available

Within 4 miles of the Mississippi (Carroll County) Audubon** Ayer's Prairie

2

French Bluff

0

IDNR-Site Description ---

Grasshopper Sparrows and Field Sparrows Upland Sandpiper, Loggerhead Shrike, Western Meadowlark, Dickcissel No information available

On the Mississippi (Whiteside County) Audubon** Lock and Dam 13 &Thomson Sand Prairie

2 IDNR-Birding in Illinois*

Mickelson's Landing

0

---

Migrating waterfowl; Tree Swallows in summer; concentrations of migrating swallows in August; Cormorant colony on the Iowa side of the Mississippi. Bald eagles, cormorants, ducks, geese, egrets, herons, bitterns, hawks, loons, grebes, migrants, rails, coots, moorhens, shorebirds, terns, and gulls No information available

* source: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Education/birding_in_illinois/index.htm ** source: Audubon pamphlet

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Appendix F Preliminary Logos

Abstract - Brand Name only

Strengths

Strengths • • • •

• Legible • Iconic • Reproducible in a two-color format

Weaknesses • • • •

Legible Evokes the varying landscapes Iconic Flexible with “brand” name

Weaknesses

Maybe too abstract Does not represent site activities No flexibility with “brand” name Does not evoke the landscapes

Committee Comments: • None

• Maybe too abstract • Does not represent site activities • Not easily reproducible in a two-color format

Committee Comments: • None

Strengths • • • •

Legible Evokes some of the landscapes Iconic Reproducible in a two-color format

Weaknesses • Does not represent site activities • Less flexible with “brand” name • Does not evoke all the landscapes

Committee Comments: • Logo not recognizable without text

Abstract - Brand Name & Activities

Strengths • Legible • Iconic • Reproducible in a two-color format • Represents the site activities

Weaknesses • Maybe to abstract • No flexibility with “brand” name • Does not evoke the landscapes

Committee Comments: • Use the standard activity icons

Strengths • Evokes some of the landscapes • Iconic • Reproducible in a two-color format

Weaknesses • Less legible • Less flexible with “brand” name • Does not evoke all the landscapes

Committee Comments: • Logo not recognizable without text • Use the standard activity icons

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Appendix F Preliminary Logos

Representational - Brand Name & Activities

Strengths

Strengths • • • •

Evokes some of the landscapes Flexible with “brand” name Represents the site activities Iconic

• Evokes the varying landscapes • Flexible with “brand” name • Represents the site activities

Weaknesses Weaknesses • Only legible at a specific scale • Does not evoke all the landscapes • Not easily reproducible in a two-color format • Similar to other logos used within the area

Committee Comments: • • • •

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Too busy Not recognizable without text Too similar to existing logos Use artwork, rather than photos

• Only legible at a specific scale • Not easily reproducible in a two-color format • Similar to other logos used within the area

Committee Comments: • • • •

Too busy Not recognizable without text Too similar to existing logos Use artwork, rather than photos

Strengths • Evokes some of the landscapes • Flexible with “brand” name • Represents the site activities

Weaknesses • Does not evoke all the landscapes • Not easily reproducible in a two-color format • Oddly-shaped

Committee Comments: • Use artwork, rather than photos • Not recognizable without text • Not iconic

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Appendix G Final Draft Logos

Alternative One

Alternative Four

Alternative Two

Alternative Five

Alternative Three

Alternative Six

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Appendix H Network Sign Locations

NETWORK CLUSTER SIGNS - HWY 84 North-Bound

South-Bound

A. Penrose Road (1/4 mile s. of intersection) Thomson/Fulton Sand Prairie Mickelson's Landing Lock & Dam 13 Thomson Causeway RA French Bluff

K. Covell Road (1/4 mile s. of interesection) Distance 2.5 mi. 2.7 mi. 3.2 mi. 6.2 mi. 8.0 mi.

B. Argo Fay Road (1/4 mile s. of intersection) French Bluff Lynn Woods Links Golf Course Big Slough RA Ingersol Wetlands Center (Marsh Overlook) Ayers Sand Prairie

Distance 2.7 mi. 3.3 mi. 5.2 mi. 6.5 mi. 7.2 mi.

C. Riverview Road (1/4 mile s. of intersection) Ayers Sand Prairie Spring Lake Wildlife Area Frog Pond Old Mill Park Point Rock Park

Distance 1.7 mi. 2.6 mi. 2.8 mi. 5.2 mi. 13.6 mi.

