13 Parks near Hanover, Illinois
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
Jul 2007 - $18.00
We drove through this campground. We are fans of the the COE campgrounds and were very disappointed with this one. So disappointed we didn't stay. Most COE campgrounds have either gravel and cement pads -- this campground had neither --you park on the grass. The ground did not appear level in most places and would require some leveling. I also agree that we took the "direct" route to this campground from Galena and that in itself was an adventure. The other road leading to Hanover was several miles (5-6 miles) of gravel -- not too happy with that either. - shirleyj62
Sep 2006 - $14.00
This is an Army Corp of Engineers campground. It is very remote, 8 miles west of Hanover, Illinois. If you are a freight train buff, you will LOVE this place, as the trains run next to the campground. A local told us sometimes as many as 60 trains pass by here daily. It took a bit of getting used to: at night they quiet down but still average about 7 a night. By the third day, it didn't bother us much, and the quiet between trains is deafening in itself. The campground boasts 50 amp electric, but no water or sewer at site. Water is available throughout the park however. The restrooms were neat and clean, even over the Labor Day weekend. There is a boat ramp into the Mississippi backwater and I assume the fishing is good. Lots of trees, but open areas as well. Large, grassy sites are the norm, which afford some privacy. There is a well-maintained playground, and it is a very kid-friendly campground. Be sure to get a lower number site if possible, the higher number sites back up to the tracks and I guarantee you will know it when a freight rolls through. I would have given this a 9 rating even without water and sewer except for the trains. We would return however, because it was very pretty and peaceful despite the trains. Also, do NOT use Google Maps to get to this place; Google got us there the most direct route possible, but also took us down some roads that a travel trailer had no right to be on. Best way is to go through Hanover and just follow the signs. - baraff
Jun 2014 - $20.00
We found this campground in the middle of a severe storm that necessitated us leaving the interstate. Host suggested we park in the overflow lot and hook into electric on a site nearby. Worked out great as we didn't have to unhook the car. Campground was large, spacious, and clean. Right on the Missouri River with a boat ramp. Rated 10 because host was so helpful! Would stay here again! - Takinbetz
Aug 2013 - $16.00
This is a small beautiful and quiet state park with gravel, and level sites. The Dyas Unit has 45 camping sites (31 with electrical hookups with 30/50 amp), very clean restrooms and showers and dump station and water stations in the park, but not at sites. The campground is in the Dyas unit at 21466 429th Avenue Bellevue, IA 52031. Sixteen dollars is for electric sites; $11 for non-electric. The park manager and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The state park allows you to stay 2 weeks. WE WILL RETURN. - Myersonthemove
Sep 2010 - $16.00
This small, very pleasant park is somewhat remote, but is convenient to the Mississippi River and the town of Bellevue. Most sites have 50-amp power service and some also have sewer connections. Water standpipes are dispersed throughout the campground rather than being located at each site. The park has numerous hiking trails plus several overlooks of the river. There is a good Verizon broadband signal, but no over the over the air television signals were found. Dish users should be aware that some of the sites may be too shaded for good signal reception. The entry to park is from 429th Avenue which runs parallel to US-52. If approaching the park from the south, use the entrance at 193rd Street (42.20432 N, 90.38385 W). Doing this will avoid having to make a very sharp left turn on 429th Avenue (42.22718 N, 90.39840 W). - GreenMtn08
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
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 - $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
Apr 2016 - $17.00
Nice park with wi-fi. Fishing right off camp sight. Only things I disliked was a bunch of non-camper traffic and sites are pretty close to eachother. Great views though! - Charles_ Jeannie
Jun 2015 - $19.00
This is a very pretty campground on the island that contains the village of Sabula, IA. The Mississippi River is on one side and South Sabula Lake on the other. Access is city streets and a short stretch of gravel road. On a Thursday morning at 11:00 this campground was filled, though nearly devoid of people. There is local dynamic in use at this campground that is only known to the frequent users. I believe this campground works on the good ole boy network, open sites are booked by friends, relatives, neighbors, whoever as soon as something opens up. It is very difficult for an outsider to obtain a site during summer months. There is not a formal reservation system but I believe an underground booking system that limits the sites to insiders. If you were consider a try for a site I would recommend a call to the Jackson County Parks Office at 563/652-3783 to check the status. - fudge_brownief
Sep 2011 - $15.00
This is a nice peaceful campground on the Mississippi river or you can camp on the Lake. Not all sites have water. The Wi-Fi was excellent. We got 15 channels with out antenna and satellite we got with the portable dish. Savanah has an excellent grocery store. Clinton is rather close by if you need a big town. You can see the barges and the trains. If you come to Sabula through the Illinois side be prepared for a white knuckle drive as the bridge is really narrow. Just hope you don't meet a semi. We will come here again. - HR Ray
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
Jun 2016 - $10.00
We have camped here numerous times. Many sites have views of the Mississippi river or the lagoon. It was nesting season for the box turtles while we were there this time and it was very interesting as they had a team of college students observing and recording the nests. Our site was paved and easy to back into. It was quite shady, though close to woods, so in some circumstances it can be quite buggy. We enjoy this park because it is close to a bike path, you can fish and boat on the river and it is an enjoyable park to walk the dogs and observe the river. It is a popular and reasonably well maintained park, which we find most of COE parks to be. - JonesAussies
Sep 2015 - $20.00
We stayed here for 2 nights. We were right on the Mississippi River. Nice level concrete pads. Ours was a little tight to get into as the roads are one-way and pretty narrow. The mosquitos were thick, but you really have to expect that. Very well kept. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel. - jacknpeg
Aug 2015 - $20.00
Really nice location, right on the Mississippi river. Almost all sites have concrete pads (first campground I've used that has it. Most sites have good shade. Ours didn't, and this weekend was brutally hot and no shade until about 4pm. The Mississippi river trail runs through the park. It's paved (some local roads) and great for riding. Restroom/showers were clean, but there were millions of bugs at this time of year and the sinks were covered. For a fairly remote location, we also had fairly good cellular service. - Scott_E