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Blanding Landing is a campground located on the east bank of the Mississippi River 13 miles from Galena, Illinois. It is a popular spot among anglers, with plentiful fishing and other outdoor activities, such as boating, hunting, and picnicking. The campground offers grassy sites with electric hookups, showers, playground, and natural shade from hardwood trees. It is also an excellent birdwatching site with Ice Age glacers nearby for leisurely drives. Galena is a short distance away with its historic buildings, unique shopping, and National Register of Historic Places.


Blanding Landing is situated in a lush river valley on the east bank of the great Mississippi, just 13 miles from Galena, Illinois. Rich deposits of minerals line the landscape. In the early 19th century, miners from around the globe flocked to the area in search of wealth from minerals. This was the nation's first mineral rush, predating California's legendary Gold Rush.


The Mississippi River draws crowds of anglers each year. The most popular species is the channel catfish. Bluegill, walleye, crappie and northern pike also live in these waters. Other activities include boating, picnicking and hunting.


All campsites are on grass and most have electric hookups. A playground and showers are also available. Hardwood trees allow for natural shade in the area.

Natural Features

The campround is off the beaten path offering a quiet camping getaway. Nestled along the backwaters of the Mississippi River, this area is a well known birders paradise plus access to miles of great fishing. Thousands of years ago, Ice Age Glaciers divided and detoured around the northwest corner of Illinois. In their wake, clusters of rugged hills remain. Today, the winding country roads are perfect for leisurely drives.

Nearby Attractions

The town of Galena is 13 miles north, and attracts tourists for its quaint atmosphere, unique shops and historic buildings. Eighty-five percent of the buildings in the town are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


For facility specific information, please call (563) 582-0881.
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