D. Pike Street (1/4 mile w. of interesection) Savanna Marina Marquette Park Mississippi Palisades Palisades Golf Course

Distance 0.9 mi. 3.4 mi. 4.4 mi. 4.4 mi. 6.0 mi.

G. Blackjack Road (1/4 mile s. of intersection) Witkowsky State Wildlife Area Longhollow Scenic Overlook Chestnut Mountain Resort Winston Tunnel Blanding Landing Recreational Area

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J. 3 Mile Road (1/4 mile s. of intersection) Thomson Causeway Recreational Area Thomson/Fulton Sand Prairie Mickelson's Landing Lock & Dam 13

Distance 3.4 mi. 8.2 mi. 8.4 mi. 8.7 mi.

I. Power Lab Road (1/4 mile s. of intersection) Ayers Sand Prairie Nature Preserve Ingersoll Wetlands Center (Marsh Overlook) Lynn Woods Links Golf Course Big Slough Rectional Area French Bluff

Distance 0.8 mi. 2.4 mi. 3.7 mi. 5.2 mi. 7.8 mi.

Old Mill Park Frog Pond Spring Lake Wildlife Refuge Ayers Sand Prairie Nature Preserve Point Rock Park

Distance 1.1 mi. 1.4 mi. 1.9 mi. 3.5 mi. 9.5 mi.

G. Marcus Road (1/4 mile n. of intersection) Distance 2.5 mi. 5.7 mi. 8.7 mi. 8.8 mi. 10.0 mi.

F. Storybrook Road (1/4 mile s. of intersection) Wapello Land & Water Reserve Hanover Bluff State Natural Area Hanley Savanna Hanover Bluff State Nature Preserve Schurmeier Forest

Distance 2.4 mi. 2.6 mi. 2.9 mi.

H. Hwy 84/52 Junction (1/8 mile w. of junction) Distance 0.9 mi. 1.8 mi. 4.8 mi. 7.2 mi.

E. Marina Road (1/4 mile s. of intersection) Palisades Golf Course Lost Mound Rall Woods Storybrook Country Club Wapello Land & Water Reserve

Thomson/Fulton Sand Prairie Mickelson's Landing Lock & Dam 13

Distance 5.6 mi. 5.9 mi. 8.8 mi. 9.1 mi. 13.1 mi.

Mississippi Palisades State Park Marquette Park Savanna Marina Old Mill Park Smooth Gait Ranch

Distance 2.4 mi. 5.6 mi. 6.3 mi. 8.4 mi. 13.6 mi.

F. Hanover City Limits Storybrook Country Club Rall Woods Lost Mound National Wildlife Refuge Palisades Golf Course Mississippi Palisades State Park

Distance 1.2 mi. 6.2 mi. 6.8 mi. 7.0 mi. 9.3 mi.

E. Blackjack Road (1/4 mile n. of intersection) Wapello Land & Water Reserve Hanover Bluff State Natural Area Storybrook Country Club Hanover Bluff State Nature Preserve Hanley Savanna

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Distance 1.7 mi. 2.1 mi. 2.9 mi. 3.0 mi. 3.2 mi.

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Appendix H Network Sign Locations

NETWORK CLUSTER SIGNS - HWY 20/84 West-Bound

East-Bound

H. Headquarters Rd (1/4 mile e. of intersection) Distance 0.9 mi. 2.7 mi. 6.0 mi. 7.2 mi. 8.0 mi.

Longhollow Scenic Overlook Tapley Woods Haywire Farms Shenandoah Riding Center Eagle Ridge Golf Courses

I. Powder Hill Road (1/4 mile e. of intersection) Distance 1.6 mi. 2.1 mi. 2.6 mi. 4.5 mi. 5.5 mi.

Depot Park & River Trail Buelher Preserve Recreational Park Ferry Landing Casper Bluff

J. Chetlain Lane (1/4 mile e. of intersection)

Apple River Fort State Historical Site Witkowsky State Wildlife Area Chestnut Mountain Winston Tunnel Blanding Landing Recreational Area

Distance 4.9 mi. 11.9 mi. 12.1 mi. 12.7 mi. 13.0 mi.

