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A wide variety of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities exist for every age group. We are near five large reservoirs, which offer boating, water skiing and fishing opportunities.


The Ottawa Recreation Commission offers recreational opportunities for kids of all ages from kindergarten to the elderly. Basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, tennis and flag football are enjoyed by many participants from throughout the county.

The rural communities within Franklin County have recreation programs, which include baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball. In Ottawa, Forest Park is considered one of the prettiest parks in the state. The swimming pool was recently improved with new dressing rooms, water slides and a zero-entry water feature area. The Prairie Spirit Bike Trail is enjoyed by many bike enthusiasts throughout the region. The trail offers more than 50 miles of beautiful scenery to ride your bike through.

If you enjoy participating in organized sports or you would rather go out on your own recreational path, we have a lot to offer in Franklin County and Ottawa.

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