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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

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421 Great Loop E. Dr.
Ottawa, IL 61350
41° 20' 24.0'', -88° 47' 17.88''
VHF Ch. 16
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
Light rain starting tomorrow night.
47℉SW at 7 knots
Last Updated: Nov 01, 2020

Brand: FS
Gas Regular$3.04
Brand: FS; Octane: 89;
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Status: Open

Heritage Harbor at MM 242 on the Illinois River will remain open to boaters. We ask that boaters comply with "social distancing", and follow protocols to prevent transmission. All facilities are available as normal for the season. We are open 7 days/week. Hours are 9a-5p Sunday-Thursday, and 9a-7p Friday-Saturday.

Last Updated: 2020-06-08 18:34:30 UTC



Just 90-minutes from Chicago, a state-of-the-art marina is ready and waiting to give you the boating experience you’d scarcely dare to dream about in inland Illinois. Positioned on the Illinois Waterway, the Heritage Harbor Marina offers 32 acres of nearly 8-foot deep harbor, boasts a harbor opening width of 200 feet and 140 boat slips ranging between 35 and 60 feet. You’ll enjoy the single-load floating docks, and private dock boxes for each slip. The gorgeous Illinois River provides an incredible backdrop to our amazing resort. Boating, kayaking, fishing, canoeing…just a few ways to explore our incredible slice of Heaven.

Berth Capacity

Linear Docks:295 Feet


Approx. 1.5 Mile downstream of Marseilles Lock at MM 242.2. Marina Entrance is RDB, with signage on both sides of entrance. Once through entryway, dockage is to starboard.
Minimum Approach Depth:6.0 Feet
Minimum Channel Depth:7.0 Feet
Mean Low Water Dock Depth:6.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2020

Fuel Dock:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Maintenance Facility:Yes
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Boat Ramp:Yes
Swimming Pool:Yes
Cable TV on Slips:Yes
Medical Facility:Nearby
Car Rentals:Yes
Bike Rentals:Yes
Closest Airport:68 Miles (Chicago Midway)
Dog Park:Yes
Fitness Center:Nearby
Ship Store:Yes
Max. Vessel LOA:120.0 Feet
Max. Slip Length:60.0 Feet
Max. Slip Width:18.0 Feet
Floating Docks:Yes
Electric Amps:50A or 30A available
Electric Voltage:250/125
Oil Disposal:Yes
Engine Service:Yes
Propeller Service:Yes
Dry Storage:Yes
Winter Storage:Yes
Travel Lift:Yes
Live Aboard:Yes
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Amazing!! I can not say enough about Jeremy and the staff at Heritage Harbor. We have stayed at countless marinas in Florida’s and Bahamas. Never have we met folks so intent on making sure they did everything they could to ensure their guests had a comfortable stay and safe voyage ahead.

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My brother and I left Duluth, MN on 17 Sep 2020 traveling the Great Loop on my Grand Banks 32 woodie... in addition I am quite new with this boat and am learning as I go in this journey. Along the way I have had many issues crop up making each and every day a new experience, many of which involve which marina to spend the night or a couple of days. In my experience, you find boaters are extremely helpful to one another and the marinas on the Illinois River system we are stopping at are staying open late this year as not only has Covid hurt them but the locks were closed from Jul thru the end of Oct. I have river experience having lived on a Chris-Craft 50 for 5 years south of St. Paul, MN - but this adventure is very different than putzing up and down the upper Mississippi where the tow boats are considered children's toys (compared to those starting in St. Louis). Having read about everything I could on what to expect, for the grace of God, we met Mick - a Scotsman who is on his 5th Loop. Mick has become my mentor, one I am following until we go our separate ways at Paducah, KY. At any rate, Mick told me we would be stopping at Heritage Harbor Marina in Ottawa, IL - he told me we would be meeting Jeremy Fowler, the HarborMaster. Jeremy is one of the most knowledgable people I have met on this journey... especially regarding the river system and what to expect. Jeremy provides a free seminar for those heading south - such as us Loopers. He explains what to do when approaching everything from the locks and tows to where to find anchorages and safety zones when approaching a dangerous bend in the river. If you ever have a problem on your journey south you can pick up the phone and give Jeremy a call... odds are he has traveled the area and is abreast of current situations. Beyond Jeremy the Heritage Harbor Marina has every amenity you could want from a great restaurant to courtesy cars. The Team absolutely bend over backwards to make your trip safe and enjoyable... it is "the" place to stop in my opinion. That said if 5X Mick hadn't told me about Heritage Harbor I may have missed it... I can say thank you a hundred times as it was one of our best stops in the past 1450 miles. I highly recommend you spend some time at Heritage Harbor Marina... Jeremy's seminar is alone worth the price.

