Apple River Canyon State Park

Apple River Canyon State Park is in the hilly northwest corner of Illinois in Jo Daviess County near the Wisconsin border. Limestone bluffs, deep ravines, springs, streams and wildlife characterize this area. Once a part of a vast sea bottom that stretched from the Alleghenies to the Rockies, the scenic canyon area was formed by the action of the winding waters of the Apple River.

8763 E. Canyon Road, Stockton, IL

Local Architecture

The Village of Stockton boasts a wide array of eclectic and beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings. Peter "Pete" Schroeder, was the primary architect of many downtown buildings, including the Masonic Temple (now Hartig Drug), the W.E. White Building (Stella's Cafe and Catering), and the Kringle Building, now Beautifully Berkeley. Schroeder had very little formal training, but nevertheless designed these buildings to follow the Queen Anne style of architecture. Distinctive elements of the Queen Anne style of architecture include colorful paint jobs, turrets, decorative gables, extensive motifs, oriole bay windows, and delightfully detailed interiors. One of Schroeder's buildings, the W.E. White Building, (currently Stella's Cafe and Catering), is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was added there in 1997.

Stella's Café - 1890s building on National Historical Registry

Open every day for breakfast and lunch, serving homemade breads, salad dressings, soups, etc. Seasonally, on Sunday's they offer a breakfast buffet in addition to the menu. Stop in to see us in their beautiful, nationally registered, historic building.

100 N Main St, Stockton, IL

Stockton Downtown Murals

Strike a pose in Stockton with larger-than-life murals painted throughout the downtown area, viewed with a stroll along Main Street & Front Avenue. Indulge in the independently owned shops and restaurants as you discover the colorful and story-telling murals.


Stockton Heritage Museum

Stockton Heritage Museum is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to the preservation and teaching of Stockton area history. Visit the museum on weekends, May-October, or by appointment.

Open 10-2 Saturdays and 11-2 Sundays
107 W Front Ave, Stockton, IL

Stockton Veteran's Memorial

A great many Stockton citizens have served the United States in various wars throughout the years. They are honored and remembered at Stockton's Veteran's Memorial.

200 E. North Ave. Stockton, IL 61085

Kidstown Wooden Playground

The wooden, kid-friendly haven was built by Stockton Community members in only five days. It took a year to organize and raise the funds necessary to build the park, but once the funds were collected, local businesses and individuals came together and donated both their tools and their time in order to build the play area. Hundreds of Stocktonites worked together during those five days to establish the park, which stands to this day as an example of the joy a community can create when all of its' citizens work together.

236 N Pearl St, Stockton, IL

Woodbine Bend Golf Course & Restaurant

An immaculate 18-hole links-style golf course, Woodbine Bend Championship Golf Course offers a challenge and a great time for golfers of all skill levels. Group packages are available - making this a great guys getaway or reunion site - plus they offer daily specials for everyone!

3500 E Center Rd, Stockton, IL

Scenic Art Loop

Travel this 113 mile self-guided tour through Illinois’ most scenic areas. All River Road Talent (ARRT) is a synergy of artists building a cultural and visitor awareness of artistic talent in Northwest Illinois. Visit with talented artists in their studios and galleries during the first weekend of each month. Visit the website for additional information and event schedules.


Stockton Bowling Lanes

Stockton Bowling Lanes, built in 1949, is Stockton's oldest continually operated business! A fun, family atmosphere is always what you'll find on one of their 8 standard lanes. It also has been recently remodeled to accomodate an expanded menu and bowling needs.

102 S Ward St, Stockton, IL

Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

This Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary, located southwest of Stockton, is managed by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. This preserve consists of 409 acres with over 6 miles of trails for you to explore, making Valley of Eden a birding paradise for people of all ages and birding abilities. Please note that dogs and dog walking are not allowed. Visit the website for scheduled events and the other nature preserves in the area.

5559 E Rush Creek Rd, Stockton IL

BSA Canyon Camp - Blackhawk Area Council

Canyon Camp is over 300 acres of wilderness in northwest Illinois, used as a Boy Scout Camp since 1932. From working on merit badges to taking part in one of our other programs there is something for everyone! We are located 8 miles northwest of Stockton, IL nestled in the Apple River Valley. For information on the facility and programs visit the website.

4856 E. Townsend Road, Stockton, IL 61085