C. Powder Hill Road (1/4 mile w. of intersection) Eagle Ridge Golf Courses Haywire Farms Shenandoah Riding Center Tapley Woods Longhollow Scenic Overlook

Distance 5.2 mi. 6.7 mi. 8.2 mi. 8.2 mi. 10.2 mi.

B. Chetlain Lane (1/4 mile w. of intersection) Distance 1.3 mi. 12.1 mi. 12.4 mi. 13.0 mi.

Galena Golf Club Lacoma Golf Club East Dubuque Boat Launch Gramercy Park

D. Headquarters Rd (1/4 mile w. of intersection)

Buehler Preserve Depot Park & River Trail Recreational Park Ferry Landing Casper Bluff

Distance 1.9 mi. 2.3 mi. 2.4 mi. 4.1 mi. 7.4 mi.

NETWORK CLUSTER SIGNS - HWY 20 West-Bound

East-Bound

K. Jo Daviess County line Wards Grove State Nature Preserve Blackhawk Run Golf Club Apple River Canyon State Park ARC-SP: Thompson & Salem Units Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course

A. Over 3rd Street (near bridge) Distance 3.2 mi. 7.2 mi. 12.4 mi. 15.5 mi. 18.0 mi.

L. Evans Road (1/4 mile e. of intersection) Woodbine Bend Golf Course ARC-SP: Thompson & Salem Units Apple River Fort State Historical Site Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course Schurmeier Forest

Distance 0.6 mi. 1.4 mi. 2.0 mi.

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Distance 0.5 mi. 1.0 mi. 1.1 mi. 11.0 mi. 13.7 mi.

L. East Road (1/2 mile e. of interesection) Distance 1.8 mi. 5.7 mi. 6.1 mi. 7.5 mi. 7.5 mi.

M. Camillus Drive (1/4 mile e. of intersection) Lacoma Golf Club East Dubuque Boat Launch Gramercy Park

East Dubuque Public Ramp Gramercy Park Lacoma Golf Course Galena Golf Club Buehler Preserve

Woodbine Bend Golf Course Schurmeier Forest Apple River Canyon State Park-Thompson Apple River Canyon Lake Golf Course Apple River Canyon State Park-Salem

Distance 3.4 mi. 4.7 mi. 8.9 mi. 12.2 mi. 12.4 mi.

M. Scout Camp Rd (1/4 mile e. of intersection) Black Hawk Run Golf Course Apple River Canyon State Park Wards Grove State Nature Preserve

7.7 mi. 11.4 mi. 12.5 mi.

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RIVERS TO RIDGES: NORTHWEST ILLINOIS RECREATION NETWORK


N Y

Both Both Both Both Both Both North South

Recreational Park

Depot Park

Buelher Preserve Galena River Trail

Galena Golf Club

Ferry Landing

RIVERS TO RIDGES: NORTHWEST ILLINOIS RECREATION NETWORK Y Y Y Y Y Y

North South North South North South

Both

N Y

North South

Rall Woods

Y

South

Both

N

North

Storybrook Country Club

Y

Y

N

N

N

North South

Both

Y

South

Wapello Land & Water Reserve

Hanley Savanna

Hanover Bluff State N.P.

Hanover Bluff State N.A.

Blanding Landing R.A.

Witkowsky State Wildlife Area

Chestnut Mountain

Y N

Both

Haywire Farms

Y

Y

N

N N

N

N

Y Y

North

Shenandoah Riding Center

Wintston Tunnel

Both Both

Eagle Ridge Golf Courses (4)

Casper Bluff

N

Both Both

Apple River Canyon S.P. (S) Apple Canyon Lake G.C.

Y

Both

Apple River Canyon S.P. (T)

Y

T.O.D. PERMITTED

Both

DIR.

Apple River Canyon S.P.

SITE

W. Rush Rd.

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W. Whitton Rd.

Dayton Ave.

W. Whitton Rd.

Dayton Ave.

W. Whitton Rd.

S. Hanover Hill Rd.

--W. Saw Mill Rd.

W. Saw Mill Rd.

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W. Saw Mill Rd.

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W. Saw Mill Rd.

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Territory Dr.

Territory Dr.

Territory Dr.

S. Blackjack Rd.

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S. Scout Camp Rd. S. Scout Camp Rd.

S. Scout Camp Rd.

S. Canyon Park Road

RECOMMEMDED INTERSECTION

1

0

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0

1

0

2

1

0

--3

1

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Hanover, IL

2

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1

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1

1

0

1

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1 1 Galena, IL

0

0

Apple River, IL

# OF TRAILBLAZER SIGNS

S. Airhart Rd

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S. Hanover Hill Rd.

