TU Fishing & Conservation Camps and Academies

A national network of summer angling and conservation experiences.

Applications open now for regional camps. Apply today!

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.

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.

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.

2020 TU Summer Camps and Academies

  • 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 5-7, 2020
Contact: David Vick
Location: Lost Lake Scout camp, Fairbanks Alaska

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

California Sierra Trout Camp
Dates: TBD
Contact: Sam Sedillo
Location: Sagehen Creek Field Station, Truckee, California

Colorado River Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Dates: Postponed until 2021
Contact: Mark Hanson or Barbara Luneau
Location: Silent Springs Resort, Almont, Colorado

Northern Colorado Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Day Camp
Dates: July 27-August 1, 2020 (day camp format)
Ages: 14-17
Contact: William Gedge
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
*Preference given to North Central Colorado Youth.

Georgia Trout Camp
Dates: May 31-June 5, 2020
Ages: 12 – 15
Contact: Charlie & Kathy Breithaupt, (706) 782-6954
Location: Tallulah Falls School, Tallulah Falls, GA
Georgia TU Camp Webpage

Idaho Trout Camp
Dates: July 13-17, 2020
Ages: 10-13 for campers. Leaders in Training ages 13+.
Contact: Rachel Suchan
Location: Ketchum, Idaho

Illinois Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 26-31, 2020
Ages: 13 -18
Contacts: Dan LaFave
Location: Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon, Michigan
www.obtu.org | 2018 Camp Flyer

Maine Trout Camp
Dates: TBD
Ages: 13-17
Contact: Willie Grenier, (207) 872-2014
Location: Evergreens Campground, Solon, Maine

Michigan Youth Conservation & Trout Camp
Dates: Postponed until 2021
Ages: 14-16
Contacts: Alan Brooks, (269) 370-3269; Paul Meyer
Location: Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center Roscommon, Michigan

Montana Fly Fishing & Conservation Camp
Dates: TBD
Contact: Jessica McCutcheon
Location: Camp Watanopa, Georgetown Lake, Montana

National TU Teen Summit
Dates: July 26-30, 2020
Contacts: Tara Granke, Franklin Tate
Location: Higgins Lake, Michigan

New Hampshire Trout Camp
Dates: August 8-12, 2020 (Tier 1 & Counselors-in-Training); June 24-28, 2020 (Tier 2)
Contacts: Phil Donovan, (603) 225-2511
Locations: Berlin and Pittsburg, New Hampshire

New York Trout Waters Youth Camp
Dates: June 28-July 3, 2020
Ages: 13-17
Contacts: Bob Mead or Mike Walchko
Location: Land of the Vikings on the Delaware River, Hancock, NY

North Carolina Rivercourse
Dates: Postponed until 2021
Contact: Reba Brinkman
Location: Lake Logan Center, Canton, North Carolina

Oregon Youth Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 23-26, 2020
Ages: 10-14
Contact: Dave Tenney; (503) 408-4898
Location: Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon

Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: June 21-26, 2020
Ages: 14-17
Contacts: Clark Hall, (717) 697-4549
Location: Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Keystone College/TU Teens Conservation Camp
Dates: June 15-20, 2020
Contact: Charlie Charlesworth, (570) 954-5042
Location: Keystone College, LaPlume, PA

Tennessee Trout Adventure Camp
Dates: June 15-20, 2020
Ages: 12-15
Contacts: Steve Young, (832) 256-3228; Sean Fagan
Location: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend, TN

Texas Youth Trout Camp
Dates: January 18-19, 2020
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
Fly Fishing and Stream Ecology Camp
Dates: June 8-10, 2020
Ages: 12-18
Contact: David Leta, (801) 257-1928
Location: Sportsman’s Paradise, Paradise, UT

Utah Fly Fishing Camp
Dates: July 29-31, 2020
Contact: Paul Holden, (435) 757-1647
Location: Stokes Nature Center, Cache Valley, UT

Vermont Trout Camp
Dates: TBD
Ages: 13-16
Contact: Kurt Budliger
Location: Jackson’s Lodge, Canaan, VT on Lake Wallace

Tri-State Conservation & Fishing Camp (VA, WV, MD, and DC)
Dates: Postponed until 2021
Ages: 13-17
Contacts: Galen Westman, (571) 606-0307; George Gaines, (202) 904-3547
Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, Virginia

NW (Washington) Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy
Dates: Postponed until 2021
Contacts: Mike Clancy, (360) 753-1259; Jim Brosio, (360) 943-9947
Location: Gwinwood Conference Center, Lacey, Washington

Wisconsin Youth Fishing Camp
Dates: August 13-16, 2020
Ages: 12-16
Contacts: Linn Beck; Wayne Parmley
Location: Pine Lake Bible Camp, Waupaca, Wisconsin


Franklin Tate
Director of the Headwaters Youth Program
394 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 545-0747
Contact Franklin Tate