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Bush Lake Chapter

Izaak Walton League of America

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Chapter Rules / Policies

Chapter Rules/Policies

IWLA Bush Lake Chapter is a private property owner in a residential neighborhood.  Keep all noise and traffic at low levels out of respect to our neighbors.  Please help keep the grounds free of litter...Pack it in – Pack it all out

We are a conservation property. For over 80 years Ikes have worked to preserve this spot, protect Bush Lake and provide wildlife habitat. Many species use this property, a great variety of wildlife. We ask that you remember that we share this spot with all the different plants and animals, and ask that you tread lightly and respect mother nature while you enjoy your visit.

Violation of Chapter Rules, and any applicable state and local laws/ordinances, can result in membership revocation.

Use of Property by Member(s) of Record's Children & Guests:

  • The adult Chapter Member(s) of Record must always be present with Children under age 18, Adult Children 18 and over, and all Guests.  
  • Adult Chapter Member(s) of Record must not share gate keys with other family/friends.
  • Adult chapter member is responsible for the safety and behavior of their family/guests, and will be responsible for any damages.

Beach & Swimming Safety:

  • Beach is unsupervised - swim at your own risk
  • Parents/Guardians must supervise their children at all times on the beach and in the swimming area
  • Members may not reserve the beach area
  • No fishing in the swimming area, including the beach or raft area (due to risk of losing hooks)
  • Dogs are not permitted on the beach (see "Dogs" rules below)
  • Respect the safety and rights of other beach users and swimmers at all times 
  • Please refrain from having canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards in the swim area or beach when others are present.


  • Izaak Walton chapter grounds are not for use as a Dog Park.  In order to maintain a safe and respectful environment for all who visit, all dogs must be under control at all times and not allowed to harass others, including wildlife.  
  • Dogs shall be leashed and under control when other individuals/families (especially families with children) are present.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the beach/swimming area.  They may be exercised in the shore area by the canoe rack or shore area 50-feet east of the beach.
  • Dogs must be under control at all times.
  • Owners are responsible for clean-up and proper disposal of pet waste.

Hours - Closed at 10pm:

  • Chapter grounds close at 10pm.
  • Members and their guests must leave the chapter property by 10pm, unless a written permit for extended hours has been provided by the chapter’s board of directors, in response to a written request.
  • IWLA-Bush Lake is a private property owner in a residential neighborhood.  Keep all noise and traffic at low levels out of respect to our neighbors.  Drive slowly on Izaak Walton Road.

Gate - when in doubt, keep it closed:

  • Close & Lock Gate when Entering & Leaving (except with posted chapter event)
  • Make arrangements for guests or family members arriving separately to gain access to the property (ie. cell phone, having someone wait at the gate with a key), but do not leave the gate open.
  • Do not block private driveways while waiting outside of gate / Do not park outside of gate.
  • Drive Slow & Safe when entering or leaving the chapter property – 20 mph is plenty.
  • Keep all noise and traffic -speed at low levels, out of respect to our neighbors.
  • Gate lock is changed annually in mid-February.  Members receive a new key when they renew their annual membership. 

Canoe/Kayak Storage:

  • A limited number of racks are available to members for canoe-kayak storage. Annual rack rental for canoes & kayaks is $90.
  • All stored watercraft must have a current DNR license (for >10 foot watercraft) and be in accordance with chapter requirements and policies.
  • All stored watercraft shall be securely tied down to prevent from being blown off the racks.
  • The chapter is not responsible for damage or loss that may occur to canoes, kayaks or paddle boards stored on the chapter racks  
  • For more information on rack-rental availability, email requests to: bushlakeikes@gmail.com

Use of lodge:           

  • All lodge group (3 or more) usage must be made by reservation, through the caretaker.
  • Only Bush Lake Chapter members may reserve the lodge.
  • The lodge may be reserved by members for groups up to 30.
  • Member making the reservation must be present during the entire event and is responsible for the safety and behavior of guests and for any damages.
  • $50 refundable deposit is required to hold a reservation.  Deposit will not be refunded if any required cleanup is not completed by the member renter. 
  • Member must be present before guests arrive
  • Member must provide gate opening & closing for arriving guests.  Guest vehicles must not block private driveways of neighbors. - Parking  outside the gate is not allowed.
  • Parking is limited - provide guidance to guests to park efficiently without blocking access.  Encourage carpooling.
  • Member must provide parking attendant, to efficiently park guest vehicles within chapter property, to allow access & parking by other chapter members.
  • Cars may not drive or park on the lawn near the lodge.
  • Groups must bring their own paper products and trash bags.  
  • The reserving member must clean-up the lodge and pack out all refuse.
  • Pack it in – Pack it all out  -  Please help keep the grounds free of litter.
  • Extinguish your fire completely before you leave the property.
  • Spring, Summer and Fall usage fee is $2 per person, with a minimum fee of $25 (maximum of 12 cars).
  • Winter usage fee is $4/person, with a minimum fee of $40 (maximum of 8 cars).
  • Contact Chapter Caretaker for checking lodge availability and reservations – pwerdmann@yahoo.com

Picnic Tables & Fire Pits - to be shared:

  • Be respectful and share with other members when there is high demand.  Chapter tables, fire pits, barbeque grills may not be reserved.  
  • Keep all fires in designated fire pits only.  
  • Do not bring firewood to the Chapter, this can spread invasive species.  Firewood is provided.
  • Extinguish your fire completely before you leave the property
  • Pack it in-pack it all out  (please help keep the grounds free of litter).
  • No upcoming events
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