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S. Hanover Hill & S. Whitton

S. Hanover Hill Rd.

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--Blackjack, Blanding, & River

Blackjack Rd.

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Blackjack Rd. & S. Blanding

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Blackjack Rd.

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W. Long Hollow Rd.

W. Long Hollow Rd.

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S. Pilot Knob Rd.

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Schapville Rd. E. Lake Road Number 3

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RECOMMENED INTERSECTIONS

HIGHWAY SIGNAGE

84

84

84

84

84

84

84

84

84

20/84 84

84

20/84

84

20/84

84

20/84

20/84

20/84

84

20/84

20/84

20/84

20/84 20/84

20/84

20/84

20 20

20

20

HWY

Access from Hwy

Access from Hwy

Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people

Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people

Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people

Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people

Signage already exists within development

Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people

Intersects at West St. (becomes Ferry Landing Rd.)

Access from Hwy

Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people

Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people

Galena has a population higher than 2,500 people

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Appendix I -

Highway Sign Locations

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Ingersol Wetlands Center

Big Slough R.A.

French Bluff

Both

Both

Smooth Gait Ranch

Thomson/Fulton Sand Prairie

Both

Point Rock Park

Both

Both

Ayers Sand Prairie N.P.

Mickelson's Landing

Both

Spring Lake Wildlife Refuge

Both

Both

Savanna Marina

Lock & Dam 13

Both

Frog Pond

Both

Both

Old Mill Park

Both

Both

Marquette Park

Thomson Causeway R.A.

Both

Palisades Golf Course

Lynn Woods Links G.C.

Both Both

Mississippi Palisades S.P.

Both

Wards Grove State N.P.

Lost Mound Unit

Both Both

Woodbine Bend G.C.

Both

Lacoma Golf Club

Black Hawk Run G.C.

Both Both

East Dubuque Boat Launch

RIVERS TO RIDGES: NORTHWEST ILLINOIS RECREATION NETWORK Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

South

Gramercy Park

Y Y

Both

Apple River Fort

N

N

T.O.D. PERMITTED

North

Both

Longhollow Scenic Overlook

Schurmeier Forest

Both

DIR.

Tapley Woods

SITE

Lock Rd.

Lock Rd.

Lock Rd.

W. Main St.

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1 Mile Rd.

4 Mile Rd.

Riverview Road

Scenic Ridge Route

Mill Road

Airport Rd.

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Army Depot Rd.

S. Willow Rd.

E. Center Rd.

E. Center Rd.

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Sinsinawa Ave.

Beecher St.

W. Hanover Rd.

S. Deninda Rd.

E. Myrtle St.

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RECOMMEMDED INTERSECTION

0

1

1

0

Fulton, IL

0

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1

0

0

Thomson, IL

3

0

Mt. Carroll, IL

0

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0

Savanna, IL

0

0

1

Stockton, IL

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1

S. Tower & E. Ruesch

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RECOMMENED INTERSECTIONS

Railroad Ln.

Railroad Ln.

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Scenic Bluff Rd.

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Zion, Elizabeth, & Polsgrove

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S. Golf Road

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2nd St.

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S. Pleasant Hill Rd. & E. Ruesch

East Dubuque, IL

2

1

0

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Elizabeth, IL

# OF TRAILBLAZER SIGNS

HIGHWAY SIGNAGE

84

84

84

84

84

84

84

84

84

52/64

84

84

52/64

84

52/64

52/64

84

84

84

20

20

78

20

20/35

35

84

20

20

20/84

20/84

HWY

Access from Hwy

Issues with being bike path?

Issues with being bike path?

Access from Hwy

Access from Hwy

Savanna has a population higher than 2,500 people

Access from Hwy

Savanna has a population higher than 2,500 people

Savanna has a population higher than 2,500 people

Access from Hwy

Access from Hwy

Access from Hwy

Access from Hwy

NOTES

Appendix I -

Highway Sign Locations


Appendix J Signage Map

Highway Signage - Northbound/Westbound

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Appendix J Signage Map

Highway Signage - Southbound/Eastbound

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RIVERS TO RIDGES: NORTHWEST ILLINOIS RECREATION NETWORK


Appendix K Regions Map

Network Regions Map

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