Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!


Explore the Illinois River Road Nature Sites Select a Site below . . .

Come and experience all the nature, beauty and adventure the Illinois River Valley has to offer. Explore over 100 nature-related sites throughout the Illinois River Valley between Ottawa and Havana. Visit our gateway communities and points in-between, along the Byway and enjoy unique dining, comfortable lodging and eclectic shopping. Whether your destination lies along the Illinois River Road or the route is part of your journey, you'll love the trip!

Select a Community OR Interest below to view related points of interest along the Byway.



4200 MBL Drive, Ottawa, IL 61350
Michael Waddell's Bone Collector has opened its first store in Ottawa. You'll find authentic Bone Collector merchandise, including apparel, housewares and automotive items....View Details.
Phone: 815-587-8700 ext 118
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.3830034, -88.8299414 Map It!

719 W. Wyanet-Walnut Road, Wyanet, IL 61379
Experience the Hennepin Canal - Bike, Hike, Boat, Camp - and get all your supplies in one spot. Bicycle rental by the day, for a weekend, or for a week - many types of bi...View Details.
Phone: 815-878-6822
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.3550133, -89.5868797 Map It!

515 S. Spalding, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Founded in January 2010, Time on the Water Outdoors is dedicated to the outdoorsmen. Our ownership and expert staff are avid outdoorsmen and are here to help you be more succe...View Details.
Phone: (815) 663-1000
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.320523, -89.199768 Map It!

1510 W. Garfield Avenue, Bartonville, IL 61607
Welcome to Presleys Outdoors...we are a unique store that focuses on offering customers an unforgettable shopping experience. Presleys Outdoors is a family owned retail store....View Details.
Phone: (309) 697-1193
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.645162, -89.676194 Map It!

One Dee Bennett Road, Ottawa, IL 61350
Starved Rock Adventures is Illinois' premier water resort located only 5 minutes from Starved Rock State Park inside Starved Rock Marina in the beautiful Illinois River Valley...View Details.
Phone: (815) 433-4218
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.32685, -88.991019 Map It!