The Izaak Walton League of America's (IWLA) St. Joseph County Chapter is one of the oldest chapters--founded in January of 1924--only two years after the founding of the league.

The St. Joseph County Izaak Walton League is comprised of over 130 acres of diverse natural habitat including Juday Creek, 3 ponds – 2 of which are stocked for fishing, the St. Joe River, wetlands, marshes and woodlands. It is an ideal family environment for hikes, picnics and exploration. With highly affordable annual memberships, you will be able to enjoy the serenity of the outdoor nature park with your family or on your own. We offer a world class outdoor archery range and indoor archery in the Winter months.

We promote conservation and environmental ethics and are a watchdog for local and regional conservation concerns. The facility is private property, access is limited to members and their guests, and a membership badge is to be visibly worn while on the property. For information on becoming a member, pickup a membership application in the box at the facility entrance or contact the on-site caretake. To find out more, call us at (574) 272-3660.

We host many events during the year including monthly dinners with guest speakers, an annual hog roast party, archery tournaments, a summer camp for kids, a Christmas party and more.

Below is a map of the park. Click on one of the markers to view what's there!


The Izaak Walton League Member’s 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”

About the National Izaak Walton League of America

“The Izaak Walton League was formed in 1922 to save outdoor America for future generations. The League’s 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.” – Izaak Walton League of America – National Website