Blanchard Island Recreation Area

Blanchard Island Recreation Area

The Blanchard Island Recreation Area location is in New Boston, Illinois
61272. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Blanchard Island Recreation Area facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

34000 176Th Ave. W.

New Boston

Phone number


Campground information New Boston, Illinois


The Mississippi River Project’s Muscatine Ranger Station has gone to a new way to pay for First-Come First-Serve campsites at the Blanchard Island Recreation Area. This new way is called “Scan & Pay”. Blanchard Island’s open fee dates are May 15th through October 15th. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site using the QR Code and mobile APP. (Cash will no longer be accepted for payment. Credit Card Only.)   


Fisherman have good luck fishing for catfish from Blanchard Island. If you have a boat, you can launch it from here and find the best catfish holes. In the Fall, hunters enjoy camping and hunting deer from here, as well as the Island; if they bring their boat.

Others just enjoy the serenity of the park and the natural views of the river and bottom lands. Wildife viewing is a popular activity here. Bald Eagles, ducks, Pileated Woodpeckers, deer, and the occasional muskrat or otter may be seen.  


This “off the beaten” path Class B campground is a fisherman’ and hunter’s and camper’s paradise. The park has a boat ramp, concrete vault toilets, 15 campsites-each with a picnic table and fire ring, as well as a beautiful and quiet view of Blanchard Chute on the Mississippi River.  

There are a number of water hydrants throughout the park that provide potable water. A dump station is also available for camper’s use.  

Natural Features

Blanchard Island Recreation Area is a great place to view wildlife due to it’s serene backcountry feel. It sits along the backwaters of the Mississippi River. You’ll have to travel about 2 miles on a gravel road to get here, but it’s well worth it. You’ll want to bring the bug spray though to be safe!

Charges & Cancellations

As in the past, no refunds will be given if you must leave the campground early.  

Frequently Asked Questions About 34000 176Th Ave. W. New Boston, IL

How do I make a reservation with Blanchard Island Recreation Area?

To make reservations at Blanchard Island Recreation Area, you can call the office at 563-263-7913.

There are no additional fees to camp at or utilize this park. The “Scan & Pay” way to pay for your campsite is easy to use. However, once payment is made on-site; know that we do not offer refunds or modifications.  

Where is Blanchard Island Recreation Area located?

The Blanchard Island Recreation Area is located at 34000 176Th Ave. W. in New Boston,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Blanchard Island Recreation Area have tent or RV camping?

Blanchard Island Recreation Area offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 563-263-7913 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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