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The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

Events Calendar



2018 Fisherman’s Swap Meet and Boat Show

Swap Meet

4-H Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds
Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Des Moines Izaak Walton League in conjunction with the Warren County Izaak Walton League will be participating at the 39th Annual Fisherman’s Swap Meet sponsored by the Mid-Iowa Bass Masters.

Join us in the 4-H Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for our 40th annual Swap Meet & Boat Show. Informative seminars, antique lures & fishing tackle for sale or trade, lure making demonstrations, product demos, food, plan a vacation at one of our great fishing resorts! Adults – $5, Children 12 and Under are FREE (with paid adult).

Capitol Callers 6th Annual Delta Waterfowl Banquet
Saturday, February 24, 2018 4:30 p.m – 11 p.m.
The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League
4343 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, Iowa 50321

Capitol Callers Annual Banquet helps support Delta Waterfowls Mission “To produce ducks and secure the future of waterfowl hunting.” The banquet also helps our local chapter fund many of our projects. Some of the projects completed this past fall include The Hartford Wood Duck Box Project, Hen Nest Structures at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, @Mid-Iowa Youth Event, College scholarships, and others.

At the Banquet we will have Dinner, Auctions both Live and Silent, Raffles, Games, Kids Activities, and a lot of fun. All tickets (including tables) come with a great dinner and Delta Waterfowl Membership ($35 value).

All tickets purchased before February 1, 2018 will also receive an entry into a free raffle bag drawing.
Individual tickets $55
Couple tickets $70
Youth tickets $20

Email for details, ticket purchases or volunteer opportunities. Learn more at the web site:

Be sure to bring your spouse and kids, and invite your hunting buddies for a fun filled evening.

February 27th – Farmer Appreciation Night and a Special Presentation from Tim Wagner!

This is an opportunity to share our appreciation for our partners in agriculture that support us and allow the Ikes to access their land for hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Each member can bring up to two guests in Ag., who will then be treated to a FREE delicious Prime rib Dinner with all the trimmings!

Tim Wagner, Izaak Walton League Agriculture Outreach Coordinator, will present a program on the federal Farm Bill, and what it means to us.

March 2o18

Life in the Raccoon River: Regenerative Farming
Sponsored by the Raccoon River Watershed Association
Hotel Pattee, Perry IA – (515) 465-3511
Rooms available at reduced rate ($129 plus tax)

Friday, March 2

5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
6 p.m. Dinner ($50)
7 p.m.: Speaker – Bob Riley

Saturday, March 3

9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Speakers and Programs
11:45 a.m. Lunch ($10)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Speakers and Programs

Click here for the Full Program

Go to to find out more!

April 2018

2018 95th Annual State Convention
April 27-29, 2018
Hosted by the Ottumwa Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America
11077 90th St, Ottumwa, IA 52501

Friday, April 27: Early Bird Dinner with Silent Auction Items on display.

Saturday, April 28
12 noon:
5:30 p.m. – Social Hour / 6:30 p.m. – Awards Banquet: Silent Auction closes at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 29: 2018 State Trapshoot beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Host Hotel
Lexington Inn and Suites, 2813 North Court Road, Ottumwa, IA 52349
Room Rate: $60 + tax

For details and registration forms see the Winter 2018 edition of the Iowa Waltonian.

May 2018

Hillbilly Auction
ALL are welcome!
Date and time TBD

Our annual fundraiser for youth returns, with everything from fishing rods to tackle, to anything you can think of! Make your donations beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the auction! Bring your kids, grandkids and all of your friends to join us for this fun family event!

June 2018

Special Person’s Day
Date and time TBD

Our annual event for the developmentally disabled at Big Creek State Park with a day of fishing and a lunch served by the Ikes. Thanks to Big Creek Marina, the Iowa DNR

Free Fishing Friday
Date and time TBD

Gray’s Lake, Des Moines – Free fishing weekend (no fishing license needed) – bring the kids, a friend, or come alone. Fun, hands-on activities with a focus on fishing.

CARPfest Tournament
Date and time TBD

Gray’s Lake, Des Moines – Swimming area parking lot
Registration at 8:00 a.m. Door prizes and Prize for largest fish

July 2018

2018 National Convention
July 17-20, 2018
Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Guest speakers, Informative workshops, and networking opportunities. More to come, so save the date!

Des Moines Ikes’ Annual Sweet Corn Feed
Date and time TBD

All the delicious sweet corn you can eat! Plus 1/4 lb. polish sausage, potato salad, watermelon, iced tea, lemonade or coffee. Open to all in our air conditioned chapter house!

August 2018

17th Annual River Run Garbage Grab
Date and time TBD

(Des Moines / Raccoon River Cleanup) – From Saylorville to Yellow Banks Park

The River Run Garbage Grab allows volunteers the opportunity to remove trash from the river or along its adjacent trails–paddlers, rowers, power boaters, walkers, hikers, bicyclers, mountain bikers, birders, etc. are all welcome! To volunteer go to:

September 2018

Iowa Outdoor Expo - Logo 400 x 150Waterworks Park, Des Moines, Iowa
Dates and times TBD

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by bringing the entire family out for a fun weekend discovering new and exciting ways to enjoy Iowa’s outdoors! FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING! With over 50 free hands-on activities and daily family presentations, visitors are able to learn, observe and experience recreation opportunities in the great outdoors.


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