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Ottawa is located on the Illinois River in north-central Illinois. It serves as the county seat for LaSalle County and has a population of approximately 18,000. Ottawa is known as the scenic gateway to Starved Rock State Park, which is one the most popular state parks in the state of Illinois. The Fox River, a tributary of the Illinois River, empties into the Illinois in downtown Ottawa. Ottawa is also home to one of the largest skydiving operations in the United States. Attractions in the city include the historic Heritage Tour and the LaSalle County Genealogy Guild, which has a membership of 1,000 worldwide. The Illinois & Michigan Canal is a multi-purpose trail the offers scenic hiking and biking paths. You can also walk or bike the tow path, where horses pulled passenger boats from 1848 until 1852 and mules pulled the heavy freight required to build Chicago and northern Illinois. Other things to see in the city of Ottawa include the beautiful murals in the Old Town District, Washington Square Park, the Ottawa Scouting Museum and the historic Reddick Mansion. Nearby Starved Rock State Park is 2,630 acres that includes 13 miles of hiking trails, several waterfalls that become ice falls in the wintertime, and sandstone canyons. Starved Rock was named a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1960.

Surrounding areas: Sheridan, Illinois (14.5 mi), Fort Sheridan, Illinois (14.6 mi), Yorkville, Illinois (28.6 mi), Shorewood, Illinois (35.1 mi)

Ottawa Vacation Rentals

Ottawa Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn Ottawa510 E Etna RdOttawa, IL (815) 433-9600
Hampton Inn Ottawa Il4115 Holiday LnOttawa, IL (815) 434-6040
Holiday Inn Express Ottawa120 W Stevenson RdOttawa, IL (815) 433-0029
Ottawa Inn Motel3000 Columbus StOttawa, IL (815) 434-3400
Sands Motel1215 Ln Salle StOttawa, IL (815) 434-6440
Super 8500 E Etna RdOttawa, IL (815) 434-2888
Surrey Motel1215 Lasalle StOttawa, IL (815) 433-1263
Surrey Motel2750 Columbus StOttawa, IL (815) 433-1263
Annie Tique's Hotel378 Main StMarseilles, IL7.0 mi.(815) 795-5848
Starved Rock State Park LodgeRt 71 & Rt 178Utica, IL8.8 mi.(815) 667-4238
Days Inn Oglesby/peru120 N Lewis AveOglesby, IL13.0 mi.(815) 883-9600
Holiday Inn Express900 Holiday StOglesby, IL13.0 mi.(815) 883-3535
Sandman Motel3190 N Us Hwy #251La Salle, IL13.1 mi.(815) 223-8400
Tiki Inn206 Ln Salle RdLa Salle, IL13.1 mi.(815) 224-1109
Daniel's Motel1921 N Saint Vincents AveLa Salle, IL13.3 mi.(815) 223-3829
Town & Country Inn2110 N Bloomington StStreator, IL14.1 mi.(815) 672-3183
Super 8 Motel1705 N Bloomington StStreator, IL14.5 mi.(815) 672-0080
Comfort Inn Peru5240 Trompeter RdPeru, IL15.0 mi.(815) 223-8585
Days Inn PeruI-80 & 251Peru, IL15.1 mi.(815) 224-1060
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Peru4385 Venture DrPeru, IL15.1 mi.(815) 223-7458
Ramada Ltd-peru4389 Venture DrPeru, IL15.1 mi.(815) 224-9000
Econolodge-peru1840 May RdPeru, IL15.5 mi.(815) 224-2500
Motel 6 Peru1900 May RdPeru, IL15.5 mi.(815) 224-2785
Super 8 Motel1851 May RdPeru, IL15.6 mi.(815) 223-1848
Pine Towers MotelRt 23 NStreator, IL15.8 mi.(815) 672-3168
Cedar MotelCedar Point, IL16.0 mi.(815) 446-4761
Comfort Inn1307 Kailash DrMendota, IL18.5 mi.(815) 538-3355
Riviera MotelLadd, IL19.8 mi.(815) 894-2225
Super 8 Motel Mendota508 Hwy 34eMendota, IL19.9 mi.(815) 539-7429
Days Inn At Morris80 Hampton StMorris, IL21.6 mi.(815) 942-9000
Morris Holiday Inn200 Gore RdMorris, IL21.6 mi.(815) 942-6600
Holiday Inn MorrisI-80 & Il 47Morris, IL21.7 mi.(815) 942-6600
Morris Comfort Inn70 Gore Rd WMorris, IL21.7 mi.(815) 942-1433
Super 8 Motel Morris70 Green Acres DrMorris, IL21.7 mi.(815) 942-3200
Morris Motel1801 N Division StMorris, IL21.8 mi.(815) 942-4991
Park Motel1923 N Division StMorris, IL21.8 mi.(815) 942-1321
Super 8 Motel Wenona5 Cavalry DrWenona, IL23.2 mi.(815) 853-4371
Harvester Motel821 W Rt 34Plano, IL26.8 mi.(630) 552-8018
Classic Inn Of Dwight15 E Northbrook DrDwight, IL27.5 mi.(815) 584-1200
Super 8 Motel Dwight14 E Northbrook DrDwight, IL27.5 mi.(815) 584-1888

