Our Story

Heritage Harbor features elegant homes, walk-able neighborhoods,
a world-class marina, dining, activities, adventure
and amenities. Heritage Harbor is “pocket neighborhoods”,
“traditional neighborhood designs”, and inspired architecture.

Heritage Harbor Ottawa will be the premier, marina resort community in the Midwest. We are dedicated to generating exciting ownership opportunities for our customers and exciting stays for our guests. Heritage Harbor Ottawa will be the place where memories of family and fun will be created that will last for generations.

The initial and driving force behind Heritage Harbor is Tom Heimsoth.

As tomTom Heimsoth was the initial and driving force behind the development of Heritage Harbor. After a successful career as a software entrepreneur he was seeking a new challenge. Tom had often enjoyed visiting many of the premier resort destinations found in the Midwest. Raising his family and living in the area his whole life, Tom recognized that Chicago area residents had a very limited selection of options for “getting away”. Southwest Michigan, Wisconsin, and Galena were all becoming increasingly more inaccessible and congested.


At the crossing of two rivers and less than 90 minutes from downtown Chicago, Tom saw a historic Illinois town located in an area with unparalleled natural beauty of Starved Rock Country and a community where life was a lot like it used to be. He envisioned a place where families and friends could come together to make lasting memories. And he saw the magnificent waterfront parcel that would soon become the finest resort community in the Midwest.

With Tom’s vision guiding our team, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is being developed in the finest tradition of some of America’s most iconic and memorable communities. We believe that a sense of “community” has more to do with quality than with quantity and we strive to see that value reflected in everything we do. Whether our customer is a passionate boater, a full-time resident or simply seeking to spend the weekends at a vacation cottage, we want Heritage Harbor to be the place they call “home”. Heritage Harbor features elegant homes, walk-able neighborhoods, an incomparable marina, dining, activities, adventure and amenities. We create “pocket neighborhoods” using “Traditional Neighborhood Development” practices, and inspired architecture.

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It’s more than year-round recreation, natural beauty and access
to one of Illinois’ best-kept secrets it’s a place you’ll want to call home.

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 Land Plan

Heritage Harbor Ottawa Site Plan

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!