About Us

The Minnesota Division Izaak Walton League of America is composed of 16 chapters located throughout the state of Minnesota.

Mission Statement: To conserve, restore, and pr omote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Our most recent Bylaws.

Contact Us

Minnesota Division

Izaak Walton League of America

P.O. Box 385403

Bloomington, MN 55438



National Office

Izaak Walton League of America

707 Conservation Lane

Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Executive Director - Scott Kovarovics ext. 223

Executive Committee

President - John Rust 763-202-3346 imgahn2u@yahoo.com

1st Vice President - Jen Wahls

2nd Vice President - John Crampton

Secretary - Matt Norton

Treasurer - Jill Crafton

Immediate Past Division President - Craig Sterle

National Director *elected June 2017 - Jill Crafton

National Director *elected June 2018- Gary Schwartz

Other National Directors

John Rust (Current President)

Dave Zentner (Past National President)

Committee Chairs

Policy Resolutions - Jill Crafton

For nearly 100 years, the Izaak Walton League has fought for clean air and water, healthy fish and wildlife habitat, and conserving special places for future generations. The organization was founded in 1922 in Chicago, Illinois by a group of sportsmen who wished to protect fishing opportunities for future generations.

They named the league after seminal fishing enthusiast Izaak Walton, the 17th century author of The Compleat Angler, a classic book about the art and spirit of fishing. It was the first conservation organization with a mass membership. Today, the League plays a unique role in supporting citizens locally and shaping conservation policy nationwide.

The League led efforts for clean water legislation, achieving initial success with the passage of federal water pollution acts in 1948, 1956 and finally the Clean Water Act of 1972. The League continues to advocate for preserving wetlands, protecting wilderness, and promoting soil and water conservation. Its Save Our Streams (SOS) program involves activists in all fifty states in monitoring water quality.

The League has 40,000 members and 300 chapters in 6 regions in 25 states across the country, including 16 in Minnesota. It has a broad agenda acting as defenders of soil, air, woods, water and wildlife. The League publishes a quarterly magazine, Outdoor America, which covers the League's activities as well as the environment. The League is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The League has a grass roots, community based, balanced approach that allows for diverse views handling complex issues respectfully. We focus on helping citizens solve conservation challenges and enjoy outdoor recreation where they live. We work for practical solutions that balance conservation with sustainable use of natural resources.

You can join us in protecting America's outdoors by becoming a member. You will help to support the important conservation and advocacy work of the League and receive additional member benefits.

For more information on the Minnesota Izaak Walton League's history up to 1972, check out Hayden, Thomas Howard (2001), Citizen leadership in conservation : The Minnesota Izaak Walton League, 1922-1972, St, Paul MN: Izaak Walton League of America, Minnesota Division.

IWLA Mission Statement

To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.