Ottawa Weather & Climate

North central Illinois has four clearly defined seasons with very warm summers and cold winters. July is usually the hottest month and January is the coldest. In winter, cold air masses from Canada bring bitterly cold temperatures to the region. The area is prone to snowstorms and blizzards are frequent winter occurrences. The area averages 36 inches of snowfall in a normal winter, but greater amounts are possible. Northern Illinois also experiences violent thunderstorms during the months of March, April, May and June. Other severe weather events, such as hail and strong winds are common in these storms. Flooding in the region can also be a problem. Autumn is often the best time of year in northern Illinois with sunny, mild days and cool nights that are perfect for fall color tours and other activities.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 12°F 1.45 in. -
February 36°F 17°F 1.32 in. -
March 48°F 28°F 2.60 in. -
April 61°F 38°F 3.44 in. -
May 73°F 49°F 4.00 in. -
June 82°F 59°F 4.13 in. -
July 84°F 63°F 3.64 in. -
August 83°F 61°F 3.78 in. -
September 76°F 52°F 3.50 in. -
October 65°F 40°F 2.59 in. -
November 49°F 29°F 2.95 in. -
December 35°F 18°F 2.27 in. -

Ottawa Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located about 59 miles north of Ottawa in Rockford, Illinois, the Central Illinois Regional airport (BMI) located approximately 60 miles south of Ottawa in Bloomington Normal, Illinois, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located roughly 64 miles northeast of Ottawa in Chicago, Illinois, and finally the Greater Peoria Regional airport (PIA) located around 64 miles southwest of Ottawa in Peoria, Illinois.

Ottawa Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Enchanted CastleLombardIL56.5 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL57.7 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL59.2 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL59.6 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL61.0 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL63.5 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL67.3 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL67.6 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL68.3 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL70.6 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN72.3 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL85.5 mi.
Water Parks
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL58.2 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL59.5 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL61.5 mi.
Wacky WatersDavenportIA90.8 mi.
Caribbean Water AdventureSpringfieldIL114.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Dayton Ridge Golf ClubOttawaIL 
Pine Hills Golf ClubOttawaIL 
Prairie Lake Lodge Golf ClubMarseillesIL7.4 mi.
Senicas Oak Ridge Golf ClubLa SalleIL13.0 mi.
Anderson Fields Golf CourseStreatorIL14.0 mi.
South Bluff Country ClubPeruIL14.9 mi.
Earlville Country ClubEarlvilleIL16.5 mi.
Mendota Golf CourseMendotaIL19.2 mi.
Twin CreeksManvilleIL21.1 mi.
Nettle Creek Country ClubMorrisIL21.8 mi.
Edgebrook Country ClubSandwichIL23.1 mi.
Trestle Creek Golf & Country ClubPaw PawIL24.0 mi.
Dwight Country ClubDwightIL26.5 mi.
Cedardell Golf ClubPlanoIL26.8 mi.
Indian Oaks Country ClubShabbonaIL28.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski SnowstarTaylor RidgeIL94.8 mi.
Chestnut Mountain ResortGalenaIL110.1 mi.
State Parks
Buffalo Rock State ParkIL3.7 mi. 
Starved Rock State ParkIL6.8 mi. 
Illini State ParkIL7.0 mi. 
Matthiessen State ParkIL10.2 mi. 
Gebhard Woods State ParkIL21.3 mi. 
Silver Springs State ParkIL25.0 mi. 
Goose Lake Prairie State ParkIL28.0 mi. 
Channahon Parkway State ParkIL32.5 mi. 
Garfield Farm and Inn MuseumSt. CharlesIL47.7 mi.(History)
Downers Grove MuseumDowners GroveIL53.3 mi.(History)
Lakeview Museum of Arts & SciencesPeoriaIL59.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Glen Oak ZooPeoriaIL59.8 mi.
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL60.3 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL60.7 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL70.6 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL70.6 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI109.5 mi.
Henson Robinson ZooSpringfieldIL114.9 mi.

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