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The Lifestyle

Heritage Harbor is being developed in the traditions of America's finest resort communities. Here, quality of life is not measured just in amenities, but in the careful balance of private and public spaces, the integration of nature, and the focus on family and community. Heritage Harbor gives you more to do, and more time to spend with your family.

People embrace the richness of our area, outdoor recreational opportunities, access to natural resources, a sense of community they find lacking in bigger suburban or urban areas, and a nostalgic reverence for a less complicated way of life they remember from earlier in their lives. They are looking to engage, explore and expand their horizons. They are seeking a connection to something that seems familiar while yearning to explore new activities. Experiences that fit your passions are waiting for you.

Our guests can explore the very best that Starved Rock Country has to offer. Everything from boating, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing, and even white-water rafting to off-road ATV riding, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding...even sky diving is available! Our resident's also enjoy taking part in some more relaxing activities like bird-watching, yoga, theater, concerts, volunteerism, swimming, and nature photography...these activities are all available in our area... it is a perfect balance between recreation and relaxation.

There is so much to do and it is all right here. You can go out on a new adventure every day...And after a full day you will return back to "base camp" to relax, rejuvenate, and relive your day's adventures.

Heritage Harbor Ottawa can be home port for your next great adventure!

Community Features

Community within a Community

A Community within a Community

It's no wonder Ottawa has embraced Heritage Harbor. By maintaining its commitment to environment, history and community, Ottawa has avoided the unsustainable path of other communities by resisting big box stores, suburban sprawl and economic dislocation.

Conservation Cove

Conservation Cove

This sheltered area is the perfect spot for an intimate view of Ottawa's wildlife. Here you're likely to see egrets and herons wading in the shallow water, and perhaps an eagle perched on a high branch. Even a giant white pelican, unmistakable with its 8 to 10-foot wingspread, might pause here on the way to its Canadian summer home.

Heritage Harbor Marina

Heritage Harbor Marina

Whether you prefer to launch or to lunch, the marina services at Heritage Harbor make it a breeze. With our ship's store, this full-service marina can have your boat docked, stocked and river-ready when you are.-

Tracy's Boat House

Tracy's Boat House

Our marina-side restaurant will allow you to host special events or simply enjoy the best sunsets in all of Illinois. The entertainment, food and drinks will keep you coming back.

Harbor Walk

Harbor Walk

Past the lights of Harbor Town and the sparkling Marina, through charming residential neighborhoods and along the shore to the sandy beach, the entire community will be linked by this wide, paved trail. Designed for walking and biking, the trail will also provide a place for neighbors to meet.

Quest Express Boat Club

Quest Express Boat Club

If you are just getting back into boating or if you have always wanted to learn how, Quest Express makes it easy. Education, instruction and convenience...with a variety of boats to choose from, all you have to do is climb aboard.

I&M Canal Trail

I&M Canal Trail

The I&M Canal National Historic Corridor, part of the US National Park Service, is a vital part of American history. It combines a collection of state and local parks, historic sites and museums into a 61-mile attraction with paths for hiking, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Harbor Pool

Harbor Pool

Grab a lounge chair and take in the fantastic view of boats entering the harbor, enjoy a cocktail from the poolside service crew, and bask in the warm sun while enjoying one of Heritage Harbor's finest amenities.

Special Events

Special Events

Heritage Harbor features special events throughout the year...Sunset Showcase, Venetian Night, Wine Tastings, and even a Ducky Derby...there is always something happening at Heritage Harbor.

Relaxation

Relaxation

Imagine how relaxing it would be to enjoy a therapeutic massage with a view of the harbor in the background. Make your appointment today!

Private Island & Beach

Private Island & Beach

While proudly flying your Heritage Harbor burgee, you may spend the day at South Beach. Our private beach is nestled among the south bank of the Illinois River.

Wakeboarding & Waterskiing

Some of the areas finest wakeboard and water-skiing takes place on the Illinois River. Heritage Harbor is home to River Games a wakeboard festival with demonstrations and free clinics.

Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball

Get your game on - whether it's a pick-up game or organized fun -- sand volleyball is sure to attract your competitive side.

Kayak & Canoe

Kayak & Canoe

Kayaking and canoeing are at their best here in Starved Rock Country with the Illinois and Fox Rivers you'll find scenic waterfalls and breath-taking views while enjoying an afternoon workout.

Picnic Grove

Picnic Grove

Nestled on the north bank of the east peninsula this sandy beach area is ready for a castle building, a bon fire or just a simple picnic lunch. A scavenger hunt may even be a must.

Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park

Visit historic Starved Rock State park. Over two million visitors per year visit Illinois' first state park. Hike along 15 miles of trails with lush vegetation & abundant wildlife.

Buffalo Rock State Park

Buffalo Rock State Park

So named because (legend has it) the area once served as a "blind canyon" where Indians ran buffalo for capture, this 298-acre park has long been a natural favorite.

Hunting

Starved Rock Country is one of the best regions in the entire Midwest for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and bird hunting. We can refer you to the best outfitters and guides.

Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park

This hidden treasure is comprised of nearly 2,000 acres of prairies, bluff and deep ravine forests, as well as sandstone canyons cut by the still-rushing Vermilion River. A truly unique and memorable view of Starved Rock Country.

Fishing near Ottawa, IL

Fishing

As you can imagine, fishing is very popular throughout Starved Rock Country. From Marseilles to Spring Valley, you can catch your limit of walleye, sauger, bass and more.

Sky Dive Chicago

Sky Dive Chicago

One of the premier sky diving facilities in the entire US is only minutes away. You can learn and jump...or you can sit back at the restaurant and enjoy the view.

Explore Nature in Starved Rock Country

Explore Nature

Nature and wildlife are in abundance all around you. In winter there is eagle watching, white-tail deer and snow egrets are sure to be spotted close by, in Spring catch the pelicans migrating and heron making their return in summer catch a turtle basking in the hot sun in Conservation Cove....

ATV & Off Road

There are several local destinations that allow you to go "off road". Whether you are looking to take it easy or hit the throttle...Starved Rock Country is renowned for its terrain.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

Think you have to go to Colorado to catch some of the best whitewater rafting, think again, catch a group and head for the Vermillion River where you'll experience some of the best whitewater rafting the region has to offer.

Ride to the Rock

Hop on your Harley and tour Starved Rock Country with its winding roads and scenic vistas. Taking a "ride to the rock" is one of the most popular day trips for riders in Northern Illinois.

Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness

Grab your organic produce, handmade soap on Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market and then experience yoga class at one of the many studios in the area.

Winter Fun

Winter Fun

The toboggan hill at Allen Park, Cross Country Skiing at Matthiessen State Park, or snowmobiling on the I&M Canal are just a few of the winter adventures waiting to be experienced in Starved Rock Country.

River Tours

If you want a truly unique way to enjoy Starved Rock Country, why not try a River Tour? The Belle of the Rock and the Spirit of Peoria can transport you down river for a great adventure while it transports you back in time. You can see the river valley like they did 100 years ago!

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