Established in 2002, the Rivercourse Coldwater Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp is sponsored by the North Carolina State Council of Trout Unlimited and emphasizes Trout Unlimited’s Mission – the conservation, restoration and preservation of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds – while teaching campers the basics of fly fishing, a sport for a lifetime.
Rivercourse is a high quality experience for boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 15 and takes place in the heart of the Appalachian mountains at the Lake Logan Event Center near Canton, N.C. This pristine setting includes a section of the West Fork of the Pigeon River, which is privately owned and stocked with trout for the use of the camp.
While flyfishing is the camp’s primary activity focus, campers get to enjoy some other unique, often once-in-a-lifetime experience, like releasing a raptor (like a hawk) and catching it when it returns, a campfire, outside games, visits with conservation officials, fish sampling and many others.
At the end of the week, campers get their turn to act as ghillies and instruct the staff. This “turning the tables” session is one of the most popular of the whole week, good for lots of laughs and learning.
And throughout the camp there are plenty of sessions where we just have fun fishing together and getting to know each other and building enduring friendships, gaining a deeper appreciation of the majesty of nature while learning to love a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
The camp is open to all young men and women ages 13-15.
Campers do not have to be North Carolina residents or Trout Unlimited members to attend.
A Day At Camp
- Wake-Up Call
- Fly Fishing Safety and Etiquette
- Fly Tying
- Fly Casting Essentials
- Bugs & Flies
- Entomology On The Water
- Entomology In the Classroom
- Secrets of Flyfishing Success
- Mentored Fishing
- Cabin Time
- Lights Out
Some of the Camp’s Other Activities Include: Release & Retrieve a Raptor, Outdoor Games, Time To Fish With Friends, Campfires, Conservation Projects, Fish & Insect Sampling …and many more!
Camper lodging is fully chaperoned in well-appointed cottages at the beautiful Lake Logan Center near Canton, with three delicious meals served daily in a beautiful dining room setting. To learn more about the center, please visit https://www.lakelogan.org.
The campers are lodged in cottages with four bedrooms. Each bedroom has a set of twin beds and a private bathroom. All linens and towels are provided. Meals are served in a modern dining hall, part of which is set up as a permanent “classroom”.
To ensure privacy, boys and girls are housed in separate cabins with same-gender counselors serving as their chaperones.
Our Goals For Campers
To leave with a lasting appreciation of the importance of preserving and protecting our environment.
To become committed as an active participant in efforts to ensure clean water and habitat for generations to come.
To learn about fly fishing, get outside, make friends and have a great time at camp.
2019 Camp Dates and Tuition
Rivercourse 2019 will take place June 16-July 21, 2019. Prospective campers are encouraged to sign up early, because enrollment is limited to 12 young men and 6 young women each year, so that we may give each camper personal attention.
Tuition for Rivercourse 2019 is $695, payable upon acceptance. The tuition includes all meals, lodging, supplies, equipment and lessons for the camper for the week. If you’re interested in attending but can’t afford the tuition, your local Trout Unlimited chapter may be able to help.