15 Parks near Galena, Illinois
Jul 2016 - $37.00
The good: The location of this campground is great for visiting the Galena area. There is a Walmart directly next door which is convenient for grabbing groceries. We had reservations, check-in was friendly and easy. We are a 36' motorhome towing, information I supplied when making the reservation.
The bad: Sites are TIGHT. If you have a large RV of any type, plan to get there early and plan to have an audience. There are about 20 seasonal sites here, and if you're near those sites they'll come offer their 'assistance' and are sure to enforce what they feel are the rules. Power and water were convenient, sewer was at the center back of the site, I didn't have an extension so couldn't use it. Our tow car wouldn't fit on the site so we had to park down the street in a grass area. The sites were more dirt than gravel and it rained, so it was a huge mess. Fire pits were a dirt area in back of site, no ring. Picnic table was available but in bad shape.
Location and price was fine, but we'll never go back. Sites are too short and too close together, and the attitude of some seasonal site owners left a lot to be desired. - OnDaRox
Jul 2016 - $37.00
A very nice and tidy campground! We were impressed driving into this RV park. The office was nice and staff was friendly. We are here for 4th of July weekend and are packed in here like sardines. It is still very enjoyable and there is adequate space between rigs. Lots of activities if you are traveling with kids. Convenient location has a Walmart next door. The town is beautiful. - cmiller
Aug 2015 - $37.00
If we hadn't been so tired and had looked in the bathrooms before we checked in we wouldn't have stayed here. Our check in was poor: after starting to look at the computer to see what was available for us, clerk stopped our discussion and took a phone call for a future reservation, making me wait over 10 minutes - I tried to get her to take the caller's number and finish my transaction, but had no luck.
Site assigned was a back-in FHU - no discounts available. We drove to site and picnic table was in middle of gravel path so we had to move it before we could park our rig.
The site was OK for us, partially because there was no one parked on either side of us. Had there been rigs on either side of us, it would have felt a lot tighter.
Went to use bathrooms / showers and turned around after looking at them. Toilets were very tight, you had to straddle the seat to close the door to the stall. Showers were gross with old moldy looking corners. Shower nozzle height was very low - maybe 4' up from the ground - good luck fitting under them for a good shower. Perhaps we're more critical of campground facilities because we've worked as work camper at some, but we felt like we needed tetanus shots after being in the restrooms. - yesmar
Jun 2015 - $20.00
The park is showing its age and the effect of budget cuts. Staffing seems to depend on campground hosts manning the check in booth. Ranger and police presence was very limited. Like all Illinois State Parks, alcohol is prohibited. RV sites were very level and covered with a nice layer of limestone. This formed a driveway ridge and patio area separate from the grassy areas. This ridge became critical and perhaps present by design. We had lots of rain and the campground was covered in pools of water. Being up high at least gave you the opportunity to keep your feet dry. Look for level when choosing a campsite, some of the tent sites looked to be completely on the hill side. RV sites seemed to much better designed.
Because of the rain the hiking trails were impassable, but looked very good. Trains were common but far enough distant as to not be annoying. They do use their horns at the nearby crossing at all hours and you will be come acquainted with the two long, one short and one long that will sound with each passing train. The latest I read was 43 trains per day. - fudge_brownief
May 2008 - $15.00
Attractive, sprawling, park-like campground (trees but no undergrowth between sites), very spacious grassy sites with gravel parking pads. CG was surprisingly quiet and about 1/2 empty on this weekend before Memorial Day. Rates will be going up this summer, after new state legislation was passed. About 1/2 the sites have electric hookups (20/30 amps); mix of shower houses w/ flush toilets and clean, well-vented pit toilets scattered around the CG. Small camp store in the park & camp hosts in residence; for other needs, the small town of Savanna is about 5 miles south. There's a boat launch & fishing area along the river, across the road from CG entrance. Hiking trails in the woods, some with overlooks along the Miss. River. We really enjoyed this park, and would happily camp here again, even at the new, higher rates (rumored to be $25 later this season). - PokyRVer
Jul 2007 - $15.00
Great campground. We camped at site 196, which is a pull through site. The site is at the end of one of the roads, so it was very quiet. The campsites are wide and shady. The bathhouse was very nice and clean. There are easy to moderate hiking trails in the campground area. The more difficult trails are on the south side of the park. I would highly recommend this campground for couples and families. - klh0922
Jul 2016 - $40.00
This was a very nice park. Very beautiful setting, we had our own Norman Rockwell setting, looking out on the really neat dairy farm just below the campground. - Dan Lowry
Jun 2016 - $38.00
They have installed sewer thru out the park. They have leveled the pull thru sites and graveled them and sodded the areas between campsites. Agree with other posts that new owners seem nice and trying to improve the park. - twindman
May 2016 - $38.00
The park is under new ownership and they are updating the property. All facilities worked. WiFi was good. The staff was friendly. They are still working on the grades in the sites. We had to move once since we could not get level. The bathrooms were older but spotless. The setting is lovely and there is a small chapel on the property. We would come back. - ATCbelle
Jun 2010 - $0.00
