Iowa Izaak Walton League

The Iowa Izaak Walton League offers a community of outdoor lovers dedicated to protecting the future of conservation and outdoor adventure.

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Iowa Water Summit

The Iowa Water Summit brings together organizations and individuals with a shared interest in clean water and water quality monitoring. This one-day gathering will focus on volunteer water quality monitoring, facilitating the sharing of ideas and the strengthening of relationships between groups and individuals that collect and utilize water quality data across Iowa.

The Iowa Water Summit is hosted in coordination with the Iowa Nature Summit, occurring October 9-10 at Drake University in Des Moines. To register and learn more about the Nature Summit, visit

Our Mission

The Iowa Izaak Walton League was founded to conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air woods, waters and wildlife.

Furthermore, our special objective across the State shall be the preservation and restoration of the natural resources of the State of Iowa. 

We promote, directly and through Chapters, true sportsmanship, and the principles of a broad, practical conservation program.

Watershed Talks

What We Do Today

Clean Water Promotion

  • Several “citizen scientist” programs including Save our Streams (SOS), Nitrate Watch and Salt Watch.
  • Private and public well water monitoring education
  • Public outreach to emphasis the IWLA Vision

Healthy Soil promotion

  • Farm Bill input for sustainable practices
  • Soil run-off prevention
  • Public outreach to emphasis the IWLA Vision


  • Statewide promotion of conservation efforts
  • Iowa outdoor advocacy
  • Habitat restoration
  •  Hunting, fishing and outdoor sporting opportunities
  • Youth education

Divisional Support for Chapters Across Iowa

  • Officers support and development
  • Define statewide goals
  • Support and promote statewide and local accomplishments
  • Promote the development of regular and interesting meetings
  • Support Worthwhile chapter and community projects and active participation throughout the state.
Iowa Missisippi River Conservation
Iowa Ikes Youth Conservation Education

39 Amazing Chapters Across Iowa

Across the State we have a diverse group of chapters serving citizens, communties and advocating for Iowa Conservation and Sportsmen for over a hundred years.


The Iowa Izaak Walton league is committed across the State to improving conservation efforts, land access, habitat restoration.  See what some of our local chapters are up to.

Upper Mississippi River Refuge Centennial

A century ago, a monumental movement of determined citizens petitioned Congress to create the largest “wild-life preserve” ever in order to save their favorite upper Mississippi River backwaters from being drained and converted to farmland. Spearheading the movement was the charismatic Will Dilg whose newly created Izaak Walton League championed the refuge as its first magnificent achievement.



Chapter Projects Since 2000

Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element were made for wise men to contemplate, and fools to pass by without consideration.


– Izaak Walton, “The Compleat Angler”

Statewide Events

July 15th & 16th 2024

2024 Izaak Walton League National Convention

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina – Cambridge, MD

April 19th and 20th, 2024

2024 Iowa Izaak Walton League Convention

Linn County Izaak Walton League Chapter, Cedar Rapids, IA

January 13th, 2024

Iowa Division Winter Board Meeting

10am to 2pm, Newton Iowa – Emerson Hough Chapter

Latest from the President

Dale Braun was elected in 2023 and hails from the Linn County Chapter.  He’s a hunter, Iowa DNR Education instructor and has been active with the Izaak Walton league since 1985. 

Watershed Talks ~ June 11, 2024

How concerned citizens unite to protect the Nishnabotna River after one of Iowa’s largest fish kills. Samantha Williams— Scientist, Clean Water Advocate Joey Norris— Engineer, Concerned Citizen Learn more from scientist Samatha Williams and engineer Joey Norris as...

Watershed Talks with Chris Jones

Watershed Talks ~ May 14, 2024 Clean Water Matters, a scientist and angler’s perspective How one of the Iowa’s leading researchers uses his voice to amplify why clean water matters! Chris Jones— Scientist, Author and Angler Learn more from Author, Scientist, and...

Watershed Talks with Steven Marking

: Watershed Talks ~ April 9, 2024 "The League’s founder, Will Dilg Comes to Life" How growing up on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge creates a life-time passion to advocate for it through story telling. Steven Marking— Riverlorian, Actor...

Watershed Talks with Dale Braun

This monthly virtual series is a project of the Iowa Division of the Izaak Walton League of America, with rotating co-hosts from other Iowa Chapters. We feature guests for 30-40 minute presentations that shed daylight on good works done in Iowa watersheds. In this way we uplift our shared goals for cleaner water, a healthy environment, and kinder communities.

Iowa Division Meeting – January 13th, 2024

Our next board meeting which is scheduled for January 13 at the Emerson Hough Chapter in Newton. Plan on a 10:00 to 2:00 meeting time. If needed, a weather date of January 20 is the alternative. Given the long-term forecast, we may not need the alternate date. ...