Blanding Landing Recreation Area

The Blanding Landing Recreation Area is off the beaten path offering a quiet camping getaway. Nestled along the backwaters of the Mississippi River, this area is a well-known birders paradise plus access to miles of great fishing.  Blanding Landing is situated in a lush river valley on the east bank of the Mississippi River, just 8 miles from Hanover, Illinois.The campground sits on soft, flat grass and is 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 and rich deposits of minerals lined 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.  Today, the winding country roads are perfect for leisurely drives.

This Class A campground features 30 campsites with 50 amp electrical service, seven non-electrical sites, shower building, sewer dump station and more! This secluded area also has a playground, picnic shelter, boat ramp and great views of the backwaters of the Mississippi River with the main channel on the far shoreline.

Summer interpretive program and activities are available select weekends throughout the camping season at the Blanding Landing Campground Amphitheater.  The area is full of activities and adventures for outdoor enthusiasts including kayaking, canoeing, biking and hiking.  Come discover why Blanding Landing is Jo Daviess County's best kept secret!

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Latitude: 42.28583 Longitude: -90.40333 Elevation: 603 ft
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Number of Camp Sites


Campground Style


Maximum Campsite Spur Length

50 Feet

Maximum Number of People a Campsite May Accommodate

6 people

Nightly Fee

$10 Standard Non-Electrical Site & $20 Standard Electrical Site

Driving Directions

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.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pet Friendly!

Seasons Open

May thru October

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