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Spring Valley is located on the banks of the Illinois River. It features Barto Landing, a deep lagoon for launching from the ramps and is the only calm-water public access to the Illinois River for forty miles. For more than 27 years it has been the first stop on the Cabela’s MWC Tournament Schedule, the biggest Walleye competition in the state, drawing fishermen from all over the United States. In addition to the MWC, several other fishing tournaments are held here annually. The landing also offers free public access for excellent boating, fishing and water sport opportunities.
Spring Valley also offers several other recreational opportunities including Spring Creek Golf Course; Echo Bluff Nature & Recreational Area; two indoor shooting ranges; an indoor archery range; and several public parks. An annual Outdoors Expo highlights its local and regional supporting businesses and provides family entertainment and activities.
Visitors can also enjoy learning about the town’s local, coal, business and cultural history at the Spring Valley Historic Association Museum or dine in one of its several unique establishments offering a variety of American and cultural entrees. Another special stop should be the Illinois Valley Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall, located at Uncle Stewy’s RoadHouse in Spring Valley. The wall was put in place as a memorial tribute to those bikers who have passed.
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