Lake Galena (Illinois)

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Lake Galena
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Location Jo Daviess County, Illinois, U.S.
Coordinates 42°24′26″N 90°20′30″W / 42.40722°N 90.34167°W / 42.40722; -90.34167Coordinates: 42°24′26″N 90°20′30″W / 42.40722°N 90.34167°W / 42.40722; -90.34167
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Smallpox Creek
Primary outflows Smallpox Creek
Catchment area 10,340 acres (41.8 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Surface area 220 acres (89 ha)[1]
Shore length1 7 mi (11 km)
Surface elevation 715 ft (218 m)[2]
Settlements Galena
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Galena is a reservoir in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, located near Galena.[1][3]


The lake formed following the damming of Smallpox Creek in 1974.[1] Smallpox Creek is one of many tributaries of the Mississippi River.


Lake Galena receives its water from a watershed about 10,591 acres (42.9 km²) in size and is located at an elevation of about 710 feet (218 m).[1][2] It encompasses an area of 225 acres (89 ha) and with 7 miles (11.3 km) of shoreline.[1] It is located within a private development of Galena known as the Galena Territory.


The lake is mostly used for recreational purposes including boating and fishing. The lake is managed by a non-profit corporation, The Galena Territory Association, who manages a marina located on the east end of the lake.[1][4] The eighth hole on the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa's North golf course crosses a small inlet of the lake.[5]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Shirk, M. (1995). Super Family Vacations, 3rd Edition: Resort and Adventure Guide. New York: HarperResource.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. (Unknown last update). Mississippi North River Watershed. Retrieved June 22, 2007, from
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Galena Lake. Retrieved June 24, 2007
  3. ^ Brainy Geography. (2007). Galena Lake Illinois. Retrieved June 22, 2007, from
  4. ^ Galena Territory Association. (2007, June 18). Lake Galena & Marina. Retrieved June 22, 2007, from
  5. ^ Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. (Unknown last update). North Course. Retrieved June 22, 2007, from