This location is closed to overnight camping. Only seasonal camping is available based on sign posted at the old office. I was told it had been closed for two years. Do not confuse this RV campground with Miller Riverview Campground about 1/2 mile away on Riverview Park Rd but on the same island. - Tireman9
Jul 2005 - $28.00
This campground is located adjacent to the Mississippi river with a nice view of river. Nice flat site, no sewer available, water and power connections in pretty poor shape. A lot of permanent RVs as it has good boat ramp. Rather loud partying till about 10pm. Entrance is rather tight between gates. Not bad location as there are few alternatives in the area. Would use again if passing thru. - jliferjr
Jul 2016 - $20.00
This campground is located between the railroad tracks and the Mississippi river. A long, loud train is going past as I write this, but that's okay, we knew that ahead of time. I think most sites are easy to get in to but be careful of site 37 and those on that side of the road as they are back-ins and you better be good because trailers across from you will prohibit much maneuvering. What no one tells you is that there is no central place to fill up with water. There are spigots located throughout the park. You may need a couple of hoses to reach your unit if you need to fill up when you get there. My mobile hot spot is struggling but the beautiful view of the Mississippi offsets any inconvenience. - campersfromiowa
Oct 2015 - $10.00
This is a very nice park but if trains keep you awake at night do not stay here. They come through quite often all night long and they blow their whistle all a long the campground area. The hosts are very friendly and you have beautiful views of the Mississippi River. - jhav
Sep 2015 - $9.00
We stay here often. Like to sit by the river and watch , tugboats, pelicans, eagles, hawks. The town of potosi has a brewery. Good restaurants. Located in a picturesque piece of landscape. Senior pass gets half price. Water is nearby, and electric is at the site. Will return this year, again in September. - tom3205
Jun 2015 - $10.00
The other reviewers have covered things quite well, I would add an emphasis that this is not your typical COE campground, especially if you compare to nearby Grant River or Thomson Causeway. One of the roads in is now mostly gravel and after a rainfall full of mud holes and after a dry spell - very dusty. With a 21 ft RV I did not find the sites easy to work with, those nearest the water and furthest from the tracks are not going to work with a larger RV, all due to leveling issues.
The trains are ever present, the latest figures I saw were 43 per day and 46 oil trains per week. The trains are a minor inconvenience, it is the fact that the park utilizes a crossing of the tracks and the trains have to use their horns. You will become very acquainted with the two long, one short and one long they will use each time passing. If you are attuned to the horn you may even recognize some engineers handle as they add some personal horn flair to their signals.
Views of the river are nonexistent from the campground, you can see the water through the trees but good views require a walk to the boat landing. Campsites are sort of marked, they have a numbered stake in the rear. I never could figure out what site I was in, many sites are just a matter of finding a spot on the grass. Do not forget anything, this is off the beaten path. - fudge_brownief
May 2014 - $14.00
We love this park, but most of the reviews are accurate. It's a beautiful, remote park. However, there are frequent trains. My kids and I are train buffs, though, so we really enjoy the park. Although the sites are grass they don't usually require too terribly much leveling, and the sites are plenty large. The view of the river is beautiful, and you are not too far from Galena and Savanna, both excellent towns to visit. Except on holiday weekends there will only be a handful of campers. Last time we went was Memorial Day weekend, and it was mostly but not completely full. Lower number sites are definitely recommended so you can be further from the trains and have a better view of the river. - CampinMike
Aug 2011 - $14.00
Depending on what you want in a campground, you may enjoy Blanding Landing. It is remote with pretty river views. (Don't look to the South where the big fence for the Savana Army Depot says RESTRICTED.) The road in is not big rig user friendly, although the park has plenty of room. The location is north of Hanover, Illinois and SW of Galena, Ill. There is a road w/signs coming from either direction: but they are both narrow, hilly, curves and low branches. There was a camp host. The bathrooms, playground and the entire park was immaculate. The sites are grass, some are flat, some are not. There are plenty of water stations and space between sites. Early in the week we were one of only 3 campers. The boat landing is very good with lots of parking, the weekends pick up: but even on a beautiful Labor Day weekend, there were at least 5 spots still available. There are trains that run fast and often through out the day/night near the back of the park. We parked closer to the river and after a day we didn't notice the trains much. I would rate this higher, but the roads in can be a challenge, especially if you meet someone coming in as you are heading out. Although it's only 15-20 miles from a nearby town, it seems much longer. - tigrred
May 2013 - $16.00
Beautiful park along Mississippi River, just north of Bellevue. We have stayed here a few times and each time we have found it a wonderful place to park. There is a marina and a great place to eat at Spruce Creek Restaurant. We will return. - Myersonthemove
May 2010 - $20.00
We stayed in back section across the creek. No problem with our 36' wide body MH on the roads. Some sites are a bit tough to back into, but most are angled and easy to access. Some have a slight grade but most are level. We needed both electric cords to reach the post. The electric has been upgraded since the flooding awhile back, but we did have some low voltage at times. This happened 3 afternoons in a row in the afternoon. It was mid-80's and everyone had their AC units running. It was OK after dark and up until noon. No reservations taken all sites are first come first served. It did not fill until the Friday before Memorial Day while we were here. Verizon broadband and cell were excellent, TV via Batwing was fair, only 1 network station CBS. The Bellevue Golf Course Club house further up 395th sits high up on a hill and has a full bar. Great views of the MS river valley even if you don't golf. - Bob and Inga
