Dive into Refreshing Adventures: Experience the Illinois River as Your Ultimate Fall Getaway

As the temperatures cool, there’s no better way to enjoy the beauty than by hitting up the Illinois River. While the pools and beaches wrap for the season, The Sand Bar keeps the vacay vibes going strong. You can still watch boats roll in, enjoy a cool drink, let the kids play in the sand, and feel the warmth of the sun on your toes. Trust us, some great weather days are still in store.

1. Kayaking and Canoeing:


Grab a paddle and navigate the gentle currents of the Illinois River by kayak or canoe. Feel the refreshing mist on your face as you glide through the serene waters, surrounded by the lush beauty of the riverbanks. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a novice seeking a leisurely outing, the Illinois River provides an ideal environment for all skill levels. Explore the hidden coves, marvel at the diverse wildlife, and savor the tranquility of this picturesque waterway.

2. Jet Skiing and Tubing:

For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, jet skiing and tubing on the Illinois River offers an exhilarating experience. Feel the rush of the wind as you speed across the water’s surface on a jet ski, or hold on tight as you ride the waves while being towed behind a boat on a tube. Whether you prefer the heart-pounding excitement of jet skiing or the laughter-filled joy of tubing, the Illinois River promises endless fun and excitement for water sports enthusiasts of all ages.

3. Fishing:


The Illinois River is a haven for fishing enthusiasts, providing ample opportunities to reel in some impressive catches. Cast your line and patiently wait for the tug that signals a bite. The river teems with a variety of fish species, including catfish, bass, walleye, and more. Find a secluded spot along the river’s banks, soak in the peaceful ambiance, and let the soothing sound of rippling water enhance your fishing experience.

4. River Cruises and Boat Tours:

Boat rentals

Sit back, relax, and let Sainte Genevieve riverboat (https://stegenriverboat.com/) take the helm as you embark on a leisurely river cruise or boat tour along the Illinois River. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the river’s majestic landscape, as knowledgeable guides aboard Sainte Genevieve narrate the region’s history, ecology, and points of interest. Fall is one of the best times of year to experience a cruise along the river, where the explosion of reds, oranges and yellows provide an amazing visual backdrop.  Indulge in a sunset cruise, a dinner cruise, or a wildlife spotting tour aboard Sainte Genevieve, and let the river’s gentle currents carry you on an unforgettable journey.

Harbor Inn

At Harbor Inn, we’ve got you covered with a comfortable stay on the water during the fall season. Rooms, suites, cottages — take your pick and let us help you plan a getaway that involves more than just leaf-peeping. 

Plus, don’t miss out on the exciting rentals we have available to make your river experience even more memorable. Take to the waters with our watersport boats, offering thrilling or relaxing adventures for water enthusiasts of all ages. Whether you’re into jet skiing, water tubing, or simply cruising along the scenic river, our rentals are sure to add an extra dose of excitement to your stay.

This fall, switch out your beach towel for a cozy blanket and some apple cider. Whether you’re down for kayaking or just want to roast s’mores by the fire, the Illinois River’s got something for everyone. Book your stay at Harbor Inn and let us show you how to “fall” right.

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