2 Parks near Hanover, Illinois
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 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