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

22nd Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament 2019

Gather your fishing gear and bait buckets for the Lake Youth Foundation’s 22nd Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament which will be held on Saturday, June 15th from 9am – 11am. The event will be held at the front entrance pond for children ages 5 to 14 years old.

Registration begins May 17th and ends on June 12th.  There is limited space available so please register early.  You can register online by clicking below.  There will be no registrations taken on the day of the tournament.

Check-in on the day of the tournament will begin at 8:00am.  The actual fishing tournament will start at 9:00am and end at 11:00am.  Lunch will be served immediately following the tournament for the children and their families that participate in the event.  The awards ceremony will start at noon.

The tournament rules and regulations can be viewed by clicking here.

If your child needs a rod & reel to participate or if you have any questions, please contact Terry Hileman by phone at 540-972-8634 or by email at

Recent Events

21st Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament

The front entrance pond was the site for the 21st Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, June 16th.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.  More than 270 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 - Kayleigh Chekos
Heaviest Fish - Elijah Filmore
Most Fish - Noah Mattil

Ages 7 & 8
Longest Fish - Myles Jones
Heaviest Fish - Skylar Schatzer
Most Fish - Jeffrey Wolfe

Ages 9, 10 & 11
Longest Fish - Cali DeLongis
Heaviest Fish - Zelina Filmore
Most Fish - Matt Betz

Ages 12, 13 & 14
Longest Fish - Brendan Basden
Heaviest Fish - Colton Protiva
Most Fish - Milyana Filmore

The largest fish was 15 inches and weighed 2 pounds and the most fish caught by one person was 24.  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, LOW Bass Anglers, AARP Chapter 5239, Suzanne Brady of Century 21 Adventure Redwood and The Car Doctor.