About Our Facilities And Grounds
IWLA Rockville Chapter has 50+ acres located in the heart of Montgomery County and is surrounded by Great Seneca State Park. This gives Members the opportunity to enjoy the out of doors. Our property includes:
After originally meeting in the basement of the Rockville Court House (thus the chapter’s name), the Izaak Walton League of America – Rockville Chapter moved to Violet’s Lock on the Potomac River. In the late 1940′s, the chapter was deeded property at its current location off of Waring Station Road. In 1950, Chapter members constructed the chapter house. It was originally a two story block building that served the Chapter well for over 60 years.
In 2012, the Chapter contracted to have the building expanded, adding bathrooms, storage, a front porch and a rear deck. The house is available to members for meetings, weddings and a number of other functions. If you need to book the Chapter house, you must place a Calendar Request.
Jim Berrier Memorial Lake
The Chapter’s lake is an oasis in the middle of Montgomery County. The 3-acre lake provides members with an opportunity to fish, camp, have cookouts and relax.
James W. Berrier was a charter member of the chapter and was an avid sportsman and conservationist, and served as Chapter president in 1948. He was the prime mover in the construction of the new chapter house. In recognition of his contributions, the lake bears his name. More than 300 people turned out for the dedication ceremony where Congressman Dewitt Hyde was guest speaker. The lake was dedicated on June 21, 1958 – the 25th anniversary of the chapter.
When visiting the lake, please follow the Lake Rules. The lake is shown in the map below.
hA beautiful system of trails winds through the hardwood forest on our Chapter property. Pass under towering stands of oak, hickory and tulip poplar. Beginning in late March, watch for the lime green flowers of spice bush, and ephemeral wildflowers like spring beauty and bloodroot, followed by flowering dogwood. A variety of wildlife call this forest home—including deer, foxes, squirrels, songbirds and wading birds.
If you love to hike, the Emma King Nature Trail starts behind the Chapter house where you will walk along the old Mill Race to pass the cold-water spring that feeds a small pool favored by wood frogs and spotted salamanders. Cross the Mill Race to a beautiful view of Great Seneca Creek from the bluff on your way to the American Chestnut orchard, or continue across the creek on our suspension bridge to relax at the Jim Berrier Memorial Lake.
The Rockville Chapter has an eight position pistol range, a three position rifle range, and a static archery range. In order to use any of the Chapter’s ranges, the Member must complete a Range Safety Training class and follow the Range Rules. Our ranges are for the exclusive use of Members of the Rockville Chapter and their accompanying guests. They are NOT open to the public.
Junior Shooting Sports training is limited to BB gun and air rifle/pistol. These training sessions are conducted on the upper level of the Chapter House. During winter months, the Indoor Air Pistol League also uses the upper level of the Chapter House. Additional information on these activities is available in our Chapter Newsletter.