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    A Message from Tom

tom heimsoth Hello Everyone,

As we close out another boating season, I wanted to send everyone a brief note to say "Thank You" for making this year such a success and ask you to help us plan for next year. While this year has been challenging for almost everyone, we did enjoy some truly memorable events and welcomed some wonderful people to our resort. Like most resorts, Heritage Harbor has had to recalibrate and strategize as we navigate our way through some very turbulent waters. We have made some important improvements this year and more are on their way.

We value your friendship and truly appreciate your enthusiasm. As we plan 2011, we are anxious to get your "expert opinion". We have surveyed you on the Marina and your boating needs in recent editions of the "Harbor Happenings". This week we are looking for your opinion on activities, homes, and amenities. Your survey will be anonymous and will serve as valuable guidance for our resort.

We are grateful for your continued support and we continue to strive to deliver the best marina resort community in the entire Midwest!


Please click here to fill out the survey.

    A Note From Linda at Quest WaterSports

linda What are your plans for 2011?

  • Buying a larger boat
  • Down sizing to a smaller boat?
  • Selling your boat
  • Keeping your existing boat but curious of value

Don't wait until you are heading off to the Chicago Boat Show or ready to cut the deal of a lifetime - get your estimated trade and market value now -before you really need it. Quest WaterSports will be conducting complimentary Trade & Market Evaluations (a $99.00 value) during the entire month of November. Quest WaterSports will be glad to give you a thorough and fair "Trade-in Evaluation*." and/or "Brokerage Evaluation*". Our professionally trained sales staff and technicians will evaluate your boat and insure you get the maximum used boat value. As experienced boat brokers, we are adept at valuing every make and model of boat... considering appraised value, your boat's model, age, options and condition. Call us today for complimentary evaluation!

*This Evaluation value is to be used as a guide only, this value is subject to change based on a mechanical inspection. A full mechanical inspection will be necessary to award "Trade Approved Status" or "Brokerage Ready Status".


Linda Johnson                    
Quest Watersports                    
    We Want Your Opinion!

Your Feedback Is Important to Us

As we continue to grow and improve we want to make sure we are paying attention to the advice of our Heritage Harbor friends. We have made great progress this year and we will make even more in 2011. Please take a few moments to respond to this very brief survey as it will help us to deliver the very best marina resort community in the entire Midwest.

Thank you very much for your "expert opinion"!

Please click here to take the survey.

    New Facebook Page

Check out our new Facebook page

If you are a Facebook devotee then we invite you to visit our new Facebook page. We have launched this new page so that we can stay in touch with all of our friends throughout the year. We will have regular daily updates and great new content. We will have photos, videos, events and more!

Simply click on the Facebook link below... Log into Facebook... you will then be directed to our new page... then click on "Like this page". We look forward to seeing you there!

Please click here to view our new Facebook Page.

    On the Horizon
Christmas in Illinois Dinner Talk Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 - Call for times

Hank's Farm Restaurant, Rt IL 71, Ottawa, IL 61350 Join the Book Mouse at Hank's Farm Restaurant to hear guest speaker and author James Ballowe, as he shares stories from his wonderful book "Christmas In Illinois". The $50 fee includes a signed copy of the book and a delicious meal.

Holiday Housewalk Sunday, November 14th 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

It's never too early to start thinking about the holidays. Tour five area homes (including one of our resident's homes in Heritage Harbor!), beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Tickets are available at ORH Gift Shoppe, ReRuns and local businesses. Tickets $15 No admittance without ticket. For Housewalk information, call 815-434-3411.

Click here for more info.

Ottawa Regional Hospital Auxiliary Annual Holiday Gift & Craft Show Sunday, November 14th 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall | 401 West Main Street o Ottawa IL Free admission Come check out the local crafts and holiday gift ideas.

Click here for more info.

Ottawa's Festival of Lights Nov 26th-28th

The annual Festival of Lights parade will be on Friday November 26th at 6 pm.

