Jack Spears and his sons David and Austin want people to love the Illinois River as much as they do, so they placed their resort's expansive camping, RV, and cabin grounds on the bank in positions that allow boarders to appreciate the scenery year-round. In the summer, their General Store's ice-cream fountain pours nonstop as river-goers take a rest in the shop's shade. The resort boasts year-round security to preserve campers' gear and scare off loitering snowmen in the winter. The staff also doles out dry goods, supplies, and groceries to campers or families staying in the manors of Pine Valley Retreat throughout the year.
Since 1969, the nature enthusiasts of Eagle Bluff Resort have supplied visitors with watercraft for floats down the Illinois River's gentle Class I to II waters. Since taking over the resort in 1985, the Bennett family has continued renting a fleet of vessels that encompasses two- to eight-person rafts, sit-on-top kayaks, two- and three-man 17-foot Osagian canoes, and tubes for both daytime and overnight trips. After crews take guests to the launch points, the river's steady channel lets parties float back to the resort at their own pace. Along the way, wildlife such as turtles and fish may appear for photo opportunities and autograph signings. Upon returning to the resort, onsite facilities, including a snack bar, showers, and sand volleyball court, reacclimatize visitors back to civilization. Lodging options include campgrounds and six air-conditioned cabins.