Sep 2009 - $15.00
The park is located on the Mississippi River. It has good interior roads. There are two parts. The front section is accessible to rigs of all sizes and has the modern restrooms. The back section's road winds among large trees and might be difficult for large rigs to navigate. This section has pit toilets. There are two types of sites gravel ($15) and paved ($18). There is self-registration. The camp host lives on site and is very friendly. - Alamo
Nov 2007 - $16.00
Mud Lake Park is six miles north of Dubuque and four miles off highway 52. The park provides ample boating access, has large trees (but only a few by the RV sites), and has a full-time manager on site. Although their web site only lists 20 and 30 amp sites, the campground offers 30 and 50 amp services. The only drawback is that there are a lot of trains and horn blowing all hours of the day, but they aren't too intrusive, and the park is secluded enough to provide great night-time skies. Close to Dubuque yet out far enough to allow deer sightings. We stayed nine days, and would stay here again. - Roadsters
Jun 2016 - $15.00
I wish I could rate this park higher. Price is very good, location on river bank is good. Sites are gravel but mainly level. Not able to use satelite due to trees and only could get one station over the air. Closeness to city center and lack of control at entrance led to a lot of drive by/thru traffic. Multiple dumpster divers coming thru rumaging thru trash. Three pm check out and four pm check in times led to traffic jam. Dump station is on tight circle in front of office. Line to dump and leave left no room for arrivals. Site manager also out of office at this critical time. Restrooms not enough to support number of campers. Odor from woods in campground suggest many have chosen to use the trees. At 15 a night it should be high on list, instead we will pass it by if this way again. - rockhill
Jul 2015 - $15.00
We enjoyed our overnight stop here next to the Mississippi River. Fun to watch various boats cruise by, also the white pelicans. Quite a mix of sites. Ours was fine, but some more un level and heavily treed. Nice walking path, about a mile, perfect for an after dinner or morning stroll. Would stay again if passing through this area. - housecar
Aug 2014 - $15.00
This is a park maintained by the city of Dubuque. They do a good job, sometimes in spite of some of the guests who come. The park, located on the edge of the Mississippi River, only opened around August 2014 as the river had exceeded 17’ and the park is about 10’ above the river. Call to be sure there is no issue with the river. They have put in 50-amp on over 50 sites since we were there in ’09. Some sites along the river have a slope that might require cribbing your jacks and extra steps to get in, while sites away from the river’s edge are almost level. The sites are covered in packed rock that easily supports your RV. Reservations are accepted for sites. We were on the river but had to move on a weekend as a group had reserved multiple sites together. Much of the park is under trees and open areas may not receive satellite signals because the trees are so tall. Cell phones work in the park without any issues. The restrooms are functional and typical of city park fixtures; all stainless. Condition of the restrooms depends on the campers and their behavior. They are watched and cleaned as needed, but this can’t guarantee you it will be to your standards. It appears that some who tent at the park have fewer manners. The park is on Adm. Sheehe, but GPS thinks it is Riverview. Ken, at the office, will accept mail and our UPS was delivered to our unit. Planning to stay only a few days, we ended up staying 10 days and have stayed longer once in the past. There are gas and fuel facilities very near the park as well as several places to eat. The river lock #11 is north of the park on Kerper Blvd going north to the stop sign. Turn right to the lock; very interesting and likely you will spend over an hour there. At the same stop sign, turn left, cross the RR tracks and the Point Café is on your left. Make this a ‘for sure stop’. Don’t order the Point Burger ($7.49) unless you have help to eat it. All portions are huge and are served very hot by friendly wait staff. Maybe after eating at the Point Café, head south and watch the signs for the Eagle’s Nest Park. This is one of the nicest parts we have visited. Admission is only one buck. The park offers great views of the river and lock from about 500’ up. - Workamper04
Jun 2009 - $15.00
This facility looks to be built on someone's spare pastureland or perhaps a large front yard. The road leading to the campground is a bit rough though it is asphalt. Once you enter the campground the road is gravel and a bit dodgy in places. It was difficult to see the spaces after dark. The space we chose was a large, level, concrete pad which easily accommodated our 31' Class C; however, it was situated so that it was difficult to turnaround in order to back into the space. The surrounding terrain was sloped and made it difficult to maneuver. About 30% of the facility was full of full-timers though most looked to be fairly high end. The shower and bathroom facilities were what you might find at an old church camp from the 50's. The plumbing was exposed and though it was fairly clean it was cramped and had a very old feel to it. There is a nice picnic area next to the restroom facilities and it appears that this campground is very tent friendly. All that being said, the fact that this campground is quite a ways from town meant that it was very, very dark and very quiet which we loved. We heard coyotes off in the distance which was also kind of neat. All in all a pleasant experience even with the challenges of navigating inside the campground. - kcjonib