Celebrate this festive season, come and enjoy downtown Ottawa as it gets all spruced up for the holidays

Ottawa Downtown Merchants' Holiday Events Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 , 10am - 2pm

The Ottawa Downtown Merchants continue the holiday festivities on Saturday, November 27th with live reindeer by Santa's House (10:00 - 11:00am), Christmas Carolers (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) and horse drawn carriage rides. Come to enjoy the festivities and browse the unique shops in Downtown Ottawa to find that perfect holiday gift. Kids, don't forget SANTA will be in his house from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on the corner of Jackson and LaSalle Streets!

These Shining Lives Play Dec. 3, 2010 - Dec. 5, 2010, Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm, and Sunday 2:30 pm

Ottawa Township High School Auditorium, 211 E. Main St, Ottawa

Willey World Productions presents "These Shining Lives", a play portraying the true story of the Depression-era working women, who came in contact with radium while working in the Radium Dial Factory located in Ottawa, IL. This story shows you the trials and tribulations many young women suffered as a result to the radium exposure. Call the Ottawa Visitors Center to reserve your tickets today! $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 w/student ID.

OTTAWA ICE ODYSSEY Dec. 11, 2010 10:00am - 4:00pm

Make this spectacular Ottawa festival a new Holiday Tradition for you and yours! Experience the amazing art of ICE SCULPTING as you stroll the downtown streets with your family! Watch first hand, as artists carve ordinary blocks of ice into whimsical holiday visions! Also, be sure to stop in to Jeremiah Joe Coffee to browse the Christmas Farmers Market & Holiday Bazaar. CHAOS will be holding a make and take ornament at their Columbus St location. Visit the website for more information. Free Admission. For more information, call the Ottawa Visitor Center at (815) 434-2737.

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 18, 2010 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Join the jolliest man himself, as well as Mrs. Claus for a breakfast buffet. Following breakfast you'll be treated to a presentation of "Magic by Cory" and a visit by "Grace" a white tailed deer. Starved Rock Lodge, early reservations recommended. 800-868-7625, ext 386.

    Illinois River Water Level
    Crawdad's Bar and Grill

Crawdad's has closed after a very successful and enjoyable year. We had a great time with great meals, music and merriment.

We look forward to
seeing you all next Spring!
    Home Port

Holiday House Walk

Sunday, November 14th

Heritage Harbor Ottawa is pleased to announce that one of the homes featured in this year's Holiday Housewalk, benefiting the Ottawa Regional Hospital Auxiliary will be our very own Harry & Ann Hultgren.

The Hultgren family hails from LaGrange, Illinois and according to Ann & Harry they love to get away from their hectic week and relax in their home at Heritage Harbor. The Hultgren family chose Heritage Harbor for the beautiful homes, breath-taking scenery, and all that the area has to offer... from golfing, kayaking, and cross country skiing to plays, farmers markets and festivals. They have truly embraced Starved Rock Country.

The Hultgren house will be decked out for the holidays and you can take this opportunity to come see their beautiful home and everything Heritage Harbor Ottawa has to offer.

Tickets $15 No admittance without ticket. For House walk information, call 815-434-3411.

Harry and Ann are just one example of the many wonderful folks who own a home at Heritage Harbor. We are extremely grateful to have such a fantastic group of homeowners. We thought you might want to read what our home owners have to say about living at Heritage Harbor:

"A low maintenance getaway not far from home in beautiful surroundings" "Heritage Harbor is where we kick back and relax after a long week" - Harry & Ann H.

"We had been talking about buying a vacation home for a while but our main concern was travel time. Originally, we were looking in the Geneva or Delavan Wisconsin area. Because we wanted activities that we could take advantage of in both the summer and winter months. But, we were still looking for something a little closer. Heritage Harbor was our answer. It is only one hour from our home in Downers Grove! It has the Illinois River, Starved Rock, the I&M Canal, and the downtown area of Ottawa which can be enjoyed year round. Each weekend is a different experience" - Dan & Julie M.

