Winchester Chapter of the 
Izaak Walton League

Members of the Winchester Chapter of the Izaak Walton have the privilege to use and enjoy Ernie Neff lake.   The lake is named for our past president, who was a community leader and had a true love for fishing and conservation.

The Lake and Conservation committee is dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of the lake,  Chapter forests, trails and campground.  Getting involved is a great family activity that can bring people together for an amazing stewardship experience.

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Lake Neff is open to area youth groups!

The Winchester Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is non-profit organization dedicated to getting
youth into the outdoors. Our lake is available to youth organizations for a fun outing. There are shelters with grills on the lake. 

We are happy to coordinate with your group for a youth fishing activity. We can provide loaner fishing equipment and a volunteer (or 2) to assist with the event.  

For every picture we have in our wall of fame, there are hundreds of pictures of youth just excited to catch fish!!!

Members Only Special Events

We also have members only special events at the lake. Our members only events are open only to members and their guests. Our fishing events are designed to be casual, family friendly and relaxing.

Have you seen the big fish? Large fish are a common sight but also impossible to catch because they are herbivores. These fish include grass carp, common carp and Koi. They provide an essential function of eating weeds (which means they don't eat worms!). They often swim together in synchronicity and are an amazing to watch!

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, August 28, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lake

    Cub Scout Fishing Day at the Chapter. 

    • Saturday, September 04, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Winchester Izaak Walton League Chapter House

    The Winchester Izaak Walton League will be having a Family Fun Day on September 4th, 2021!!  A full schedule will be available in the next month.  Each membership family is invited to bring a family with them.  RSVP will be required.  Registration will being August 1st.  you will not want to miss this!!!!

    • Friday, September 10, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 12, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Winchester Chapter

    The Winchester Chapter will be hosting the Shenandoah Area Council Shawnee District Spring Camporee on September 10 -12, 2021.  We are expecting several hundred scouts and leaders for a weekend our outdoor fun.

    The Chapter Trails, Rifle/Pistol Range, Shotgun Range, campground and Lake will be closed during the event.

Past events

Saturday, April 24, 2021 Mike Mercer Memorial Kid's Fishing Derby
Monday, April 19, 2021 LAKE NEFF CLOSED - Stocking for Kid's Fishing Derby
Saturday, March 20, 2021 Opening Day 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 LAKE NEFF CLOSED - Stocking for Opening Day Event
Saturday, March 13, 2021 Chapter Work Day (PM SHIFT)
Saturday, March 13, 2021 Chapter Work Day (AM Shift)
Thursday, February 11, 2021 Lake and Conservation Meeting
Saturday, November 07, 2020 Chapter Work Day
Saturday, September 26, 2020 Panfish Wrangle
Saturday, September 12, 2020 Lake Work Day


The Winchester Chapter of the Izaak Walton is here to bring our community together to experience, enjoy, and positively impact the great outdoors in our area.

Visit the National Chapter Site at:


540-662-2976 (voice message)


2863 Millwood Pike Winchester, VA 22602

Mailing: PO Box 2955 Winchester, VA 22604


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