We took a blighted area with a tired old marina and numerous dilapidated buildings and set out to create the Midwest’s premier marina resort community. We created a cofferdam so we could dig out the old harbor to create a 32-acre, deep, and sheltered harbor capable of accommodating all of the premium vessels found on the Illinois Waterway. We removed over one million yards of material and balanced the soils on site. We added a beautiful, highly engineered harbor wall and contoured the site so that all buildable lots were well out of the 100-year floodplain. Heritage Harbor was designed in such a way that we have nearly 3.2 miles of river and harbor frontage.
Heritage Harbor is a 32-acre, deep-water, safe-harbor—the only one of its kind in the Illinois River Valley. It took nearly one million cubic yards of dirt and shale removal, along with nearly ten thousand (10,000) harbor wall blocks weighing 2,600 pounds each, great engineering, machinery, and manpower to construct this impressive private recreational waterfront destination in north central Illinois. The cost of the Harbor alone has exceeded $8 million, with additional dock and slip infrastructure to-date at a cost in excess of $3.3 million. Currently there are 130 boat slips on 5 dock structures that are leased to customers on a seasonal basis by the Resort’s Marina Hospitality Operations. The lease season is generally April 1st until October 31st each year. In addition, there are a handful of vessels that lease wet slips for use during the winter season as well. Typically, these boats are kept free floating by the use of underwater aeration equipment. back