"We like the long term vision of the project where you can enjoy the tranquility of looking at the river and the social aspect of the marina, the pool and the restaurant" - Jim & Laurie R.

"The benefit of a home in Heritage Harbor is not just investing in memories but also it is a good real estate investment on the water" - John & Christina V.

"My experience is in Ottawa has been very fulfilling. I have always wanted to have a property with river access. I grew up in Peoria on the river and now that I live in Chicago I can maintain contact with friends and family have a place to entertain. Additionally, I have found the people of the surrounding communities very friendly." - Tom S.

"Everything is wonderful at Heritage Harbor, some times I have to pinch myself because I can't believe I'm living here" - Laura S.

Come for a tour of Heritage Harbor and see "first hand" what they are talking about!

    Heritage Harbor Marina


We brought out our lederhosen, grabbed our beer steins, and put up our beers as we toasted a great season and had a lot of cheers! The Annual Oktoberfest at Deer Park Country Club this past weekend was enjoyed by all who attended. In addition, we were able to spend a special German birthday with our friend, Dana Redding. It truly was a great way to close out October!

Heritage Harbor Apparel

The boating season is almost over but that doesn't mean that you can't "sport" your Heritage Harbor apparel all winter long.

Questions? Call Kelli at (815)431-8236 or

    Starved Rock Country
As part of the Adventure Lifestyle available at Heritage Harbor Ottawa we strive to connect our homeowners, boaters, and guests with some unique experiences that are exclusive to our area here in "Starved Rock Country".

Did You Know...Ottawa is the Birthplace of Scouting in America?

On February 8, 1910, William D. Boyce of Ottawa incorporated the Boy Scouts of America - launching the organization which has since meant so much to generations of American youth.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nations largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Ottawa is home to one of our nation's premier Scouting museums, the Ottawa Scouting Museum, which commemorates the history of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. It was founded to promote and preserve the colorful and proud traditions of Boy Scouting, Girl Scouting and Camp Fire, via exhibition of the past of these organizations with memorabilia from its vast collection, and the development of a variety of educational programs for all youth.

In June of 2010 more than 500 attendees help to make the Ottawa Scouting Museums "Scout Homecoming" a success celebrating 100 years of scouting.

The Ottawa Scouting Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; all of these hours are currently staffed by volunteers and has an aggressive activity program consisting of 13 events for youth, a For Adults Only program, a Trail Ways System and annual fund raising events. (Most sessions are free to the public),

Activities offered by the museum are open to ALL youth in the community regardless of affiliation with scouting.

Upcoming event: Santa's Surprise Workshop: Dec. 12, 2010 fee is $6.00/youth
Registration Deadline: December 6th
Contact information: Ottawa Scouting Museum, 1100 Canal Street, Ottawa, IL 61350.
Call 815/431-9353 Executive Director Mollie Perrot,

You and your group/family are invited to participate in ALL the activities!

Special Savings on Massage

Does this time of year feel like a giant weight on your shoulders?

Between the planning, shopping, cooking, and family get-togethers... you could use some "Me" time Why not schedule an hour long massage and pamper yourself... and for a limited time you do it for less.

Treat yourself to a relaxing, rejuvenating one-hour massage during the month of November for only $55.00.

Massage therapist, Denise Zitoun would like to help relieve your stress and offer you an exclusive $10.00 savings.

To schedule your massage on a Saturday morning, please call the Sales Office at (815) 433-5000. Tammy and Janet will be happy to book your appointment.

For more information about area activities and services check out the Heritage Harbor Ottawa blog.

    The Adventure Lifestyle

Hunting Opportunities in Starved Rock Country

The diversity of Starved Rock Country provides ample opportunities for hunting a variety of species in Illinois. From ducks to deer, the majestic landscape of Illinois has a variety of hunting experiences available.

