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. We camped at Blanding Landing COE in a Travel Trailer.
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. We camped at Blanding Landing COE in a Tent Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 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. We camped at Blanding Landing COE in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $18.00
Blanding Landing and Blanding Landing Corp of Engineer as listed on this web page are one and the same so I will just expand on what other reviewers have covered. It is a campground that can accommodate most sized RVs, but is more suited for tents, campers, and shorter rigs. It is big rig accessible, but not necessarily friendly. It is located on a lake far from nowhere, but there was cell coverage. The fifteen mile paved road leading to it is hilly, curvy, and with some areas of overhanging tree branches. Once started down the road, there is no turn around point until in the campground. The shoreline portion of lake is covered with algae making any use of it impossible. The voltage is low even on 50A service. Power management is required. There is no laundry room. The community water faucets in the campground are mainly for refilling holding tanks. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. A dump station is available. Access roads are gravel and the grass sites that are fairly level. There are only four pull thru sites but they are the closest to the railroad track. Thankfully, the trains pass quickly so noise is short-lived. There are no street lights - at night it is pitch black. Because it’s off the beaten path, you may have the park all to yourself as we did. The gate attendants are only on duty from 6-9 pm so I think there might be a problem if you pick an empty site that might be reserved by someone else. Except passing trains, I personally enjoyed the woods, dark nights, and very peaceful solitude. But I have to rate based on what other’s would expect and that is less than the typical Corp campground would usually receive. If you have the tolerance for occasional train noise and don’t mind an “adventurous” drive then bump it up a couple points. We camped at Blanding Landing COE in a Motorhome.
Good camping for big rigs, although not isolated. Nice hosts, but there is a train track that runs LOTS of trains late afternoon through the night. Because of that we will not stay again. It is beautiful country and a nice trip to Galena and Southeastern Wisconsin. We camped at Blanding Landing COE in a Fifth Wheel.