Youth Fishing & Conservation Camps

A national network of summer angling and conservation experiences.

See below for a full listing of camps and contact information for enrollment. Don’t see a camp in your state or have a conflict with the dates? All of Trout Unlimited’s youth camps accept applications from out of state.

Trout Unlimited chapters and councils currently sponsor and operate 25 camps and academies — ranging from two-day casting or fly tying clinics to overnight summer camps. This variety of venues means young fly fishers can experience many kinds of rivers and streams, angling techniques and trout species.

Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley chapter started the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp in 1995 under the guidance of the late Dr. John R. “Jack” Beck and the late Enoch S. “Inky” Moore. The award-winning camp has served as a model for the growing number of camps being held around the country by other Trout Unlimited chapters.

The camps include a comprehensive curriculum and draw upon the expertise and commitment of professional resource managers, scientists, fly tiers, fishing guides, and experienced Trout Unlimited volunteers. Many include hands-on experience with a habitat restoration project and the opportunity to fish a variety of local waters. During the camp young anglers learn much more than fishing skills — they gain an appreciation for the need to protect our coldwater fisheries and other natural resources.

All levels of experience are welcome at our camps. The goal is to have fun, learn a lot, and make friends with other young fly fishers.

The First Step in Becoming a Teen Leader in TU

Attending one of our summer fly fishing camps is a step to becoming a teen leader within Trout Unlimited. Camp graduates are encouraged to apply for TU’s Teen Summit, a national leadership development retreat held annually.

TU Summer Camps and Academies Listing

  • Know a young person interested in fishing and conservation? Tell them about TU’s summer camps and academies!
  • Camper age range, daily schedules, and cost of camps varies so get in touch with the directors to find out more.

Alaska Howie Van Ness Memorial Kids’ Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 2-4, 2023
Contact: David Vick
Location: Lost Lake Scout camp, Fairbanks Alaska

Arizona Council TU Fish Camp
Dates: Three sessions: June 4-24, 2023
Contact: Alan Davis, 925-785-5583; Doyle Gaines, (480) 708-8982
Ages: 13-18
Location: R-C Scout Ranch, Payson, Arizona
AZTU Fish Camp Webpage

Arkansas Youth Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: TBA
Contact: Daryl Greenwood
Location: Dry Run Creek, Mountain Home, Arkansas
Arkansas White River Camp

California Sierra Trout Camp
Dates: June 17-18, 2023
Contact: Daniel Johnson
Location: Olympic Valley, California

Colorado River Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Dates: June 11-17, 2023
Contact: Barbara Luneau
Location: AEI Outfitter, Almont, Colorado

Northern Colorado Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp
Dates: July 31-August 4, 2023
Ages: 14-17
Contact: John Bryant
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
*Preference given to Northern Colorado and SE Wyoming Youth.

Georgia Trout Camp
Dates: June 4-9, 2023  Applications open until April 15
Ages: 13 – 15
Contact: Charlie & Kathy Breithaupt, (706) 782-6954
Location: Tallulah Falls School, Tallulah Falls, GA
Georgia TU Webpage

Idaho Trout Camp
Dates: TBA
Ages: 10-13 for campers. Leaders in Training ages 13+.
Contact: Jerod Taylor
Location: Silver Creek Plunge, Garden Valley, ID

Illinois Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 16-21, 2023
Ages: 13 -18
Contacts: Dan LaFave
Location: Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon, Michigan

Maine Trout Camp
Dates: June 25-30, 2023
Ages: 13-17
Contact: Robb Cotiaux; Matthew Streeter
Location: Evergreens Campground, Solon, Maine

Michigan Youth Conservation & Trout Camp
Dates: June 18-22, 2023
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Jon Chizmadia;  Andy Pokorski
Location: Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center Roscommon, Michigan

Montana Fly Fishing & Conservation Camp
Dates: July 9-13, 2023
Contact: Bill Pfeiffer
Location: Camp Watanopa, Georgetown Lake, Montana

National TU Teen Summit
Dates: June 28-July 2, 2023
Contact: Franklin Tate
Location: Georgetown Lake, MT

New Hampshire Trout Camp
Dates: Tier 1:  August 12-16, 2023; Tier 2:  June 21-25, 2023
Contacts: Phil Donovan, (603) 225-2511
Locations: Berlin and Pittsburg, New Hampshire 

New York Trout Waters Youth Camp
Dates: June 25-30, 2023
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Bob Mead or Mike Walchko
Location: Big Valley Lodge, West Branch of the Delaware River, Hale Eddy, New York

North Carolina Rivercourse
Dates: June 11-16, 2023
Ages: 12-15
Contact: Chris Marok
Location: Lake Logan Retreat Center, Canton, North Carolina 

Oregon Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 27-30, 2023
Ages: 10-14
Contact: Bob Clements
Location: Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon 

Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 18-23, 2023
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Clark Hall, (717) 697-4549
Location: Messiah University, Grantham, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Keystone College/TU Teens Conservation Camp
Dates: TBA
Contact: Jacob Bliss
Location: Keystone College, La Plume, PA

Tennessee Trout Adventure Camp
Dates: June 19-24, 2023
Ages: 12-15
Contacts: Sean Fagan
Location: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend, TN 

Texas Youth Trout Camp
Dates: January, MLK Jr Day weekend, 2023
Ages: 12-17
Contact: Dakus Geeslin, (512) 934-0000
Location: Rio Guadalupe River Resort, Guadalupe River, Sattler, Texas

Utah Teen Fly Fishing & Stream Ecology Camp
Dates: June 20-22, 2023
Ages: 12-18
Contact: David Leta, (801) 560-5382
Location: Sportsman’s Paradise, Paradise, UT

Utah Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 26-28, 2023
Contact: Paul Holden, (435) 757-1647
Location: Stokes Nature Center, Cache Valley, UT 

Vermont Trout Camp
Dates: June 18-22, 2023
Ages: 13-17
Contact: Kurt Budliger
Location: Jackson’s Lodge, Canaan, VT on Lake Wallace

Washington Northwest Youth Conservation & Fly Academy
Dates: June 18-24, 2023
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Bruce Merighi (509) 679-2274, John Gravendyke, Carol Anderson
Location: Panhandle Lake, Shelton, Washington

Wisconsin Youth Fishing Camp
Dates: August 17-20, 2023
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Linn Beck; Wayne Parmley
Location: Pine Lake Bible Camp, Waupaca, Wisconsin


Franklin Tate
Director of the Headwaters Youth Program
PO Box 8016
Asheville, NC 28814
(828) 545-0747
Contact Franklin Tate