For hunters just getting started, finding and taking a hunter safety course is required by law for persons born after January 1, 1980. Hunters will learn about safety, ethics and many of the skills to become a successful hunter. After taking the course, a person should learn how to use their hunting weapon and practice with it often until they are proficient in using it. Anyone born after January 1, 1980, will need to have a copy of the Hunter Safety Education Certificate available while hunting.

In Illinois you can hunt deer, turkey, upland/small game species, migratory waterfowl/dove/game birds and furbearers.

If hunting for wild game birds is your sport then Starved Rock Country is just where you want to be, particularly through the fall and winter seasons. Many companies and businesses enjoy group hunting outings as well as families who wish to hunt and capture turkey or pheasant for their holiday meals. No matter what your personal or business desires, there are hunting spots in or near Ottawa, Illinois that can accommodate your wild bird game hunting needs.

As the most sought after game animal in North America, the Whitetail Deer has always intrigued both hunters and non-hunters alike. Today, the whitetail is the most widespread deer in the world. The lifespan of a whitetail is 11 to 12 years but most free-roaming deer never live that long; they are hit by cars, succumb to disease, killed by predators or shot by hunters. Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that maintains the health and abundance of game species and the balance of our natural resources. Hunters play an important role in managing wildlife. There are specific hunting seasons throughout the year for different species. Be sure to check with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for seasonal dates. If you want to know where you can hunt there are a variety of hunting clubs and designated areas in Starved Rock Country.

Illinois River Adventures

Illinois River Adventures is a new hunt club that recently opened in our area. Owner, Paul Mustered has access to approximately 1,000 acres of hunting grounds for upland and wetland bird hunting, as well as, deer, turkey & pheasant hunting. This premier hunting land is located throughout LaSalle, Bureau & Putnam County. Illinois River Adventures offers private events for hunters that live both locally and in the Chicagoland Market. For more information about scheduling a hunting adventure contact Paul at or 708-557-1663

Vermilion River Outfitters

Located in North Central Illinois about 90 miles (1 1/2 hrs) southwest of the Chicago area in LaSalle County offering Archery Deer Hunting, Spring Wild Turkey Hunting, Semi-Guided Hunts, and Lodging. Located between the Illinois and Vermilion Rivers near Starved Rock State Park. Call (815) 252-1192 or click here for more info

IDNR has Public Hunting Areas designated at many of the IDNR site. Site specific permits are required to hunt in most of these areas. Check out the Hunter Harvest results from the previous hunting season on public land sites. Hunting is also allowed on private land with the permission of the landowner.

So now that you know what to hunt and where to go... you need to know what to bring... So here is a list:

  • Hunting license, permits, habitat stamp
  • Hunter safety course certificate if born after January 1, 1980
  • 2 pair of boots (waterproof)
  • Camo clothing (warm & cold)
  • Rain gear, hand warmers/heat packs
  • Weaponry, ammo, arrows, broad heads, target points (as applicable)
  • Safety belt/harness (mandatory)
  • Deer or Turkey calls, scents, quality binoculars, decoys, etc.
  • Scent Loc suit (recommended)
  • Knives, camo paint or facemask, flashlight & batteries, coolers (for your kill)
  • Camera & film, cell phones do work in the area

But most importantly bring your sense of adventure...

"Life is an Adventure... Live it Here!

    Quest Watersports Winterizing & Storage

quest Winterizing & Storage

Make your plans now by contacting Jim at Quest Watersports 815-433-2200.

    Quest Watersports Boat of the Week

boat of the week Hey Snowbirds Need an Outboard to Take With YOU!!

2009 STARCRAFT 1700

Dual Console Fiberglass, O/B Bow Rider, Quick Planing and Superb Agility for All Types of Water Fun.

Light Weight, Easy to Tow, Family Boat With lots of interior Room.

Big Boat Features and Performance at an Economy Boat Price!

A great trailerable boat... you won't even know you are pulling it.

New Inventory will be arriving so Non-currents must go!!

Call now for End of Season Closeout Pricing!

Please call Dave or Linda for pricing.

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