Lake Galena

and Marina Complex

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One of The Galena Territory's most cherished amenities is Lake Galena, a scenic 225-acre man-made lake perfect for anglers and boaters who enjoy observing nature on leisurely cruises. It boasts some of the best fishing in the area, with an abundance of smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, bluegill, channel catfish, perch and tiger muskie. The lake is primarily spring-fed and has a spillway at one end creating a beautiful 40-foot waterfall called Thunder Bay Falls.

Be sure to watch for its many feathered friends… eagles, owls, ospreys, blue herons, ducks and wild turkeys. Wildlife, in addition to the abundant fish and turtles, often includes white tail deer, red fox, beavers and muskrats.

Association members may dock their own boat at one of the Marina's numerous slips, or members and their guests can rent a boat and purchase fishing supplies at the Bait & Tackle Shop. The Marina Park Complex also has a picnic pavilion, tennis courts, pickleball courts and kids' playground for other land-based activities.

Boat Storage/Docking Application     Creel Census Form

*An amenity card and parking pass are required to access all GTA facilities and common properties (Lake Galena, Owners' Club Complex, Greenspace & Trails and both of The Territory refuse centers).

Marina Reservations

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Boat rental
Boats available for rent include pontoons, fishing boats and single and tandem kayaks. Reservations are suggested to ensure availability. All motorized rental boat operators must be 18 years of age and are required to watch a short instructional video at rentalboatsafety.com A valid driver's license and a GTA proximity card, GTA guest pass or guest identification from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is also required. Reserve your boat by clicking on the link below or call the Bait shop at 815-777-2012 during our normal operating hours.
Rates:
Pontoon
$50/hr
Fishing Boat
$25/hr
Kayak
$15/hr
Fishing Pole
$10/day
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Half Off Rentals
Lake Galena Marina has half off all rental boats Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. How about a day rate for $300 or a half day rate for $150? Weekends and holidays are excluded from these great offers and we recommend you make reservations to ensure we can meet your needs by calling the Bait Shop at 815-777-2012.
Pickleball at the Lake
A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Players use special paddles and a wiffle ball, and games take place on courts with specific pickleball lines. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option. It has its own set of quirky rules — for instance, try to stay out of the “kitchen”— but they’re easy to learn.
Fishing licenses
Even though Lake Galena is a private lake, it is still governed by the state of Illinois and a fishing license is required for all anglers with the following exceptions: persons under 16 years of age, persons declared legally disabled or blind or persons from Illinois on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. These requirements are strictly enforced by GTA Security and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

All Illinois fishing licenses must either be purchased online or must be printed on an IDNR electronic terminal. The GTA has an IDNR electronic terminal at the Marina. Fishing licenses are available at the Marina during regular business hours.

Anyone without access to a computer may purchase a license online using one of the guest computers at the Owners’ Club. To purchase an online Illinois fishing license go to http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/fishing.
Live bait
What’s a Marina without bait? The Bait & Tackle Shop sells night crawlers, wax worms, leeches and minnows. Anglers are asked to purchase bait only from certified suppliers or at the GTA Marina to reduce the threat of introducing invasive species into Lake Galena. This action has been recognized as a necessary inconvenience to ensure the protection of one of The Galena Territory’s most magnificent and cherished amenities.