Established March 23, 1926, The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America has a mission to promote environmental stewardship, outdoor ethics, hunter education, and safety. Our Chapter supports many other organizations such as Hunters for the Hungry, Friends of the NRA, hunter safety instructors, and many more.
At our membership meetings, we host speakers that address contemporary environmental and outdoor topics that relate to IWLA’s mission. Our annual August family picnic and fishing rodeo is our largest and most popular event and is open to the public.
The Chapter owns and manages a 230-acre property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The property includes a 25-yard pistol range, a 50 yard incremental 250-yard rifle range, and a 5-acre stocked fishing pond.
The Izaak Walton League was founded in 1922 to conserve outdoor America for future generations. The League’s 54 founders, who were avid anglers, named the organization after Izaak Walton, the 17th century author of The Compleat Angler, a classic book about the art and spirit of fishing. We are one of the earliest conservation organizations to set an aggressive course to defend wild America by changing public policy. Almost every major, successful conservation program that America has in place today can be traced directly to a League activity or initiative.
To see a short video about IWLA, click on link: http://youtu.be/C7HoLVVIPvc