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Blanding Landing Recreation Area

Hanover, Illinois

The Blanding Landing Recreation Area is off the beaten path offering a quiet camping get-a-way. Nestled along the backwaters of the Mississippi River, this area is a well known birders paradise plus access to miles of great fishing.

It is located 13 miles south of Galena, Illinois off of Blackjack Road in Jo Daviess County. The campground features 30 campsites with 50 amp electrical service, 7 non-electrical sites, a 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.

The area is full of activities and adventures for outdoor enthusiasts including kayaking, canoeing, biking, hiking and more! Come and discover why Blanding Landing is Jo Daviess County’s best kept secret!


Camping / Day Use Fees

2024 Fee Dates: May 15 - October 15

Cost: $14.00 and $24.00

Reservations Accepted: No, First-Come First-Served pay stations are available 

Boat Ramp: $5.00/day or $40.00 annual pass. 

Picnic Shelter Reservation: $25.00, call 563-582-0881 to make reservations.

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Blanding Landing Recreation Area
5720 S. River Road
Hanover, IL 61041 

Contact Information

Dubuque Ranger Office: 563-582-0881