Yellow River, Allamakee County, IA
In 2019, the IA DNR purchased an angler access easement on the Yellow River in Allamakee County from the Rissman family, who have farmed the property for many generations. A stream habitat improvement project soon followed. In 2021, an adjacent angler access easement was purchased from the Rissmans. ICC partnered with the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association, Iowa Driftless Trout Unlimited, Spring Creeks Trout Unlimited, and North Bear Trout Unlimited chapters to completely fund the easement. This was the first time an angler easement was entirely funded by donations from non-profit groups. These two easements on private property are also the first two permanent public fishing access sites on the Yellow River.