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Category: Crawdad’s Bar and Grill

Thanks For An Amazing Year !!!!!

This past year has blessed the Heritage Harbor Ottawa family with many memorable moments and many new friends. We have had a wonderful year in 2010.

From the Boat Show… to the “Toast of the Town”… to the unveiling of the new Pool… “Sunset Showcase”… Island Party… River Games… Venetian Night… ArtiniFest… Chilifest… and more…

Ducky Derby 2010
It has been a year filled with great memories.

We look forward to 2011 with great anticipation. The newly improved restaurant  will be making its debut .

We have several new homeowners preparing to join our community and many of our boaters already signed up and ready to “launch” as soon as boating season returns.

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Starved Rock Country is beautiful in the winter. We encourage you to enjoy the local events or make a special winter getaway. Our welcome center will be open (except for Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day) and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Happy Holidays from your friends at Heritage Harbor Ottawa!

What’s It Like To Live Here?

The homeowner experience at Heritage Harbor is something that we are very proud of.  Although we can tell you all about the area and the homes  we thought it would be better to let some of current homeowners share their experience in their own words. So in case you were wondering what it is like to own a home at Heritage Harbor Ottawa and the adventure lifestyle that is available in Starved Rock Country. Here are just a few of the testimonials…


“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.

Welcome Home!

“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.

More than enough room to entertain

“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!

” Life is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

Crawdad’s Bar & Grill

What could be better than good food, a refreshing drink, and a breathtaking view?
Stop by Crawdad’s for dinner, bring the family and watch the boats.

Crawdad’s offers exceptional pub food with a twist. So grab your friends and stop by after work or this weekend. You can sit on the deck or enjoy the view from inside the screened in restaurant.

Offering weekend food & drink specials, plus their own signature drink the Crawdad’s Breeze.

Crawdad’s is Open Wednesday – Sunday throughout the boating season.
Check out the entertainment schedule posted in the Harbor Happenings Newsletter.

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The Odd Couple

Starring Ottawa native Walt Willey from All My Children, come see The Odd Couple in Ottawa.


Harbor Lights – The Perfect Setting

When the setting must reflect the importance of the occasion, the facilities at Heritage Harbor Ottawa’s Harbor Lights should be your first choice. The boat offers the perfect setting for showers, parties, business meetings, sport outings or any social event.  Our chef and event coordinator provide expert consultation assisting you in planning every facet of your event. With the ability to accommodate anywhere from 10 to 100 guests, we can cater most meetings or events desired.  Plan your next event with Heritage Harbor Ottawa and see for yourself that we are the Illinois Valley’s premier meeting destination.




Crawdad’s is the place to be!

A perfect combination of great food in a great location…that’s Crawdad’s.  Overlooking Illinois’ finest marina, Crawdad’s at Heritage Harbor Ottawa is open to the public for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays from May through October.  Join Chef Bear and his crew for a Harbor Burger, a Gulf Shrimp Po Boy, or the best, darned pulled pork sandwich around.

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The best sunsets in the midwest can be seen from the deck at Crawdad’s

Looking west from the deck at Crawdad’s Bar & Grill at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, you’re likely to catch one of the most beautiful sunsets in the midwest.  Ottawa, Illinois’ sunsets are a big secret around these parts, but the word’s getting out.  Visitors are flocking from Chicago and its suburbs to Heritage Harbor Ottawa because it’s only a little over an hour away, and just minutes from Starved Rock State Park. 

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Welcome Chef Bear

Welcome Chef Barry (Bear) Brooks! It’s been a long wait but well worth it. Chef Bear comes to Heritage Harbor Ottawa with an impressive resume, holding positions such as Executive Chef at Ranch de Los Caballeros in Wickenburg, AZ and Corporate Chef at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, just 10 miles from Ottawa, Illinois. He also spent two years as the private chef for the Rockefeller family. He plans on serving creations such as grilled chicken wraps, tossed greens with sugarcane shrimp, and slowed cooked pork with mango sauce, just to name a few…

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