Our mission statement of the Lackawanna Valley #414 Chapter of Trout Unlimited is to preserve, protect and restore the coldwater fisheries and their watersheds throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves on being a conservation organization. Our chapter has restored streams through habitat improvement projects, conducted water quality test and fisheries management and many other activities. Our ultimate goal is to preserve and protect fisheries for future generations.
The Keystone Creekwalkers, our 5-Rivers initiative at Keystone College in La Plume, Pa, was founded in February 2015 by a group of students that enjoyed fishing together. The hope was to introduce fly fishing and cold water conservation to students that otherwise may not have been exposed to these ideals. Trout Unlimited in partnership with Costa Del Mar created the 5-Rivers initiative in order to involve college-age people with Trout Unlimited, similarly to the TU Teens program with middle and high school students.
With humble beginnings of bake sale and t-shirt fundraisers, the Creekwalkers have adopted an annual conservation and fly fishing expo featuring local experts, guides, merchants, and state conservation agencies. The club meets weekly, planning fishing trips ranging from the stream located on campus to the famed Salmon River in New York. The club provides fishing gear to club members at no cost and holds fly casting and fly tying demonstrations, as well as on-stream help. Creekwalkers often become leaders in conservation fields post-graduation, and many continue fly fishing on their own, continuing and advocating for the sport. One Creekwalker in particular even went on to become President of this very chapter.
For more information, please contact Club President Mason Crouthamel at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2013 Pa Council of Trout Unlimited the Leon Urbas Award for Best Chapter
- 2014 Pa Council of Trout Unlimited Chapter Recruiting Award
- 2015 National Trout Unlimited awards LVTU as the Host of the 2015 National Convention
- 2015 National Trout Unlimited listed the Lackawanna River in it’s most recent update, one of the 100 Best Trout Streams in America
- 2015 Mike Kashuba named Chapter Volunteer of the Year
- 2016 Carl Mozeleski named Chapter Volunteer of the Year
- 2016 Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Shelburne Award for environmental Excellence, Charlie Charlesworth
- 2016 National Trout Unlimited Distinguished Service Award for Leadership, Charles Charlesworth
- 2016 Pa Council of Trout Unlimited the Inky Moore Award for Distinguished Service to Pa Council
- 2018 Runner up for 2019 Fly Fisherman Magazine Conservationist of the Year Award
- 2020 National Conservationist of the Year Award from Fly Fisherman Magazine and Simms Charlie Charlesworth
- 2020 Lackawanna River named River of the Year by Pa Department of Environmental Resources.