The Illinois River is not only a working river, but a wonderful place to play, offering more than you might think.
The waterway is heavily used by barges’ transporting bulk goods, but it is also a wonderful recreation area. The beautiful shoreline, sand beaches, rock cliffs (including Starved Rock and Buffalo Rock State Parks), hideaways and multiple food & beverage destinations.
This historic river defines our community and at Heritage Harbor Ottawa we take pride in the opportunities the Illinois River has to offer. It has served as the main artery for life in this part of Illinois.
As one of the hottest fishing destinations in the Midwest the Illinois River has numerous species abound, especially bass, walleye, sauger & catfish. Several species of migrating waterfowl and other wildlife make their home in the wetland and forest habitats along its banks.
The waters of the Illinois River are a great place to watch the changing seasons and enjoy the brilliant autumn colors, and it forms part of a modern waterway that connects the Great Lakes at Chicago to the Mississippi River
Heritage Harbor Marina is the perfect place to access the Illinois River and start your next great adventure. Whether it is a day trip along our local waters or cruising the Great Loop , life on the water can offer an adventure like no other.
The Adventure Lifestyle awaits you in the heart of Starved Rock Country at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.