Ottawa, Illinois

From its humble beginnings in the Halbach Swamp of southeastern Wisconsin – and known there as the Pishtaka River in the 19th century – the Fox River flows a total of 202 miles and over fifteen dams before finally joining the Illinois River at Ottawa, Illinois.

Ottawa has a rich and storied history, part of which results from the fact that the city was the site of the first of the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. Also significant is the location of the city on the navigable waters of the Illinois River, which ultimately connects with the Mississippi, joining it near Grafton, IL. (not far from St. Louis).

There is much to do and see in Ottawa, Illinois. So why not take some time to visit; enjoy the parks and museums, the history, the shopping and dining?