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part ofMississippi River - Pools 11-22, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 24 2015   Season Dates


Blanding Landing is situated in a lush river valley on the east bank of the great Mississippi, just eight miles from Hanover, Illinois.

Rich deposits of minerals line the landscape. In the early 19th century, miners from around the globe flocked to the area in search of wealth from minerals. This was the nation's first mineral rush, predating California's legendary Gold Rush.

Natural Features:

The campground sits on soft, flat grass - ideal for comfortable tent camping. The weather in this area runs from warm, humid summers to cool, dry falls.

Thousands of years ago, Ice Age Glaciers divided and detoured around the northwest corner of Illinois. In their wake, islands of rugged hills remain. Today, the winding country roads are perfect for leisurely drives.


The Mississippi River draws crowds of anglers each year. The most popular species is the channel catfish. Bluegill, walleye, crappie and northern pike also live in these waters. Other activities include boating, picnicking and hunting.


All campsites are on grass and most have electric hookups. A playground, showers and pay phone are also available. Hardwood trees allow for natural shade in the area.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Galena is 13 miles north, and attracts tourists for its quaint atmosphere, unique shops and historic buildings. Eighty-five percent of the buildings in the town are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
All campers must register with the fee booth on the day of arrival. Fee booth hours are 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of holiday weekends.
  • "FIREWOOD ALERT" - Prevent the spread of EAB. All firewood originating from out-of-state or from a quarantined county is prohibited in this facility. Purchase firewood from a local vendor. Do Not bring firewood from home. Click www.missriver.org and click on the "Emerald Ash Borer Firewood Alert" picture/link for more information.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    42.28583, -90.40333
    42°17'9"N, 90°24'12"W

    From Hanover, Illinois, turn west on Fulton Street next to Apple River bridge. Follow signs 8 miles to campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    HANOVER  IL  61041

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (800)645-0248
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