Ottawa Riverwalk

Illinois

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Ottawa Riverwalk Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: La Salle
Length: 0.9 miles
Trail end points: E. Jefferson St. and Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail near E. Superior Street crossing
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9171471
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Ottawa Riverwalk Description

The Ottawa Riverwalk runs directly beside the beautiful Fox River, just north of its confluence with the larger Illinois River. It's a tranquil walkway with river views along its entire length.

To the west, the trail begins at the historical downtown area with its several nice restaurants and other interesting locations. It continues northeast, passing athletic fields and going through Fox River Park, where there are playgrounds, a public boat launch, several favorite fishing spots, and a 9-hole disc golf course.

Approaching the northern trail end, one can catch views of Ottawa's famed Fox River Aqueduct, built in the 1840s to carry the I&M Canal traffic over the river below. The Ottawa Riverwalk goes on to end at its direct junction with the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail, which invites the local trail visitor to do a bit more exploring of this historic landmark.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and trail access are available at these locations:

  • At the end of E. Jefferson Street in downtown Ottawa;
  • Off E. Superior Street at the I&M Canal Trail junction; and
  • Off Hudson Street at the two lots in Fox River Park (717 Hudson St., Ottawa).

Ottawa Riverwalk Reviews

I have long enjoyed the beautiful Fox River, and been interested in the history of the small towns along the I&M Canal and the Illinois River. Visiting this new trail in Ottawa had me reminiscing a lot about this area and all my explorations of old. M'thinks I'll be coming back to this trail again soon.

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