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

21st Annual Children's Fishing Tournament

Gather your fishing gear and bait buckets for the Lake Youth Foundation’s 21st Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament which will be held on Saturday, June 16th from 9am – 11am. The event will be held at the front entrance pond for children ages 5 to 14 years old.

Registration begins May 18th and ends on June 13th. There is limited space available so please register early. There will be no registrations taken on the day of the tournament.

You can register by clicking below.

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

20th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament

The front entrance pond was the site for the 20th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May 14th.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.  More than 240 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 - Brayden Gaskill
Heaviest Fish - Genevieve Quichocho
Most Fish - Hunter Rasnick

Ages 7 & 8
Longest Fish - Kaydence Hill-Jiggetts
Heaviest Fish - Nicholas Coaston
Most Fish - Matt Betz

Ages 9, 10 & 11
Longest Fish - Scarlett Irrig
Heaviest Fish - Liam Rice
Most Fish - Anthony Quimper

Ages 12, 13 & 14
Longest Fish - Jordan Gore
Heaviest Fish - Jacob Bolls
Most Fish - Lillian Fario

The largest fish was 19 inches and weighed 3.5 pounds and the most fish caught by one person was 21.  What a great day it was for fishing!  Thanks to all of the volunteers and a special thanks to Hank Lewis for being the MC and Clearwater Grill for preparing lunch for everyone.

The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank our sponsors:  LOWA, Connor’s Pest Protection, LOW Lions, LOW Lioness, LOW Bass Anglers, AARP Chapter 5239, Suzanne Brady of Century 21 Redwood and The Car Doctor.


LYF Supports the OCHS Robotics Team

The Lake Youth Foundation received a certificate of appreciation from the OCHS Hornets Robotics Team for their contribution and support.