Conservation is a cause that has no end. There is no point at which we will say our work is finished.

                                                                                                               -Rachel Carson

In our attempt to make conservation easy, we have made it trivial.

                                                                                                                       – Aldo Leopold

Water has become a highly precious resource. There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil.

                                                                                                                               – Lloyd Axworthy

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous

                                                                                                                              – Aristotle


These emotions give you the strength to fight for what is right and to be the voice of those who cannot be heard.” 
                                                                                                               ― Paul Oxton

The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.                                                       

                                                                                                                     -Jim Fowler

About Us

The Izaak Walton League was founded in Chicago in 1922 to save outdoor America for future generations. The League’s founders were avid anglers and named the organization after the 17th-century author of The Compleat Angler, a classic book about the art and spirit of fishing.

Mission Statement:

To conserve, maintain, protect, and restore the soil, forest, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.

The Izaak Walton League pledge:

“To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands, and open space; to the preservation of this heritage and to man’s sharing in it;

“I pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America.”

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Naturepalooza-Living with Lakes Seminar and Festival


Clean Water Challenge

Water quality problems nationwide are serious – and solvable. Through the Clean Water Challenge, the Izaak Walton League will mobilize and train volunteers across the country to monitor 100,000 more stream sites by 2022.

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Porter County Ikes working to conserve land

Now covered with water, with reeds and trees shooting up and a croaking bullfrog in the background, visitors to the Carol Cook Wetland Overlook have a chance to spot an egret, heron or variety of ducks on any given day.

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Our Team

Gary R Brown
Phone - 219-464-8882 Contact for chapter information, corporate partnerships, and projects
Jim Sweeney
Vice President
Phone - 219-322-7239 Contact for Izaak Walton national, conservation activism


Bill Iltzsche
Project Director
Phone - 219-464-9850 Contact for information related to projects and properties
Annette Hansen
Executive Director
Phone - 219-241-7431 Contact for volunteerism, fundraising, chapter organization

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