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Destination Illinois: Sankoty Lakes |


The pandemic has prevented many of us from leaving for some rest and relaxation. But while we were at home, an old gravel lot was turned into a new complex.

It is a place specializing in “glamorous camping” and fly fishing. It’s only about an hour and a half from Champaign on I-74.

Since December 2019, workers have been moving dirt to this location in Woodford County, near Spring Bay, Ill., For a population of 452. Other crews have been building roads, pouring concrete and foundations, built buildings, moved stones and wood. This work went cautiously as Covid swept the country. Now Sankoty Lakes is open.

Sankoty Lakes is built on what used to be a 230 acre gravel pit. Today, thanks to the efforts of developer Kim Blickenstaff and spending millions of dollars, Sankoty Lakes is a destination in central Illinois.

Blickenstaff grew up in this region. We might all want the best for our former hometown, but Kim Blickenstaff has the drive, the vision and the money to make it happen.

There is a swimming beach, three lakes for fishing, glamorous camping tents, RV areas, hiking trails, birds

observation, canoeing, a restaurant and a nearly one kilometer long trout fishing stream that winds around the resort.

Lori Birkland

“It’s really we want them to be able to, you know, come here and have that wow factor reaction. We want them to say, you know; “Wow, it’s here in central Illinois.” “

Lori Birkland says fly fishing in the man-made trout stream has been particularly popular. There is a resident expert on site to teach novices how to fly fish for tricky trout. We have more about trout fishing at Sankoty Lakes on our resort website.

Lori Birkland says there is only one goal behind Sankoty Lakes:

“It’s about making memories with their families. So just create a destination where families are happy, they have fun, they are outdoors, they have a really good time ”.

In Woodford County, I’m Tom McIntyre for Destination Illinois.) >>

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