About Us

The Izaak Walton League promotes natural resource protection and outdoor recreation. The organization was founded in 1922 in Chicago, Illinois by a group of sportsmen who wished to protect fishing opportunities for future generations. They named the league after seminal fishing enthusiast Izaak Walton, the 17th century author of The Compleat Angler, a classic book about the art and spirit of fishing. It was the first conservation organization with a mass membership.

The League led efforts for clean water legislation, achieving initial success with the passage of federal water pollution acts in 1948, 1956 and finally the Clean Water Act of 1972. The League continues to advocate for preserving wetlands, protecting wilderness, and promoting soil and water conservation. Its Save Our Streams (SOS) program involves activists in all fifty states in monitoring water quality.

The League has about 50,000 members and 200 chapters across the country, with a firm base of anglers in the Midwest and Tidewater. The League publishes a quarterly magazine, Outdoor America, which covers the League's activities as well as the environment. The League is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

IWLA Mission Statement: "To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife."


Please consider joining us! To learn more about our chapter, its officers and how to join, click HERE.