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2019 "Along the River"

If you would like to view a digital copy of our 2019 "Along the River" booklet, please click on the picture above.  If you would like to receive a free copy of our 2018 "Along the River" booklet, please call us at 309-794-5338 or send us an email with your MAILING ADDRESS. Click HERE to send us an email.

This publication contains detailed information on all of our recreation areas including campgrounds, boat ramps and day use areas. It also contains a calendar of events for our recreation areas.

Camping for military families

Camping Along the Mississippi River

Camping with the Corps of Engineers along the Mississippi River offers fantastic river views, outstanding service and great facilities. We want to make your camping experience the best it has ever been. The Mississippi River Project currently manages 26 recreation areas streched out over 314 river miles. Of those 26 areas, 13 offer camping.

To access information on each individual campground click here, then click on the recreation area name.

Camping Registration Information

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stop at the entrance station (if open) to find out what sites are available.
proceed through the park and select a campsite that is not "Reserved" or "Occupied" for any part of your stay. Campsites that are reserved will have an "R" on the post and a yellow tag with the dates of the impending reservation. Campsites that are already occupied will have a white tag on the post with their departure date and is considered occupied until 4 p.m. of that date. Some camping loops may also be reserved; these are clearly marked with signs and on individual site posts.
set up your camping equipment and being camping. You can then return to the fee booth during normal business hours to pay and register for your site. If you want a campsite for future occupancy, please call 1-877-444-6777 or visit to make a reservation. You can also make reservations in person at the campground entrance station, however, all reservations must be made at least two days prior to your arrival date.

you can register and pay for your campsite at the entrance station.

Entrance station hours at all of the Mississippi River Class A recreation areas (Grant River, Blanding Landing, Thomson Causeway, Fisherman's Corner North, Shady Creek and Clark's Ferry) are 5-8 p.m. daily and 9-11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The booth will be open 9-11 a.m. on Sundays during holiday weekends as well. 

Some non-Class A parks (Pleasant Creek, Bulger's Hollow, Andalusia Slough and Blanchard Island) have a self-registration process in which you fill out an envelope and deposit your money in the envelope. The envelope is then place in the honor vault. The tear off portion of the envelope is then placed on your site post.

Camping Reservations

We strongly recommend making a reservation prior to camping at any of the Class A parks along the Mississippi River. This will ensure you the campsite of your choice for your preferred dates. To make a reservation you can either call 1-877-444-6777 or click on the picture above.

America the Beautiful Pass

America the Beautiful passes (previously named the Golden Age and Golden Access passes) are honored at all of our parks and now the Corps of Engineers will be selling these passes.  The pass offers discounts at our recreation facilities. Please click on the picture below for more information.

Camping Regulations

1. Camping is permitted on a "first come" basis or by reservation where taken.
2. Stays shall be limited to 14 days.
3. Equipment left unattended longer than 24 hours will be impounded, and/or removed at the owner's expense.
4. Daily occupancy: One family unit or six people.
5. Campfires shall be kept under control.
6. Pets shall be on a six-foot leash, picked up after and controlled at all times.
7. Discharge of firearms, fireworks or weapons of any kind is prohibited.
8. Equipment shall be completely removed and the site cleaned before departure.
9. Injury, defacement, removal or destruction of government-owned facilities or vegetation is prohibited.
10. Motorized recreation vehicles must have a valid state registration, a licensed operator and be operated in a safe manner. They shall be used only on roadways and for the purpose of transportation into and out of the area.
11. Quiet shall be observed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
12. Hooking up to water is prohibited, except to fill up your tank.
13. Violation of any of the above will be cause for removal from the area and/or legal action.
14. Firewood shall not be transported to the park from out-of-state or in violation of any state or federal firewood quarantine regulations.