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.

 

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.

 

Over a full week, Rivercourse campers receive instruction from a staff of dedicated volunteers, including members of Trout Unlimited, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service in specialized areas such as herpetology (amphibians), geology, entomology (insects), botany, wetlands ecology, stream restoration techniques and environmental policy.

 

Best of all, the Rivercourse experience includes lots of time on the water for campers to put what they’ve learned into practice in pursuit of trout on a beautiful western North Carolina stream, with personal advice, tips. and instruction from our group of experienced “ghillies.”