Lake of the Woods’ HI Tower closed for a month


Visitors at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet will be unable to experience the views from the HI-Tower for about the next month because of construction on the sidewalk surrounding it.

The construction, which began May 30, will bring much-needed repairs to the plaza surrounding the structure. Currently, no visitors are allowed access to the tower, but this may change as the construction progresses.

The 100-foot-tall structure was completed in 1965. Named after Champaign County Forest Preserve District founder H.I. Gelvin, its design was influenced by the architecture of European bell towers.

Under normal circumstances, the HI-Tower is open daily and free to all visitors at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve. Its sixth-floor observation deck offers patrons a towering view of the park, lake and surrounding area.