Hanover Parks and Recreation

There are presently two parks in Hanover. Speer Park is on the north side of the Apple River and offers picnic tables, a pavilion, and a playground. White Park, located on the south side of the Apple River, has picnic tables, a pavilion and a playground. Fast-water fishing is available below the Crescent Falls Dam.

A third park, Veterans Memorial Park, located near the River Ridge School, is being developed. This park, which will include 5 monuments and a pavilion, is the result of a community effort spearheaded by citizens organized as the Veterans Memorial Committee.

Blanding's Landing Recreation Area is located on the Mississippi River between Hanover and Galena, about 7 miles from Hanover. It offers picnic tables, grills, playgrounds, restrooms, showers, a boat landing, fish-cleaning tables and camping.

There are two Illinois State Parks in the vicinity of Hanover: Mississippi Palisades State Park, roughly 13 miles south on Hwy 84 and Apple River Canyon State Park, about 25 miles northeast between Apple River and Stockton.

Community Events
Hanover Days, held annually at White Park in early July, offers a number of festivities for the entire family, including a beef roast, ice cream social and calliope music, parade, canoe race, high school band and choir concert, fireworks, dance at the fire station, pancake breakfast, 3 on 3 basketball and a golf tournament at the Storybook County Club.

In September of each year the community hosts Mallardfest, a two-day event held at White Park. This festival, the world's only Mallardfest, is a combination of an old-fashioned town picnic on the banks of the Apple River, with great event for yound and old alike including arts and crafts, mallardfest parade, duck calling contests, Ducks Unlimited auction and much more.

Whistling Wings - the world's largest Mallard hatchery, raises over 200,000 ducks annually and ships world-wide to restaurants, refuges, and research facilities. The public can see new ducklings and a video. Their retail shop has fresh frozen and smoked mallards as well as other game, eggs, live ducks and guano.

There are two campgrounds in the immediate Hanover area. Blanding's Landing Recreation Area (described above) and Old Blanding's Landing Tavern and Campground one mile from Blanding's Landing. In addition to a campground, Old Blanding's Landing offers bait, a tavern and restaurant. The campground has hook-ups for electricity, sewer and water.

The Mississippi Palisades State Park, 13 miles south Hanover, offers camping facilities with 241 tent and trailer sites, 8 miles of hiking trails, and free boat launching ramps.

Golfing - The Storybook Country Club, just south of Hanover, is an eighteen-hole course on rolling hills which offers a driving range, carts, and equipment rental.

Scenic Drives - Blackjack Road, between Hanover and Galena, is a winding road ideal for a leisurely scenic drive. The Great River Road, Illinois 84, which runs through the village, begins in Minneapolis/St Paul and runs to the Gulf of Mexico. It is a nationally designated scenic route.

Restaurants - There are seven restaurants in or near Hanover: Bootlegger Saloon, Dee Dee's Pizza Parlor, hanover Cafe, Mill City Tavern, Old Blanding's tavern, Storybook Country Club and the Viking Inn.

Skiing - Chestnut Mountain Resort overlooks the Mississippi River just a few miles northwest of Hanover. The resort has 19 ski runs, two quads and one triple chairlifts, five tow ropes, sow-making equipment, ski rental and night skiing. Chestnut Mountain is a full-service resort with 119 units, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, miniature golf, mountain bike rental, tennis courts, badminton, Alpine slide, hiking trails, game room and playroom.

Galena - 17 miles to the morthwest, is the second most visited tourist site in Illinois after Chicago. Galena has numerous historic sites, many shops offering a wide variety of products and a wide variety of activities for tourists and visitors.

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