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We are 15 months into this trip and have stayed at countless marinas from Miami to the Great lakes and we were never taken care of as well as here. Period. Mic drop.

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Great hospitality from the staff and nice facilities. Special thank you to Jeremy for providing us a two hour looper briefing from Ottawa to Kentucky Lakes! Cheers Greg and Cait SV Dragonfly

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Perfect..... staff is great. Jeremy runs a super nice staff and marina love staying at heritage harbor one of our favoite marinas

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Beautiful marina with top notch staff! Don’t forget to get a bite to eat at the Red Dog Grill!!

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We can't say enough great things about Heritage Harbor and their staff! The harbor master, Jeremy was a major help with finding us a captain to help move our boat, and helping to map out the route. His wife, Kristi and son Jacob were also very friendly and helpful too. The staff was great. The marina has beautiful floating docks. There is a very nice restaurant and tiki bar, too. The bathrooms/showers were clean and very nice, with hair dryers available too. Fuel and pump outs available and reasonably priced. We will definitely stop there again!

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I can't say enough about the staff at HHO. We were delayed at the Marseilles Lock and didn't arrive until 10PM. They were aware of our predicament and stayed to make sure we got into a slip safely after a stressful day. Greatly appreciated! We attended the Looper talk with Jeremy and found the information to be very accurate and useful on our trip south. Thank You Jeremy. First class facilities!

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If it possible to give a ten star rating this place earns it!! Great people Great accommodations Great Food and priced to stay a few days!! Thanks Guys!!

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We came in with about 20 loopers all at once every one was met at there slip for tie up help great docks, pool, showers, food, Jeremy and Christy made everyone feel special just a day or a week this is a must stop marina!

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Jeremy (and wife Kristi too) are a true gem on the Illinois River, especially for loopers. Even a boater well experienced ion the Illinois Waterway can learn many things from Jeremy's "Looper Briefing" If you have circled Hoppies as a must-stop, you need to include Heritage for the trip to get to Hoppies. The Marina comes with excellent amenities, great prices, especially with the AGLCA discount. Great showers, restauraunt, and Quest for your mechanical needs. Don't let the lock delays cause you to miss this important stop! !

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Very protected, lovely grounds, great restaurant, Jeremy gives a talk on the next 300 miles of the journey that is extremely informative. Should be a must stop for all.

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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.

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Best experience we have had at a marina! We were sad we were only staying one night. Jeremy and team did a great job bringing in the 4 or 5 boats coming in at the same time. Very professional. It is a great marina and the Red Dog Grill serves great food as well. A wonderful experience!

Marina Response:
We appreciate the awesome review. Thank you for visiting us and sharing in the Harbor Life experience. Safe Travels!
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Heritage Harbor Marina is on our Top 10 list. They are organized, friendly, and knowledgeable. The service they provided is top notch. Laundry was the only thing they did have, but the one in town was nice and clean.

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Heritage Harbor went above and beyond! They greater 12 boats who arrived about 9p. Was very organized and found space for everyone. They even kept the restaurant open late while Jeremy briefed the boaters on the rivers ahead. The marina is wonderful, clean, and plenty of space. Highly recommend staying there!

Marina Response:
Thank you for the awesome review. We appreciate you visiting us and making us part of your journey. The folks at our Harbor really enjoy the comradery shared by the wonderful Great Looper folks like yourselves. Safe Travels
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What a jewel on the Illinois. Great floating docks, well protected, great amenities (shower suites, tiki bar, restaurant Red Dog on property, pool) super friendly and accommodating staff, great briefing on the river by Jeremy, nice courtesy cars,etc. Can't say enough. In fact we extended stay.

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Great marina! Super staff, excellent amenities, reasonable rates.

Marina Response:
Glad you could visit! Thanks for the great review, much appreciated!
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Great place. They treat you right at Heritage Harbor.

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Great friendly staf and beautiful location. Jeremy spent an hour with me going through the charts down the river toward St Louis

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Clean. Friendly. Scenic.

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