Sankoty Lakes Resort

Leisure, adventure, and lifelong memories in the heart of the American Midwest. 

Situated on the immaculate waters of the Sankoty Aquifer, Sankoty Lakes is home to some of the cleanest, clearest water on earth. This exquisite wilderness retreat is deeply connected to the great outdoors, including relaxed farm-to-table dining and unique Midwestern fly fishing experiences.

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Stay, play, and explore the great outdoors amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Central Illinois River Valley.

What it's like

From incredible fly fishing and traditional fishing to hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, birdwatching, and endless outdoor adventures on water and land, Sankoty has something for everyone, regardless of age or ability. The accommodations at Sankoty are equally varied. Stay in a deluxe private glamping tent, a luxurious cabin or at the private ranch.  All the lodging options are rich with amenities and deeply connected to the beautiful natural surroundings. 

Independent spirit

True Midwestern charm and luxurious comfort

Small touches

Enjoy private access to a stocked fishing stream with many options for fly fishing. Lessons and guided outings for all skill levels are available.  Sankoty is a destination for all seasons – guests enjoy winter fly fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding and more. The private beach is the perfect spot for relaxing, swimming and picnics. Ask the helpful staff for a hiking map and intel on the birdwatching hotspots. 

Eat and drink

The Woolly Bugger is the signature restaurant at Sankoty Lakes.  Grab a lakeside table to share a locally-sourced menu of approachable and wholesome food, exceptional wines and craft cocktails. The Woolly Bugger at Sankoty Lakes promises a relaxing atmosphere with a gorgeous view.  This culinary destination is open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, however it does close for the winter months. 

And more

The 1840 Ranch is a special place to stay and experience the region. Just eleven miles from the main property, the Ranch is a beautiful homestead overlooking a private 30-acre lake. The Ranch House and nearby Bunk House offer many accommodations to sleep 17 comfortably, with a lake perfect for private fishing, kayaking, canoeing, grilling and relaxation by the fire for a truly peaceful, wild and secluded retreat.
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Rooms & Rates

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Nestled on the banks of the Illinois River at the edge of the Sankoty Aquifer in Spring Bay, Illinois.

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Guest Services

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary firewood (please do not bring your own)
  • Pet-friendly accommodations available  ($35 per night with maximum $70 per stay, two dogs per accommodation)

Eat & Drink

  • The Woolly Bugger at Sankoty Lakes (onsite restaurant, daily lunch and dinner services, Sunday brunch service)
  • The Bar at the Woolly Burger (onsite bar)

Fitness & Recreation

  • Fly fishing (on the dedicated Trout Stream)
  • Traditional fishing
  • Private fishing instruction
  • Ice fishing
  • Environmental education
  • Biking and hiking trails
  • Birdwatching (Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Osprey, and more)
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Lakeside and Riverside beaches 
  • Picnic area
  • Patio fireplaces
  • Bath house (with safe room below in case of storms)
  • Common social gathering area with bonfire patio outside pavilion

In-room amenities

  • Two or more bedrooms
  • Sleeper sofa
  • Full bathroom
  • Fully furnished kitchen or kitchenette
  • Full or mini refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Fire pit
  • Outdoor gathering seating

Cancellation policy

A deposit of 50% of the reservation (before tax and resort fee) will be taken at the time of booking. The remaining balance will be collected 14 days prior to arrival date. Reservations made within that remaining balance timeframe will require full payment at the time of booking. Cancellations made more than 14 days prior to arrival date will receive a refund minus a 5% cancellation fee on the deposit amount. Reservations cancelled past the cancellation window are ineligible for a refund.
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Meetings + Events

Sankoty is an ideal location for weddings, retreats, workshops, conferences, team-building, fundraisers and celebrations of all kinds. If you are planning a special event, The 1840 Ranch offers a gorgeous setting for an event to remember. 
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