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!


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Experience the Havana Gateway Along the Illinois River Road

Named for the capitol of the Isle of Cuba, Havana is the county seat of Mason County. Located on the banks of the Illinois River, Havana is primarily a rural, agricultural community. In fact, sixty-five percent of the United States' pumpkins are grown in the region making Havana a hot spot for tourists in the fall.Nature-oriented tourists can visit the Havana Nature Center on the riverfront to glimpse Bald Eagles up close or through available spotting scopes.  Hike along Riverfront Park or explore the 4,500 acres of nearby Chautauqua or Emiquon National Wildlife Refuges.

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Havana Gateway Itineraries

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Havana Gateway Maps

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The City of Havana is a friendly, welcoming community where a smile and a wave come naturally. Our historic brick streets, lined with vintage-style lighting in our downtown, reflect the passion we have for our 150-year history which includes stories about and visits by Abraham Lincoln and Al Capone. At the foot of Main Street is the Illinois River and Riverfront Park where you can amble the sidewalk pathways, and enjoy scenic overlooks which provide a panoramic view of the river traffic, from pleasure craft to towboats and barges.

Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant, and include canoeing, bird watching, hiking and biking. Hunting and fishing are also popular activities. We host an assortment of festivals and events throughout the year, including an annual Oktoberfest the first weekend after Labor Day and a Catfish Festival the last weekend in June. For recreation of another sort, enjoy our quaint shops where our business owners take particular pride in customer service.

We look forward to having you come visit!

Below are links to Havana Gateway resources to assist you in planning your journey.

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