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“Living the Harbor Life”

“ “Living the Harbor Life” signifies the natural beauty, fun-filled activities, friendly neighbors, and the inviting relaxed lifestyle at Heritage Harbor on the Illinois River in Ottawa.   “

“Living the Harbor Life” reaches its apex at Pinnacle Pointe, the waterfront custom homesites at Heritage Harbor on the Illinois River in Ottawa 

“Living the Harbor Life” signifies the natural beauty, fun-filled activities, friendly neighbors, and the inviting relaxed lifestyle at Heritage Harbor on the Illinois River in Ottawa.   

Buyers who have been looking for the ideal place to build their custom vacation home or permanent residence in an exceptional setting have been driving sales at Pinnacle Pointe, an upscale enclave on the East Peninsula.  Almost half of the 23 premium homesites have already been sold, and interest is intense. 

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It’s Happening at the Harbor

“ The sultry sweet days of summer are here to stay, and we want to know how YOU plan on spending them at the harbor! “

The sultry sweet days of summer are here to stay, and we want to know how YOU plan on spending them at the harbor!  We are open for the season, we and cannot wait to make memories with you. Whether you intend to spend the long, sunny days on the water or on land, we have plenty to keep you occupied.

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New Waterfront Homes Now Available in The Boat-House Micro-Neighborhood

“ The New Boat-House micro-neighborhood connects the themes of boating essentials and living on the water’s edge, to easy access to boat slips and planned kayak launch “

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A new micro-neighborhood of only 12 ranch and two-story, low-maintenance homes are NOW AVAILABLE. Built along Heritage Harbor’s award-winning marina and based upon water enthusiasts’ desire to connect with water, these homes are a boater’s dream.  

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Agrihoods: A Growing Movement in Real Estate

“ Agrihoods are a unique style of neighborhood that combines real estate with agriculture in an urban setting. “

Agrihoods are a unique style of neighborhood that combines real estate with agriculture in an urban setting. These highly sought-after neighborhoods are popping up all over, and Heritage Harbor in Ottawa, Illinois is proud to announce one of their own! The Farmscape at Heritage Harbor will be the first of it’s kind in Starved Rock Country, offering residents the benefits that accompany spending time outdoors growing and harvesting healthy, nourishing food just a few steps from their front doors.

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T.H.A.N.K.S

The Heritage Harbor team give THANKS for YOU!!!

The Heritage Harbor team give THANKS for YOU!!! Our beloved harbor wouldn’t be the same without each of the individuals who make up the ‘Harbor Crew.’ Here are just a few of the ways we want to express our THANKS during this holiday season.

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Illinois Residents Fleeing the State…Or Not? #family #enjoyillinois

With so much negative news in the press, it can be hard to know what news to trust. Believe what you will, what we know here at Heritage Harbor is that there have been record sales on homes and vacation rentals this year.  Many people are deciding to retire and settle down close to family, and that means staying in-state.  At just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago, Heritage Harbor and Starved Rock Country are a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Could this be the life you searching for?

“See why people are flocking to Heritage Harbor – The Hidden Gem of the Midwest”

An ideal day looks unique for different people; however, there are a few key underlying elements that tend to be similar. At the heart of what people are drawn to are the lifegiving aspects of connection, nature, and living an active life full of purpose. A life lived with passion and purpose is attractive, inspiring, and highly sought-after. A quick 90-minute drive leads you from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago to the refreshing waterfront community of Heritage Harbor in the heart of Starved Rock Country. We recognize what your soul is searching for and can’t wait to share the Harbor Life with you!

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Right-Size Your Lifestyle at Heritage Harbor

The Harbor Life at Heritage Harbor encourages community and life enjoyment for all.

With the almost cult-following recent television series such as Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and Tiny House, Big Living among others have acquired, people are looking to ‘Right-Size’ their lifestyles.  Clearing out the excess possessions as well as square-footage are goals of many people searching to minimize the stress of homeownership while at the same time maximizing enjoyment of life. Explore our community by visiting https://www.visitheritageharbor.com/community/

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You’ll want to be caught in THIS loop!

“We were not out of the lock until after dark. The marina had a guide boat lead us into the harbor, provided us with a late dinner, and exceeded all of our expectations. This is one excellent marina.” -sminard 

If you haven’t yet heard of the Great Loop, it is a continuous waterway including part of the Atlantic, Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, Canadian Heritage Canals, and the inland rivers of America’s heartland.   Any mariner who completes the full journey officially earns the ‘Looper’ title. 

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Heritage Harbor Ottawa parkrun


“Searching for a fun and active way to spend a Saturday morning? Come try out parkrun at Heritage Harbor! .”


Searching for a fun and active way to spend a Saturday morning? Come try out parkrun at Heritage Harbor!

What is parkrun? It’s a free, weekly 5km timed run open to everyone. parkrun events are hosted all over the world, and visitors travel far and wide to participate in events in different locations.

Heritage Harbor is the first and currently the only parkrun event location in Illinois. Heritage Harbor parkrun is conveniently situated only 90 minutes from Chicago. We have welcomed parkrunners from several countries abroad including England, South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Australia, and Ireland.


Every Saturday morning at 9:00am, participants and volunteers gather at Heritage Harbor, 2 Great Loop West, Ottawa, IL to enjoy this free event. See our course page for more details. There is no cost to participate, but please complete a one-time registration before your first run. Don’t forget to bring your printed barcode to ensure your finish time is recorded.


parkrun is uniquely inclusive, and all ages and fitness levels are welcome. parkrun draws all types of people, and the comradery is really a draw for many people. We’d love to have you join us for an active Saturday morning run/walk and invite you to stay for a post parkrun coffee at the Red Dog Grill. We look forward to welcoming you next weekend!


Have you been to a parkrun at Heritage Harbor? Tell us about your experience. Comment Below

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