The Lake Youth Foundation

Lake Youth Foundationwas formed in 2005 by Lake of the Woods residents to help support the youth in our community.  LYF is an non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to funding programs that promote the values of community service, citizenship and leadership.  "HELP OUR YOUTH REACH FOR THE STARS!"   Learn more

Upcoming Events

Visit with Santa!

Santa will be visiting the Lake of the Woods on Saturday, December 11th from 2:30pm – 5:30pm at the Community Center located at Sweetbriar Park.

The Lake Youth Foundation will be taking reservations for this event like it has in past years so each child can have their own special time with Santa.  Reservations will begin on Sunday, November 21st by contacting Diane by phone at 540-972-8634 or by email at  

Parents and grandparents are free to take pictures of their children.  Refreshments will be served and each child will have the opportunity to make a Christmas ornament while waiting to see Santa.

This event is free to LOW residents but LYF always welcomes donations to help us fund our scholarship program and other fun family events.

If you love to plan children’s activities, please contact us at because we are always looking for extra volunteers!

Recent Events

22nd Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament

The front entrance pond was the site for the 22nd Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, June 15th.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.  More than 300 fish were caught and released!  Each child was treated to two hours of fishing, a free lunch and fishing gear.  Trophy winners in each age group are as follows:

Ages 5 & 6
Longest Fish - Caroline Leonard
Heaviest Fish - Jason Mills
Most Fish - Alexander Smith

Ages 7 & 8
Longest Fish - Ayla White
Heaviest Fish - Kaleb Townsend
Most Fish - Skylar Schatzer

Ages 9, 10 & 11
Longest Fish - Jacob Mills
Heaviest Fish - Damien Emerson
Most Fish - Matt Betz

Ages 12, 13 & 14

Longest Fish - Derrell Alexander
Heaviest Fish - Sam Dent
Most Fish - Mya Jones

The largest fish was 12 inches and weighed 11.3 ounces and the most fish caught by one person was 25.  What a great day it was for fishing!  Thanks to all of the volunteers and a special thanks to Hank Lewis for being the emcee and Clearwater Grill for preparing lunch for everyone.

The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank our sponsors:  LOWA, LOW Lions, LOW Lioness, AARP Chapter 5239, Suzanne Brady of United Real Estate Premier and The Car Doctor.