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Blanding Landing Recreation Area Campground
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Blanding Landing Recreation Area Campground
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Nice looking campgrounds next to the Mississippi, BUT THE TRAIN HORNS!!!!! All Day & Night, BEWARE if you think you're gonna get any sleep, you are not! The grounds are nicely kept, but the campsites are on uneven ground, was hard to find a place to pitch the tent level. Great place though to launch your boat! WILL NEVER STAY THERE AGAIN!

Stayed: September 2017
Thank Deb M
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

If you are a lite sleeper, you might want to avoid this campground. As a previous reviewer stated, Trains go by and blast their whistle day and night. However, I don't know where you could camp along the Mississippi River and avoid train tracks.

The one person who ran the grounds was very efficient and nice. The grounds and facilities were very clean.

We had to crank up our BAL leveler quite a bit to get level on the grassy site. The further you get from the river the more trees there are, but then you get closer to the RR tracks. We were in the second row back from the river, and did not feel the earth shake when the trains went by. We kept our windows closed at night and ran the air conditioner. We also have a white noise machine to drown out our CPAP machine noise. Thus, we were not disturbed by the trains and slept very well.

This is on a backwater of the Mississippi, and you could not see any barge traffic. We had no problem on the narrow roads leading into and out of the campground from Hanover towing our 16 foot travel trailer.

I like camping at COE campgrounds because of the senior discount of 50%.

Room Tip: You are going to hear the trains no matter what site you choose.
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Bob B
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

This campground is very neatly kept, and is monitored by a campground host who is very nice. Check in hours are from 5-8 pm, but the host is camping right across the parking lot from the check-in office, and keeps an eye out for new visitors. The campground has a boat ramp for launching your boat for fishing and a short dock. It would not be good for fishing from the dock due to vegetation in the water.

Our campsite was grassy, with electric outlet only. There is a bathroom/shower house close to the office, which is adequate. The age of the campground is evidenced by the bathrooms. There are also vault toilets available if you don't want to hike to the bathroom. Very few campers were there when we camped, but it was the middle of the week.

The one thing we did not know about was the entrance to this campground was across 2 active railroad tracks. The trains blew their whistles every time they came to the crossing. 2 long whistles, 1 short, 2 long. This is Morse code for "Q", which stands for "Queen". You always stop for the Queen to let her pass.

They were the most active in the evening until about midnight, and then from 4:30 am on. At that point, there was a train (with whistle) coming through about every 5-10 minutes. In our pop-up camper, there was no way to block the sound. Just want to make sure you are aware.

Room Tip: Move as far from the entry road toward the river as possible.
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank mjcarlson
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Additional Information about Blanding Landing Recreation Area Campground

Address: 5720 S River Road, Hanover, IL 61041
Region: United States > Illinois > Hanover
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Hanover
Number of rooms: 30

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