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The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) encompasses the communities and counties along the historic 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Heritage Corridor spans from the Chicago Portage Area just southwest of Chicago to LaSalle-Peru including the counties of Will, Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam. The region conveniently located along I-55 from Chicago to Joliet along I-80 west to LaSalle-Peru.

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Starved Rock Area

Starved Rock Area from the Heritage Corridor represents a place where the outdoor activities are at home. You can enjoy a bike ride or go hiking on one of the well marked trails. Other outdoor activities from Starved Rock Area include canoeing, horseback riding and boating.

Rich in history and bursting with activities, the Starved Rock Area includes beautiful and enjoyable attractions no matter what the season. Starved Rock State Park, boasts 13 miles of well-marked trails, bluffs and 18 canyons. The parks Visitors Center filled with interactive exhibits and a video of the park's history.

Stop by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Illinois Waterway Visitors Center. Overlooking the lock and dam, the center is the perfect spot for bird watching, particularly wintering eagles.

For history buffs, view the looming statues of Lincoln and Douglas in the square at Ottawa or visit one of the area's historical mansions. Nature lovers will find canoeing, horseback riding and boating in the towns throughout the Starved Rock Area including Ottawa, Utica, Streator, Mendota, LaSalle, Peru, Marseilles, Seneca or Oglesby. Each offers inviting restaurants, quaint shopping and hometown hospitality.

Starved Rock State Park
According to the legend, a band of Illiniwek, under attack by a band of Potawatomi (allies of the Ottawa), sought refuge atop a 125-foot sandstone butte. The Ottawa and Potawatomi surrounded the bluff and held their ground until the hapless Illiniwek died of starvation - giving rise to the name "Starved Rock." Today, the park's beautiful scenery attracts thousands to hear the legend and view the park's waterfalls, canyons and bluffs.

With the Illinois, Vermilion and Fox Rivers flowing through the Starved Rock Area, it is not hard to imagine that it's the perfect place to canoe. Canoe rentals are available at several facilities along the waterways.

LaSalle Canal Boat
Board the LaSalle Canal Boat, and enjoy the scenery and history of a mule pulled replica 19th century canal boat on the waterway that changed the face of the nation - the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal. Stop at Lock 16 and browse the extensive gift shop and enjoy a light lunch while you plan the rest of your visit.

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City of LaSalle

It’s difficult to imagine LaSalle once earning the nickname “Little Reno” for its robust gambling and entertainment scene from the 1930’s-1950’s. A f...Details

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City of Marseilles

Nestled along the Illinois River, Marseilles possesses both small town charm and natural scenic beauty. Illini State Park is a 510 acre park bordered...Details

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City of Mendota

Mendota is a true main street community with a few surprises up its sleeve. Every August for the past 65 years, this small town has welcomed more tha...Details

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City of Oglesby

A small town atmosphere with big town amenities, Oglesby is perfectly situated where the Illinois River and Vermillion River meet, affording visitors ...Details

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City of Ottawa

Rich in historic events, steeped in culture, Ottawa is an alluring city with much to offer, both past and present. Ottawa retains its two original to...Details

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City of Peru

Peru is the birthplace of internationally acclaimed violinist Maud Powell. Considered the country's first great female master of the violin, Powell be...Details

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City of Streator

Situated along the beautiful and winding Vermillion River and thirty minutes from Starved Rock State Park, the City of Streator is a delightful mix of...Details

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LaSalle County

One of three counties making up the Illinois Valley Area, LaSalle County is uniquely suited to its crossroads status, attracting visitors from across ...Details

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Village of Grand Ridge

A small community, Grand Ridge is a hearty, engaging village of 560 residents, located just south of Ottawa. Grand Ridge Community Festival, held in ...Details

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Village of North Utica

North Utica, referred to by locals as simply Utica, is the premier destination in Illinois for outdoor recreation due to the captivating beauty of sev...Details

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Village of Seneca

Picturesque and serene, Seneca is a river community which strives to connect with residents and visitors. The Illinois & Michigan Canal passes right ...Details

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