Member-Only Resorts Are a Personal Retreat

Vacation means relaxing and spending quality time with loved ones. Planning a vacation, on the other hand, can feel like a stressful and time-consuming experience. Wouldn’t it be great to have a reliable getaway of your own?

Many families are finding just that at a members-only resort, where they can get away as often as they like.

Nicci Leffelman, marketing communications manager at the Woodhaven Association, has spent more than 15 years helping families find their dream spot at Woodhaven Lakes, a private recreational camp resort in Sublette, Ill. With seven lakes, two swimming pools, a beach, a large array of sports facilities and a rotating schedule of activities, Woodhaven Lakes is a go-to resort for many families.

“For the past couple of years families have been looking for a way to get out of the home without being in public,” says Leffelman. “We’ve been in pretty high demand.”

Woodhaven Lakes has more than 6,000 lots, each with its own benefits. While fishing enthusiasts love the variety of fish in the lakes, the depth of the water only allows for certain kinds of boating.

Before purchasing a lot at any members-only resort, it’s best to research and visit your top choices, says Leffelman. Once you’ve made a purchase, you’ll need to arrange accommodations. At Woodhaven Lakes, that means having an RV or pitching a tent.

While resorts are a wonderful place to stay, they’re not supposed to be a permanent retreat. Many resorts, Woodhaven Lakes included, have limits on overnight stays and cannot be used as a primary residence. This, and other policies, will be included in your membership agreement, which should be read carefully.

Once you’re moved in, it’s time to enjoy a smorgasbord of recreation.

“Our recreation department works year-round to make sure there is plenty of fun for our members,” says Leffelman. “It’s the reason people come here.”

Woodhaven Lakes is located at 509 LaMoille Road, in Sublette, Ill., (815) 849-5209. Learn more at