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!