1199 N 27th Road, Ottawa, IL 61350
Discover this 196+/- acre estate providing the ultimate multi-purpose property for any outdoor and wildlife enthusiast. Behind the privacy gates, you will find one of the best kept secrets along the Illinois River Valley.
This tract possesses a gorgeous custom home that is 2,250 sq. ft. overlooking the water. Truly a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship with a grand 14’ double door entrance, large fully screened porch, and wall of windows showcasing a pond that provides picturesque sunsets. Inside you will find a large open concept floor plan along with tall ceilings, beautiful finishes, two large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, heated bathroom floor, gas log fireplace, several custom cabinets, high-end appliances, new furnace, nest thermostat, smart security video system, automatic gate opener, and door access keypad. Making this property the perfect getaway, investment property with significant income, or full-time residence.
When you are not enjoying the views from the home, you will find 3 additional fishing ponds and lakes along with multiple shallow water ponds great for waterfowl hunting. The property has proven to be excellent for fishing, kayaking, boating, and swimming. Waterfowl potential is significant, and the property has been undergoing a transformation to become a waterfowl hunting mecca. The bodies of water are exceptionally clean, with fantastic water quality. The property is located between Dee Bennet Road and the I&M Canal Trail, creating a natural barrier to the south and north. The property creates the perfect private year-round retreat to enjoy with family and friends.
In addition to enjoying your own private lakes, you can launch your boat into the IL river at multiple nearby locations, the closest being Starved Rock Yacht Club, located directly across the road. On the weekends Starved Rock Yacht Club is open to the public where you can enjoy meeting other boating and fishing enthusiasts. The Wide Waters Yacht Club is also across the road with great public dining and boat rentals.
The property is adjacent to Buffalo Rock State Park and the I&M Canal National Heritage Trail.
Buffalo Rock State Park is a 298-acre park that offers bike trails, American bison, hunting, canoeing, cross country skiing, geocaching, hiking trails, baseball field, horseshoe pits, playgrounds and shelter.
The I&M Canal National Historic Area borders the property with private access from the property directly onto the I&M Canal Trail. Many activities are allowed on the canal’s 77+ miles of well-maintained trails. The I&M Canal offers may different experiences including boat trips, horseback riding, snowmobiling, biking, hiking, walking, canal towns, dining and many more.
Directly across the road is Starved Rock Yacht Club, Wide Waters Yacht Club and Kayak Starved Rock.
Just across the river is Starved Rock State Park, one of the Illinois’ most beautiful destinations and the #1 most visited state park in Illinois. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the park’s 18 canyons featuring vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs. More than 13 miles of trails allow access to waterfalls, fed season runoff or natural springs, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks. Recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating, or hunting.
Just a few miles further down the road is Matthiessen State Park that offers canyons, streams, prairie, and forest. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities, make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for an outing.
Vermillion River is also a local attraction that is 112 miles long offering an abundance of activities. The Vermillion River is a fisherman's paradise, with numerous eddies, slack pools, overhanging and downed trees, deep holes, and rocky shorelines. The Vermilion is a great place to go fly fishing. For a full experience, drop a pole while drifting the river in a raft or canoe. Rafts are available at the Vermilion River Rafting Company.
Utica is just minutes away and it is known as the Gateway to Starved Rock. Utica has festivals, fine and casual dining, live music, pubs, wineries, shopping, open air market, and much more.
Ottawa, IL has a deep history with several public attractions and a very active Chamber of Commerce. There are 15 Parks to choose from in Ottawa. Click to learn more about Ottawa’s downtown, dining, parks, economic development, LaSalle Speedway, golfing and bustling tourism. If you are awaiting an adventure or endless outdoor recreation, you are able to take full advantage of the thousands of public lands in the direct vicinity. As you can see, Ottawa is a very charming town in the middle of everywhere!
The property currently offers fishing and hunting memberships with significant annual income. The new owner could continue this business as part of the acquisition or simply make it a private retreat. The potential revenue opportunities for this property are unlimited. There are only a few lodging choices and Air B&B locations in the area. This property could bring in significantly more revenue if desired.
Contact LandProz agent Jake Hofer at 309-238-7545 to schedule a private property tour and you will immediately understand why this place is so special and will not be available long!!
• Incredible private retreat with gated access and million-dollar views
• 2,250 Sq. Ft. Custom Home
• 2 bedroom / 2 bath
• Immaculate finishes, gas fireplace, and large screened in porch overlooking the water
• Property has consistently appraised >$1 million
• Located between Dee Bennet Road and the I&M Canal Trail creating a natural barrier to the south and north
• Existing significant revenue streams from annual memberships with even more potential upside by adding more memberships, offering private events, and/or AirB&B
• 37+/- acres of private water managed for trophy fishing with the largest being 28 acres with excellent water quality and multiple boat docks
• Fantastic fishing for a variety of species
• Enjoy all types of water sports on the lakes from boating to waterfowl hunting
• 30+ acres of shallow water ponds for waterfowl habitat and hunting
• Strong waterfowl hunting potential with 6 well-built waterfowl hunting blinds
• ATV trail system throughout the property
• East to West the property goes for ~2 miles
• Rare find in today’s market - location, location, location
• Real Estate Taxes $11,390.20
• One hour from the Chicagoland area
• Minutes from downtown Ottawa and Utica
• 4,700 acres of nearby huntable public land for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and other small game
"Nicole and I enjoyed our hunting and time at Starved Rock Game and Fish. The birds were flying and the surrounding beauty was equally special! We look forward to the day we go back."